First Pickin’ Kitchen 2012 over 1,500 lbs. of fruit picked!
Over 50 volunteers with the new Hollywood Orchard came out for a fun day of urban farming in Beachwood Canyon last Saturday, Feb. 25th. Kicking off the day with breakfast and some words about the new organization, teams of enthusiastic volunteers then spread out through the neighborhood to pick and collect fruit from generous homeowners and residents who offered to donate their fruit. Within a couple of hours, over 1500 lbs. of lemons, oranges, tangerines, cumquats and grapefruits had been gathered and brought back to our pop-up kitchen at Glen Green. After a short lunch, the well organized army of volunteers washed, sorted, processed and preserved much of the fruit before calling it a day as the sun began to recede from the canyon.
About 400 lbs. of fresh citrus was donated to the L.A. Youth Network homeless shelter right in Hollywood, and another 250 lbs. went to project Angel Food. Both organizations expressed their appreciation for the support. The remaining fruit has been sliced, pressed, preserved, canned, bottled and baked for the enjoyment of the members of the Orchard and their friends. Gift baskets filled with the best of the harvest, some preserves and recipes from the Orchard kitchen were dropped off at the home of each of the owners who generously donated their trees for the harvest. Stay tuned for more Orchard events coming soon!