Food Rescue is a young non-profit. Our first harvest was in late August, 2011, when we were swept up into the Fall fruit season and barely had a minute to breathe! It was a heady first few months.
That Winter we dreamed elaborate dreams and made elaborate plans…. 2012 was to be a year of expansion! Canning workshops, Farmers’ Market collection, CROP Share gardens sprouting up all over town – we saw these things come to pass, some programs more successful than others. We eventually learned to pace ourselves! In a blur a year & a half has passed, and we find ourselves in our second Winter.
One of the things I love most about Winter is the season’s insistence on reflection. As I write this I have a fire in the wood burning stove, the last of today’s Farmers’ Market produce has been distributed, it is raining outside and the house is quiet. We are 5 days into the New Year and I can finally turn my attention to Food Rescue’s 2013 future.
Here are some of the questions I am turning over in my head: Should we prioritize the types of fruit we harvest (some are certainly more labor-intensive than others)? Should we have fewer harvests per month with multiple crews? Should we expand our Farmers’ Market collection to other markets and grocers, or should we stick to our neighborhood trees? And how do we start funding this work?
In the last 18 months Food Rescue has fed a lot of people and made life-long friends. We’ve helped home owners share food, volunteers serve their community and food agencies distribute fresh perishable produce that would otherwise go to waste. We’ve worked hard and learned from our mistakes… all with the goal of making Food Rescue an even stronger advocate for food security and generosity in the future!
If you have thoughts on our efforts and want to help Food Rescue grow please drop us a line! With your help, we look forward to serving the Vallejo/Benicia community even more in 2013.