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Garden Project Gleans Citrus at Shafter Research Station

A group of Garden Project volunteers recently harvested citrus fruit from the Shafter Research Station, an 80-acre facility established in 1922 as the USDA Shafter Cotton Research Station. Volunteers included Foothill High FFA members from Bakersfield and several adults supervised by Father Jack Estes of St. Luke's Anglican Church. They harvested about 3,000 pounds of fruit, picked at the peak of ripeness, to be allocated by the Garden Project and Golden Empire Gleaners to support the Senior Sack Lunch Program and food relief programs throughout Kern County.

Because many backyard fruit trees go unpicked, the Garden Project began an initiative to harvest and distribute those unused resources to benefit the community. To volunteer for the Garden Project or have fruit trees harvested for community donation, call Garden Project coordinator Shirley or administrator Fr. Jack Estes of St. Luke's Anglican Church at 661-871-8551, Tue-Fri, 8am-1pm, email them at gardenprojectbakersfield@gmail.com, or visit gardenprojectbakersfield.org.

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