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A Home for Your Wayward Apples


Do you have an apple tree in your backyard that’s producing more than you can handle? Would you rather share your excess apples than rake them? You and your apples can bring excess fresh produce to Twin Cities residents in need.

Fruits of the City is a program of The Minnesota Project, which is a nonprofit group that works to ensure equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota. They want to harvest, or “glean,” fresh fruit that would otherwise go to waste. In 2009, they partnered with Second Harvest Heartland and volunteers to collect more than 15,000 pounds of fruit. In addition to apples, they also collect pears and plums.

Ways to get involved:

  • Volunteer to pick fruit at one of their gleaning events
  • Donate unwanted fruit from your trees
  • Volunteer to transport fruit from front yards to food shelves
  • Donate cash

Read more about the program online. To register now as a volunteer gleaner or tree owner, visit their volunteer hub online.

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