Salem Harvest is a non-profit organization that connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteer pickers to harvest fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. Half of each harvest is donated to the Marion-Polk Food Share or its affiliated food pantries, and volunteer pickers take home the remainder.
In 2012, more than 160,000 pounds of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables were harvested by a cheerful army of almost 1,800 pickers and their children, making Salem Harvest the largest community harvesting organization in Oregon. In a state that has the nation’s highest rate of childhood hunger, Salem Harvest volunteers and growers have the opportunity to provide direct support for thousands of families and individuals.
Whether you are a farmer, neighborhood tree owner, interested volunteer, or someone who just wants to participate in a harvest, we invite you to join us in our mission of building a compassionate community where neighbors help neighbors in a spirit of goodwill, where hungry families can gain self-sufficiency, where our urban and rural bounty is recognized and appreciated, and where simple, sustainable lifestyles are celebrated.