The FruitGuys began bringing healthy fruit to offices as a replacement to breakroom junk food. Sourcing directly from small, independent, and family-run American farms.
The Farm Steward Program began giving grants to small farms for environmental sustainability efforts, to develop heirloom resources, and as crop-bridge funds. Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA received four honey bee hives (48,000 bees!!) to pollinate their orchards.
Jelich Ranch in Portola Valley, CA received bat boxes giving these helpful predators a place to roost and hunt insects that are harmful to fruit trees.
E & M Farm in Vernalis, CA and Kauffman’s Fruit Farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA received owl boxes for natural approach to pest control. Blue Moon Organics in Aptos, CA received funds to plant an herb garden. We sponsored the planting of twenty edible trees and shrubs at Walnut Hill Community Farm in Philadelphia, PA.
Baia Nicchia in Sunol, CA received a $3,000 no-interest loan to plant more tomatoes and get through the summer growing season to harvest time.
Our grant making efforts were formalized with the establishment of our non-profit project, The FruitGuys Community Fund. Since 2012, we’ve awarded 70 grants totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars to small-scale farmers.