The FruitGuys Community Fund, established in 2012 as a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, grew out of The Farm Steward Program at The FruitGuys, a national fruit distribution company based in South San Francisco. Between 2008 and 2011, the Farm Steward Program gave grants to small farms for environmental sustainability efforts, to develop heirloom resources, and as crop-bridge funds. Small independent farms received honey bees and beehives, owl and bat boxes, and/or pollinator hedgerow plantings. Today, we support farms, farmers, and policies that allow for greater environmental and economic health.
“Agriculture… is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1787