Start Your Own Growing Project

Sharing the Harvest is just one example of a growing project.  Across the country churches have urban gardens, auctions, and potlucks with food from around the globe.  Watch this short video and see how your church might get involved with its own growing project.

Packing Day Schedule

10:30 AM | Volunteer Registration: Let us know that you and your church are here and collect your packet of information.


11:00 AM | Lunch (Fellowship Hall): Join us for a wonderful lunch to get energized for our bagging.


12:00 PM | Kick-Off (Sanctuary): Hear about what good work is happening in the CAR and receive instructions on how to bag apples.


12:15 PM | Bag Apples, Load Vehicles, and Kids Activities (Outside Parking Lot and Big Field): We bag apples in order of distance, so that churches that have traveled the farthest can get a head start on the road if they like.  We also have activities for the kids, not to mention cider pressing.


 2:30ish PM | Complete Packing & Clean Up (Inside & Outside): We move quickly to get everything bagged up, but any and all help is appreciated so we can get cleaned up after the project is complete.

Packing Day FAQ

  • Carrying full bags of applesHow do we get to Wiley Heights?

    The simplest way to get here if you are coming from Seattle-area

    1.  Take Interstate 90 or Hwy 12 to Interstate 82.
    2.  Head South on Interstate 82.
    3.  Get off on exit # 36 for W. Valley Mall Blvd.
    4.  Head west on W. Valley Mall Blvd and travel 1.8 miles to 3rd St.
    5.  Take a left on 3rd Ave. and travel .4 miles to W. Ahtanumn Rd.
    6.  Take a right on W. Ahtanumn Rd. and travel 7.7 miles to Gilbert Rd.
    7.  Take a right on Gilbert Rd. and travel .4 miles up a hill to Wiley Heights Covenant Church

    The simplest way to get here if you are coming from Portland-area

    1.  Take Interstate 84 to Hwy 97 (North)
    2.  Take Hwy 97 (North) to Interstate 82. (In Toppenish, follow signs to Interstate 82, which should mean at the first light you continue straight on Hwy 22/Elm St. to the Interstate)
    2.  Head North on Interstate 82.
    3.  Get off on exit # 36 for W. Valley Mall Blvd.
    4.  Head west on W. Valley Mall Blvd and travel 1.8 miles to 3rd St.
    5.  Take a left on 3rd Ave. and travel .4 miles to W. Ahtanumn Rd.
    6.  Take a right on W. Ahtanumn Rd. and travel 7.7 miles to Gilbert Rd.
    7.  Take a right on Gilbert Rd. and travel .4 miles up a hill to Wiley Heights Covenant Church

  • Packing apples is a family affairWill you serve lunch?


    We provide all those attending packing day with a wonderful lunch at no cost.  We start serving at 11 AM.

  • Little girl packing goldensWhat should I bring? Bring weather-appropriate clothes. 

    The temperature highs for this time of the year is between 50 and 60 degrees.  It tends to be sunny and dry, but check the weather before you come.
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  • Yeah .. full bagsWhat type of activities are included outside of bagging apples?

    In the past we have included cider-pressing, a favorite for kids.  We have some containers, but invite you to bring your own.  We also have had a variety of kids’ activities in the past including pumpkins to color, apples just for kids, and a playground and big field for kids to run and have fun.  Kids are of course welcome to participate in bagging apples, but we ask family members to keep a close eye on them at all times.

  • Apple bag isn't too heavy for himHow should we prepare for loading and transporting apples?

    Be mindful to have a vehicle or vehicles that can haul back the apples your church purchased. A pick-up truck or a church is a great vehicle for this, but a car can certainly do the trick as well depending on the side of the order. And remember, apples while hearty are still a fruit and can bruise, so handle them gently.

  • Group of women packing applesCan we purchase additional apples on packing day?

    Yes, we have additional apples available for purchase on packing day.  We have also, in the past, had growers donate some additional fruit including Honeycrisp Apples and Asian Pears.

  • Teens get into packing the apples tooWhat if we cannot make it to Packing Day?  How do we get our apples to our church?

    We would strongly encourage you to send a group or at least an individual to participate in the packing day and transport apples back to your church.  It is a great way to make connections and helps out tremendously with the whole project.  If no one from your church is able to come and transport we will work with you to get the apples to your church.  Do not let this get in the way of you participating.

  • Car full - going homeWhat if I have a question not listed on this page? 

    Head on over to our Contact Us Page or send an email to fruit@sharing-the-harvest.com