Wednesday, December 12, 2012

3rd Annual Community Olive Harvest

Information for Olive Harvest Volunteers

What: An olive harvest to benefit Harmony Health Family Resource Center and other local nonprofit groups.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2012
                  Start Time: 10am
                  End Time:  3pm

Come any time between 10am and 3pm. Please plan to spend at least one or two hours harvesting--or more, if you think you are up for it!

What to Wear and Bring: Olive picking can be messy (and oily), so please wear sturdy old clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. It could be muddy, too. You can pick the olives with your bare hands, but if you can bring any harvesting rakes or harvesting poles or other fruit harvesting equipment, we can probably use it! It would be great if you could bring one or more re-usable shopping bags or plastic buckets with handles to use for picking. But there will be plenty of those on hand if you can't bring any. You will need to fill out a volunteer packet when you arrive.

Where: 4249 Hammonton-Smartville Road, on the Teichert Aggregates lot. You cannot enter the main lot, so you will have to find the DIRT ROAD leading to the olive grove. Here is how:

Directions from Yuba College: 

--Take NORTH BEALE ROAD east towards Beale Air Force Base. Before you get to the Base, look for BROPHY ROAD on the LEFT hand side. 

--Take Brophy road to HAMMONTON-SMARTVILLE ROAD. Make a RIGHT on Hammonton-Smartville Road.

--Take Hammonton-Smartville Road a few hundred hards, and look on your LEFT-HAND SIDE for COLORFUL signs marking the GATE. The gate will be open, but the road is not paved, so carefully and slowly drive through the gate. The grove will be on your left side. Look for the SIGNS marking the parking area, which is behind the grove on your left side. 

--If you get lost, call 562-899-0464

Why?: For extra credit of course! Oh, and to perform service to the community, in a fun, peaceful, and possibly even educational way. If you don't know much about the pleasures of olives and olive oil and olive picking, now is your chance to find out!! 

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