How it Works

By purchasing 10 lbs of apples for $10 through Sharing the Harvest you enjoy some fantastic Yakima Apples at a great price and make a significant difference in the Central African Republic. How might your church get involved?


Sharing the Harvest depends on generosity and sharing. Generous growers commit to sharing part of their apples. Generous individuals share of their resources, pre-purchasing apples. Generous volunteers share of their time by packaging and transporting purchased apples. Generous funds are shared with the Center for Experimentation and Training in Agriculture (CEFA), a research and training farm in the Central African Republic, supported by Covenant World Relief. CEFA generous shares knowledge and techniques with farmers and others to take a bite out of hunger and malnutrition in their community.

 

Results of Recent Year's Projects:

In 2015, we partnered with 22 churches, raising a total of $17,458.  Of that total $15,381.90 will go to help farmers in the Central African
Republic.  This is the equivalent of planting This is enough to plant 3,076 tress in the Central African Republic.  The other $2076.10 was given as "seed money" to start more projects like Sharing the Harvest.

 

In 2014, we partnered with 17 churches, raising a total of $13,204.  Of that total $11,590 will go to help farmers in the Central African Republic.  This is the equivalent of planting This is enough to plant 2,318 tress in the Central African Republic.  The other $1,614 was given as "seed money" to start more projects like Sharing the Harvest.

 

In 2013, Sharing the Harvest partnered with 12 churches and raised $8,721, which funded the planting of 1,744 fruit trees in the Central African Republic. Click here for pictures of the event

 

In 2012, Sharing the Harvest was a pilot project, working with four churches, and earning $1,716 or the equivalent of 343 trees.

 



2017 Church Timeline

Materials sent to churches - July August 30th
Materials Sent - August 30th
Orders Due - September 30th
Packing/Transport Day - October 28th
Distribution of apples at your church - October 29

How to Purchase Fruit

Here are the 5 basic steps for how Sharing the Harvest would work for your church.
  1. Contact Sharing the Harvest to let them know you are interested in being a partnering church.

  2. Sharing the Harvest will supply you with everything you will need to have a Sharing the Harvest Sunday (or Sundays) in September, where apples (Fuji, Gala, and Golden Delicious) are pre-sold at $10 for 10 lbs.

  3. Generous Growers from the Yakima Valley donate their apples to Sharing the Harvest.

  4. On Saturday, October 29th apples will be bagged at Wiley Heights Covenant Church in Yakima, WA. Churches are strongly encouraged to come and be a part of the day, volunteering to bag and sort apples, enjoying a day in the country, pressing cider, activities for kids, and transporting them back to their local churches.

  5. On that following Sunday individuals can pick-up their ordered apples at their church.  If churches do not elect to participate in the packing day, other arrangements for transportation will be secured for the following week, and apples will be available the next Sunday.

 

Media Coverage

Seattle Times: Fruit of Their Labor Goes to Help Africa

 

Covenant Newswire: Selling Apples to Help Plant Fruit Trees in the Central Africa Republic