This autumn, La Cañada Flintridge residents with fruit trees in their yards can grow some goodwill by participating in the local community center’s new Community Harvest program. By connecting homeowners with volunteer fruit-pickers, the program, which will get underway in a few weeks, aims to provide a local food bank with fresh produce while helping fruit-tree owners reduce waste.
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Monica DeMoulin, who is coordinating the program, said that it just makes sense.
“All this food is growing in our own backyard, and then we have neighbors in the town next door that don’t have enough food in their refrigerators. It was just screaming out as something that was right here in front of us,” said DeMoulin. “We just needed to put the pieces together.”
DeMoulin said she spearheaded an initial community harvest program in La Cañada Flintridge in April and May with her daughter, Olivia, as a community service project for Olivia’s Girl Scout Troop.