From the SF Chronicle: Berkeley: Backyard bounty feeds the hungry.
In a region blessed with a year-round growing season and a plethora of orchards and backyard fruit trees, there is only so much of nature's largesse that can be pawned off on neighbors and co-workers. Luckily, there is Village Harvest, a suburban harvesting cooperative that last year picked and donated 84,000 pounds of fruit -- from cherries and oranges to grapefruit and persimmons - in Santa Clara County alone. Nearly half of it -- 44,193 pounds -- went to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
Now Peninsula-based Village Harvest and a Berkeley nonprofit, Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project, which wants to get more local produce to the poor, are piloting a harvesting program in Berkeley with the hope of expanding it to other East Bay communities.