Twelve intrepid volunteers trekked out to charming Jonah House in Sandtown yesterday to harvest 12 apple trees. We only got to four yet we still hauled away over 800 pounds for our efforts.
One of the trees had been picked almost bare by the neighbors who help themselves after services Sunday mornings. Others had been harvested for the Tuesday food give-aways. Still, six people worked one tree for over 2 hours and when we left there was still fruit on the branches.
Robust trees, as these are at Jonah House, carefully and lovingly tended by their caretakers, can yield upwards of 1200 pounds or so of fruit.
We caught glimpses of the free-roaming guinea fowl, and visited the llama and other animals there.
But it was the glorious, cool day and the bounty of healthy earth – allowing us to help feed thousands of people – that made the harvest so magical.