Iskashitaa's harvesters are an inter-generational group of refugees from Africa, Asia, and
the Middle East who partner with local Tucsonan volunteers to harvest
approximately 100,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each year from backyards
and local farms (Buckelew Farms
, Native Seeds/SEARCH
, and Andy’s Pumpkin Patch). These nutritious foods are then redistributed to refugee families from many countries and other Tucson organizations that assist food insecure families. Find out what we are gleaning now
How it works: Volunteers invite the community to donate excess fruit by handing out flyers in neighborhoods and at events.
- The Fruit Donor emails Iskashitaa and provides information on their trees, address, telephone number, and stipulations (locked gate, owner wants be home, dogs).
- The Harvesting Coordinator calls the home owner to decide on an approximate time for pick up. (Please be flexible with this time. There are many variables involved.)
- A team of volunteers are set up
- Equipment is picked up from Iskashitaa's office.
- Harvesters pick up produce and redistribute it. Volunteers should remember to bring water, snacks, coats or sunscreen, if necessary.
- Volunteers preserve excess produce by canning, cooking, and drying larger quantities.