Point Loma (San Dieg
United States of America

Call to Action - Oranges for the Picking

The Story…

Mark Bitterlin, a former Point Loma Rotary Club president, manages a 100-tree orange grove in Rancho Santa Fe. He has offered his crop for harvesting with all oranges going to us for redistribution to organizations in need. We successfully did this project back in May 2020. It’s easy and the more of us that participate the easier it is. It’s outside so we can safely social distance.

The process is simple: pick the oranges, wash/dry/bag the oranges and then, drop off to the places of need. We will not pick all 100 trees; we just pick for 3 hours then we are done. The Rancho Santa Fe club will be coming the weekend after us, we just do a section leaving some for them.

Last time, we delivered oranges to Loaves & Fishes in OB, Peninsula Shepherd Center, San Diego Youth Services and St. Paul’s Senior Center. If you have an organization you would like to bring them to, you absolutely can, we just need to make sure Grove Owner gets a tax receipt, reach out to Jennifer Iannitti for those details 619.277.2007  

The Details…

Saturday, 2/27 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  The Village Church @ 8:45am:  6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

IMPORTANT we are meeting at the Church first for briefing & all clear to go to the Ranch

Ranch address:  6427 La Valle Plateada, RSF – Porta Potty on site


Hand Pruning Shears



Plastic grocery bags to package oranges

Something to put picked oranges in as you pick (maybe a shoulder bag)

Drinking Water

Sunhat / Sun Protection

Long Sleeved clothing has advantages when working in an orchard (ants/spiders/sun)