Volunteers are needed to prune the Fire Blight - damaged branches from the 102 year old pear orchard adjacent to Joaquin Moraga School in Moraga. The Fire Blight infection threatens to kill this historic orchard, which is a source of great local pride and the last remaining public orchard of the original DelMonte orchard. This orchard is the impetus for the annual Moraga Pear Festival. In addition, each year the Moraga Park Foundation gleans the pears for the Contra Costa Food Bank, supplying much-needed fresh produce for the hungry (This year 4,759 pounds of pears were gleaned for the Food Bank; however the Fire-blight has decreased the pear production this year).Starting October 3, each Saturday in October, 10am-2 pm , we will be pruning. Bring pole pruners, loppers and hand pruners, water, gloves, hat and sunscreen. Wear STURDY shoes. If you have them, tarps and orchard ladders are very helpful. Rain cancels. Come have a fun few hours with friends and save our iconic pears! Kids are welcome and we’ll sign community service certificates if they have them. Reply to: email@example.com with which day and number of adults and kids (ages) and what tools you will bring.For more information: Bobbie Preston 925 376-8474.
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