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Sustainable Agriculture

The FruitGuys Community Fund

TheFruitGuysCommunityFund.org, a nonprofit fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, was founded in 2012 to provide grants (up to $5,000) to small farms and agricultural nonprofits for sustainability projects that have a large positive impact on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. Apply for a grant. Help save a farm and donate now to The FruitGuys Community Fund.

  • 2015 Eight recipients were awarded a total of $35,643 in grants based on their proposed project’s scores in the Community Fund’s 2015 areas of focus: water conservation, soil health, pollination, and energy efficiency. Preference was also given to farms that increase low-income consumers’ access to fresh produce. Read about the 2015 grantees
  • 2014  Eight recipients were awarded a total of $30,000 in grants based on scores for 2014’s areas of focus: pollination, pest control, soil health, and low income food access. This year, the Fund expanded its applicant area to include the Midwest. The 2014 grantees’ farms come from California (3), Maryland (2), Wisconsin (1), Illinois (1), and Pennsylvania (1), and projects range from beehive and batbox installations to pollinator hedgerows and drip irrigation and hoop houses. Read about the 2014 grantees.
  • 2013  In our first year of operation, we awarded five grants to small farms in Pennsylvania and California for sustainability projects such as solar-powered irrigation, hoop houses to extend growing seasons, water reclamation, fencing and farm animals, and community outreach. Read about the 2013 grantees

Get Involved: Donate to TheFruitGuysCommunityFund.org
Small donations can have a huge impact on a small farm as evidenced by the projects funded by The FruitGuys Community Fund. A grant of just $2,000 can change a farm's life by allowing drip irrigation, a hoop house, or solar water pump. Please consider giving to The FruitGuys Community Fund and make a difference in a small farm's life.The Community Fund evolved from the former The FruitGuys Farm Steward program, which ran from 2008-2011. Projects included: a $3,000 no-interest loan to Baia Nicchia farm in Sunol, CA, and volunteer planting (2011). Read about microloans to family farms; The FruitGuys staff volunteered and planted flowering shrubs and trees at Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA (2011) to provide year round habitat and pollen for pollinators. In 2010, we sponsored a fall planting of edible trees and shrubs in partnership with the Philadelphia Orchard Project at Walnut Hill Community Farm in Philadelphia, PA. Read more on how we teamed up to green urban West Philadelphia; helped fund an Herb Garden at Blue Moon Organics in Aptos, CA; and donated owl Boxes at E & M Farm in Vernalis, CA, and Kauffman’s Fruit Farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA. Read about how owls are natural predators and great for pest control on farms. In 2009, we donated Asian pear trees and helped plant them at Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA. We are now enjoying these pears in some of our crates. Read about our tree planting field trip. In 2008, we donated bat boxes to Jelich Ranch in Portola Valley, CA. Read about the benefits of bat boxes here; and donated four honey bee hives (48,000 bees!!) to Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA. Watch our favorite video from that donation, The Best Way to Set up a Honeybee Hive.

Fruit Donations

Weekly Fruit Donations to Food Banks

We have donated to local food banks and soup kitchens since our business began in 1998. Your business helps support our weekly donations to organizations that help abate hunger. In 2014, we donated more than 400,000 pounds of fruit to charitable organizations across the country. After we fill your order each week, we donate "seconds" and any leftover fruit and produce to food banks in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago, including:

 

Donations to First Responders

We have also sent fruit donations to first responders to natural diasters such as Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans), Hurricane Sandy (New York and New Jersey), and tornadoes (Oklahoma 2013). Get Involved. Contact us if you would like to donate fruit to first responders.

Donate-a-Crate

Each year since 2008, our clients have generously donated hundreds of crates each holiday season to dozens of local charities in the San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago metro areas. Get Involved. You can donate your weekly fruit crate to a local charity at any time. Closed for the holidays? Away for vacation? Instead of canceling your delivery, just call 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we can set it up for you. Learn more about our Donate-a-Crate program.

Fruit Heros

Do you have a school, individual, or organization you'd like to donate a fruit box to on a regular basis? Call us. We may be able to subsidize the cost of The FruitGuys product you would like to order and set up a reccurring delivery. Get Involved.  For more information, contact nicole@fruitguys.com.

Our Communty Partners

We work with local organizations in our regional hub cities that increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables and encourage urban youth entrepreneurial activity. These organizations share our goals of supporting healthy and happy communities, improving food access, and promoting environmental stewardship. Current projects include: 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

You can make a difference in your community with The FruitGuys. Consider giving back through these programs:

Donate-a-Crate 

Fruit it forward. You can donate your weekly fruit crate to a local charity at any time. Closed for the holidays? Away for vacation? Instead of canceling your delivery, just call 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we can set it up for you. Each year since 2008, our clients have generously donated hundreds of crates each holiday season to dozens of local charities in the San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago metro areas.  Learn more about our Donate-a-Crate program.

Become a Fruit Hero

Do you have a school, individual, or organization you'd like to donate a fruit box to on a regular basis? Call us. We may be able to subsidize the cost of The FruitGuys product you would like to order and set up a reccurring delivery. For more information, contact nicole@fruitguys.com.

Save a Farm: Donate to The FruitGuys Community Fund

Small donations can have a huge impact on a small farm, as evidenced by the projects funded by The FruitGuys Community Fund. A grant of just $2,000 can literally change a farm's life by allowing drip irrigation, a hoop house, or solar water pump. Please consider giving to The FruitGuys Community Fund and make a difference in a small farm's life.

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