Harvest and Deliver Program

 " San Antonio Heights Harvest and Deliver Program"
                                                   ***   A Quadruple Win Program  ***

The "San Antonio Heights Harvest and Deliver Program" was started last summer by Mary Petit and Holly Wood. This is an outgrowth of the Heights Backyard Produce Exchange which is held the first Saturday of the month in the back parking lot of Life Bible Fellowship Church from 9 to 11 am. The Harvest and Deliver Program was originally developed to ensure leftover produce from the exchange would not be wasted. In addition to providing fruit to our Fire Station 12 firemen, the extra produce is delivered to families, senior centers, and charitable organizations such as Food Banks who are in need of fresh fruit. 

The program has grown considerably. In addition to the leftover produce from the exchange, we now have more than 20 residents in Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Claremont who allow us to pick their fruit for donation. We have almost two dozen volunteers to draw upon for picking the fruit. And we deliver the produce to 10 different groups and organizations in Upland, Rancho, Montclair, Fontana, and Claremont. In most cases, this is the only fresh produce these groups receive. Almost every week we deliver about 1400 pounds of fresh fruit. 

This is a quadruple-win program. It helps the residents who are not able to keep up with their prolific fruit trees. It helps the trees become good producers year after year. It reduces the rodent population and deters wildlife who feast on fruit that has fallen to the ground. And most of all it provides fresh produce to those in-need.

Please support this worthwhile program. The program needs plastic milk crates, fruit picking tools, and aluminum ladders to support the volunteers who help with the picking. They would also welcome donation of a flatbed trailer or old pick-up truck that runs. All donations are tax-deductible as this program is now part of the "Incredible Edible Community Garden" 501(C)3 non-profit association. Please contact Mary Petit at mary_petit@yahoo.com or call her at 909-608-7438 or 941-276-1150.