Volunteers to pick persimmons from Vacaville property on Saturday

(Siamack Sioshansi/UrbanFarmers.org)

November 16, 2013 9:21:40 AM PST
Hundreds of volunteers will help pick persimmons from a Vacaville property this weekend. Last November, Charlotte Sturgeon watched helplessly as about 100,000 pounds of persimmons rotted on the hundreds of trees her late husband had planted on their 36-acre Vacaville-area orchard.

The property on Leisure Town Road has 813 persimmon trees, which are expected to yield 150,000 pounds of fruit this year.

She doesn't want to see the fruit go to waste again.

A non-profit that harvests backyard fruit and vegetables to feed the needy has stepped in to help out.

"We hope to harvest 50,000 pounds. That's enough food to feed 10,000people in a day. And that would go a long way to making a happy Thanksgiving," Urban Farmers founder Siamack Sioshansi said.

The harvest at Charlotte Sturgeon's Solano County orchard is Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, click here.

More than 300 people, businesses, and schools will be helping out.