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FruitGuys Community Fund


FruitGuys Community Fund, established in 2012 as a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, grew out of The Farm Steward Program at The FruitGuys, a national fruit distribution company based in South San Francisco. Between 2008 and 2011, the Farm Steward Program gave grants to small farms for environmental sustainability efforts, to develop heirloom resources, and as crop-bridge funds. Small independent farms received honey bees and beehives, owl and bat boxes, and/or pollinator hedgerow plantings.

The FruitGuys Community Fund mission is to support small independent American farms in their efforts for greater environmental and economic health, community engagement, and advocacy that supports sustainable agriculture.

We believe that small independent American farms are catalysts for environmental and economic self sufficiency, sustainability, and food access. Independent farmers can lead their communities as models of self-reliance and land stewardship. Our vision is to support farms, farmers, and policies that allow for greater environmental and economic health.


“Without Community Initiatives, California would not see the impact of hundreds of beneficial projects. They are an important part of our nonprofit landscape.”
Pamela H. David Executive Director, Walter and Elise Haas Fund