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On the morning of Saturday, August 20th, 20 volunteers with the Soil Born Farms Harvest Sacramento Program converged on Three Rivers Ranch in West Sacramento to pick watermelons for the hungry. The end result – over 10,000 pounds of fruit harvested, with 9,224 pounds of fresh, delicious watermelons picked up by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for distribution across the region. The volunteers got to fill up their cars with what didn’t fit in the truck! The gleaning was organized by Harvest Sacramento and the CropMobster Sacramento community helped get the word out.
The gleaning was fun, to say the least. Volunteers spread out across one edge of the 15 acre watermelon patch and started walking, picking the ripe watermelons and consolidating them to be loaded into bins and picked up with a forklift later in the day. Watermelons that were accidentally dropped or split were great opportunities for a quick taste test – quality control is essential! The big Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services truck came later that afternoon to pick up the melons for refrigeration and ultimately, distribution!
A big shoutout to Dominic Allamano of Soil Born Farms/Harvest Sacramento for organizing the event and connecting all the partners, to Eve and Guy Mayer of Three Rivers Ranch in West Sacramento for hosting us, Vierra Farms for growing these fine fruits and allowing them to be harvested for the greater good, to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for logistical support and getting this food into the hands of the hungry, to the Harvest Sacramento volunteers who got up early to get sticky and dirty, and to you, the CropMobster Sacramento community, for getting the word out through your networks. CropMobster Sacramento is one of multiple projects within Valley Vision’s food and agriculture portfolio; Valley Vision would like to congratulate all involved for exemplifying the passion of the Sacramento region’s food and ag community. Great job, all!
The fruits of your labor are appreciated – thank you again! Please share this impact story with your networks and let’s spread the word about this great work!
Here are some great photos from the gleaning: