Iskashitaa Harvesting

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 FarmsNative 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.

We Need Volunteers

Looking to help out with the harvest? Here are some ways you can:

  • Spread the word by printing out flyers and passing them around your neighborhood. Download Flyer
  • Volunteer to help harvest fruit.
  • Donate your backyard fruit to Iskashitaa.
  • Help us redistribute fruit to local families.
  • Get a group together and run your own collection!

Ready to get involved in feeding families?

Contact Us!

Use Your Green Thumb!

Are you ready to get your hands dirty harvesting or picking? Pick an event and a date and sign up below. Just click "register" and give us your information! See you there!
Iskashitaa Office (map)
We typically harvest on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:00 AM.  We meet at our office and ca...
Catalina United Methodist Church (map)
Refugee 101 Info Night -  6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedw...
Catalina United Methodist Church (map)
Refugee 101 Info Night - Thurs, Mar. 12th, 6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 27...