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Thurs, 05/30/24 - Fruitlet thinning at the Good Shepherd Center at Meridian Park

Date and time: Thurs, 05/30/24 from 4-6 pm

Location: Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103)

The Good Shepherd Center is home to several varieties of heirloom apples, as well as mature Asian pear trees. Join us on Thurs, 05/30/24, from 4-6 pm for a fruitlet thinning volunteer work party to help the trees prepare their crop for the season! Thinning fruitlets not only prevents overburdened branches from breaking under the weight of fruit, but it also helps yield apples of a larger/more quality size. 

Join us to help care for the apple trees at the park! We'll be thinning the developing fruitlets and using nylon footies or waxed paper baggies to protect the fruit from insect pests. We may also install a few canopy nets over some of the smaller trees in the orchard, which can be a highly effective pest management strategy. 

City Fruit will bring gloves and equipment for volunteers to use during the workparty, but folks are always welcome to bring their own! Come prepared for rain or shine with water and dressed in closed toed shoes and clothes you are comfortable getting potentially a little dirty!

City Fruit Volunteer Guidelines for COVID-19:
The wellbeing of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, and we only ask you to commit to volunteering if you are safely able to do so. Please stay home if you are feeling under the weather, have had recent contact with anyone demonstrating Covid-19 symptoms, or if you yourself have experienced a dry cough, fever, or other Covid-19 symptoms within the last 14 days.

Thanks for reading this, we look forward to seeing you out there!

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Minors do not need to fill out the event registration form, but to help us plan for the number of participants joining for the event, please share how many individuals under the age of 18 will be accompanying you.
Safety & Liability Waiver

Before the volunteer/education event, please carefully read and sign our Safety and Liability Waiver. Participants only need to complete this form once per year. A paper copy of the form will be available at the event, should you not be able to complete the e-form. Thank you!

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Cancellation Policy

We are always excited to work with our volunteers, and it is through volunteer support that we are able to harvest from and steward our public fruit trees! If you know that you can no longer attend an event with us, letting us know as soon as possible by emailing Tiare at helps us invite volunteers on the waitlist and, particularly with time sensitive or collaborative projects, helps us plan around staff and volunteer capacity and honor our time with community partners.

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