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On-line Form
Simply complete our on-line form.  A return call or reply will follow within the week.  We'll ask for the address when an appointment is confirmed. 
Phone Call / Text


Simply leave a message. A return call will follow within three days. A few questions are asked and an appointment is confirmed at your convenience.

Region Quarantined?
Check if your immediate area is not currently under county alert quarantine
Please understand. We need ample time to notice volunteers  We cannot schedule the same or next day. 

Please allow one to three weeks advance scheduling, specially for two or more large trees.
Tax Deductible
When finished, we provide a tax-deduction Thank You receipt showing the estimated pounds, for fair market value. We are a California registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Weather Report
We try not to cancel until the very last day, hoping to harvest before it rains. Link is for zip code 92101 area.
Consider Adoption

Senior Centers, School's Family Support Centers, Churches, Youth Centers, etc., welcome donations. Your fresh residential fruit is no exception. Contact a nonprofit center. First ask for permission and instruc-tions prior to delivery.

Never have strangers pick your fruit trees for security.  Contact us if needed. 

California Good Samaritin Law   AB 1219 (2017) - link

Download PDF AB 1219 (2017)

Donated in good faith, exempts liability of  us, residents, food pantries and businesses from legal prosecution.
Our Libility Insurance PDF
Media Interviews:

Occasionally a reporter will ask to accompany a residential harvest. We direct all reporters first to contact the resident for notice and permission. This may include TV, radio, internet or news-paper interview. For public awareness we encourage the opportunity.  Residents are never obligated to be interviewed.  Addresses are never disclosed.




Thank you for the opportunity to pick your residential fruit for low-income families and seniors.

Please complete our on-line form or call to allow us to pick your residential fruit. We ask a few questions to arrange a morning appointment at your convenience. We usually schedule within a week or two, depending on the number of trees and distance.

Check if your area has been quarantined by the County of San Diego Agricultural Department.  If yes, we can still harvest your residential fruit which can be distributed ONLY within the quarantine boundaries.

One resident member should be present during our residential harvest appointment. An exception is written permission by the resident who will not be present:   We required a text message on the morning of the harvest giving Harvest CROS writen permission. 

We usually finish in less than two hours, arriving at 9:30 a.m., leaving around 11:30 a.m. We use harvest poles, not ladders, along with protective gear such as gloves and eye glasses. We provide our own containers for distribution.

Upon arrival, we introduce ourselves and ask for specific instructions, such as picking only the top portion of the tree, leaving the bottom section for your convenience. If there's any concerns for possible property damage, ornaments for example, please emphasis the caution when picking. 

At the end, we rake the immediate area, throw away debris and haul away our filled buckets. A final inspection is requested before we depart. A tax-deduction receipt showing weight harvested is provided. 

With dogs, please ensure the yard is clean or ask us to clean when we visit. Also please remember to turn off your sprinkler system on day prior and during our visit.

Pre-Picked Fruit

    We can no longer be requested to pick up pre-picked fruit.  Our budget and volunteers are limited.  When requested to take the fruit "as soon as possible," we cannot met the immediate need.

    Please consider adopting a nearby food pantry.  We highly recommend you confirm arrangements prior  to delivery.  By zip code, click here to search your nearest food pantry.  Ask your center of worship or organization leadership if you can place a "Help Yourself" box on a serving table.  

       You just never know.  You might start something where others will follow your example.  Thank you for your patients and understanding. 

Safety Limitations

We must impose the following limits:

2,000 pounds maximum hauling limit, round-trip 45 minutes maximum driving distance of Lemon Grove, CA 91945
10-tree minimum when traveling over 20 minutes. Upon request, we can return visit (schedule) for additional harvests to complete within 30 days.

There is no limit when traveling under 20 minutes to harvest your fruit trees by appointment and permission. 

Our 4 x 6 foot trailer hitches to the founder’s personal 92 Ford F150 pickup.  When arriving, ample space is needed to enter and exit, avoiding tight spots especially when backing up.  Parking very close to the trees is highly appreciated for the volunteers to load the containers of fruit. 

A very serious concern is overheating the engine and overstressing the transmission of our only vehicle. Unable to be replaced and pay the cost of labor, we need to limit the weight, also a safety element.

With very limited resources, we are dependent on volunteers who offer their trucks. While there are no guarantees volunteers will offer their trucks; there is however, the guarantee of our only donated Ford truck towing a donated trailer full of residential fruit.

When traveling over 20 minutes, Harvest CROPS has a 10-tree minimum to make our expenses practical. Under 20 minutes, there is no minimum. Call and let us determine the distance travel please.

We thank you for your consideration and permission to allow Harvest CROPS to pick your residential fruit by appointment. Low-income families and seniors thank you and greatly appreciate your donation


"Awesome organization! We had [leader] and his team at our house to pick oranges and they were terrific. The team was very respectful of the trees and property and it was wonderful knowing the fruit was going somewhere where it could be appreciated."

                                                            -- Maria R.K. of San Diego

"Thank you everyone for picking the fruit from my 3 trees yesterday. You did a great job and I am very happy that the fruit will go to good use!"

-- Susan B of San Diego

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