Have you ever noticed how much fruit falls and rots on the ground? The Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project is a grassroots organization that seeks to make use of the bounty. We organize community fruit harvests as well as processing events like pressing cider, curing olives, and making jam and wine. We also developed a community orchard at Riverside Gardens Park and nearby Mike Fox Park in collaboration with the City of Santa Cruz, and we hope in future years to plant more public fruit.
Our goal is to explore our community and create connections – cultivating relationships within neighborhoods as we enjoy the abundance around us and help move Santa Cruz towards a sustainable future.