Salt Lake City is proud to partner with Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) to provide the SLC FruitShare program, which aims to feed the community while reducing food waste and utilizing neglected resources.
Each season, as fruit is ready to be harvested at the homes of registered fruit tree owners, groups of volunteers are organized to go out and harvest. The harvested yield is distributed between the homeowners, volunteers, and local food banks and other community agencies.
GULB is currently seeking Neighborhood Hub Leaders for the FruitShare Program, to help maintain efficiency and effectiveness as the organization continues to incorporate more trees and more volunteers.
The Neighborhood Hub Leaders will fulfill the vital role of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in their neighborhood. Each leader will be primarily responsible for organizing and overseeing fruit tree thinning and harvesting events within their specified hub, ensuring that all of the registered fruit trees in that region are harvested in a timely manner. While this position requires independent initiative, the leaders will receive supervision and support from Green Urban Lunch Box.
For a position description and application, visit the GULB website at or email email@example.com.
Would you like to be a vendor at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market? Are you a farmer or grower within 250 miles of Salt Lake City? Do you hand-make artwork or crafts? Are you a local musician? A non-profit organization? A volunteer? A sponsor?
For details about the application process and the link to apply, visit the Downtown Farmers Market application page.
The application period ends April 3rd. Secure your involvement in something sustainable, local, and beautiful today!
Trees across Salt Lake City are heavy with ripe, delicious apricots and we need your help to harvest them!
We are in great need for volunteers for harvesting events on the following days:
- Saturday, July 12 (beginning at 8 a.m.)
- Monday, July 14
- Tuesday, July 15
Volunteer teams will help harvest local apricot trees in the Salt Lake City. Volunteers will be able to bring a portion of the harvest home with them to enjoy.
No experience is necessary – training will be done with volunteers on site.
To sign up please email SLCgreen@slcgov.com.
SLC FruitShare helps to minimize food waste, promote local food production, and enhance the community’s knowledge of fruit trees by engaging local fruit tree owners.
Throughout the year, fruit trees are pruned, thinned and the fruit is then picked and donated to non-profits working on sustainable food and hunger issues (Utahns Against Hunger and Green Urban Lunchbox).
Salt Lake City’s FruitShare program is growing leaps and bounds! Last year the program collected over 10,000 pounds of fresh local fruit from residential trees and put it into the hands of individuals with low access to healthy produce.
Even though the temperatures are brisk and your trees are bare, now is the time to think about participating in FruitShare in 2014!
Register new trees or volunteer to harvest (& enjoy a share of the bounty!)
Here is a timeline of 2014 FruitShare events and opportunities:
February – March:
Fruit Tree Pruning — If you’re interested in having your tree(s) pruned/trimmed, please send an email by February 15th and you will be added to our trimming list. Please note, we may not be able to get to some trees due to resources and or eligibility. Adding your tree to our list does not guarantee trimming service. We will inform you whether or not you will receive trimming service. A suggested donation of $25 is requested for this service to help cover the cost of providing this service.
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop — March 29, 2014 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join Wasatch Community Gardens and Tree Utah for a lesson on fruit tree care. In this hands-on workshop you will learn about how to use your pruning tools. And, you will learn all about pruning and caring for your fruit trees. Attending this workshop or another fruit tree pruning class will make your tree(s) a priority on our harvest list.
May – June:
Thinning — Larger healthier fruit comes from coaxing the tree to put more energy into fewer of them – and therefore pulling off good fruit when they are small. Fruit thinning channels more of a tree’s attention to the fruit that remains. Thinning lessens weight on branches and helps manage pests and diseases that prefer fruit bunched close together. Thin the crop when developing fruits are about an inch in diameter. We need volunteers to help thin fruit trees. If you are interested in volunteering, please send us an email.
June – October:
Our friends at Wasatch Community Gardens invite you to join them for their 3rd Annual Fall Plant Sale and (yum!) Tomato Sandwich Party.
Keep your garden alive! Purchase vegetable starts and seeds that can produce crops into the early winter months.
Both the Fall Plant Sale and Tomato Sandwich Party will take place on Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grateful Tomato Garden (800 S 600 E).
The promise of unique heirloom tomatoes, homemade pesto and fresh, locally made bread is more than enough to get us on board!
More information is available on the Wasatch Community Gardens website.