When I first moved into my house, I was pumped to have fruit trees in my backyard. However, I quickly realized the downside:
I have the biggest apple tree I've ever seen and it drops apples like they're going out of style. I counted them in a 24-hour period last weekend and there was 100 new apples! I thought it was cool when I first moved in, but now it seems like a lot of work. However, it's such a good shade tree, it'd be a shame to do anything to it.
I've since grown to love my apple tree, plumb tree and grapes. They produce a lot of fruit, but I rarely pick and eat it.
What We Do: Each fall, homeowners who register their trees with us call when those trees are dropping apples, cherries, peaches, and other food in their yards. Our volunteers harvest the fruit, leave as much as the homeowners would like, and deliver the rest to daycare centers, homes for the elderly, community kitchens, and other places that serve people around Denver who are at risk of going without fresh, healthy food.
Jason started a similar initiative in Vancouver, BC a few years ago and had great success. I'm writing this post to create awareness of Yard Harvest in Denver and invite you to the Kick Off Party. Below is a picture of the flyer that's being passed around and you can download the PDF if you want to print it out and help spread the word.
Hope to see you there!