“I think the first year we thought if we can harvest maybe 50 quarts of jam.
Ended up being 200 quarts, and then it sort of grew from there,” he says. “We harvest roughly 4,000 pounds a year. We only measured it one year, but that’s probably the average.”
The league harvests from trees on public and private land, always with permission. The property owners get back at least 10 percent of the fruit harvested, or the processed preserves.
“It’s a habit as a forager or a harvester in the city,” says Amy Jarvis, a member of the league, who found a great apple tree next to a Whole Foods. “Once you get started, you first notice fallen fruit on the ground. That’s exactly what happened the other day, as I walked past here.”
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