A Day in a Pair: Kumquats and Kindergarteners

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A Day in a Pair contest winner Bethany Harris scouts out citrus trees in a local nursery.

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Last month, GOOD and Levi's teamed up to bring you the "A Day in a Pair" contest, which awarded three lucky readers with $100 to use towards doing good in one day. (And as an added bonus from Levi’s, they also received a $150 Levi's gift card.) Submissions have closed, and we are now excited to present each of the winner’s days.

Meet Bethany Harris, an east coast transplant in Los Angeles who works as a Starbucks barista and also puts down roots in her community through urban agriculture. With the help of Food Forward and TreePeople, Harris developed Project Reroot, a series of community involvement opportunities around urban agriculture, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Well-versed in food insecurity and gardening, Harris set out on her day to teach the next generation on planting and tending a garden. Harris kicked off a partnership between ONEgeneration, a daycare center for children and seniors, and Project Reroot during her day. See how she used $100 and her gardening know-how to educate a kindergarten class about planting, harvesting and enjoying fruit.

Make sure to check out the other winners here and here.


Before her day began, Harris placed an order for GLOB paint, which is made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices, to donate to the kindergarten class.


Harris starts her day scouring the nursery for the perfect citrus tree to bring to the transitional kindergarteners at ONEgeneration.


Harris grabs her harvesting bags from the Food Forward “fruit mobile.”


Harris gets to work collecting ripe oranges from the tree.


As her harvest bags fill, Harris empties them into boxes. She filled 4.5 boxes with Valencia oranges during her morning.


Harris starts prepping the oranges for the students.


Harris slices the oranges into manageable sizes for the kindergarteners.


Harris takes a test bite as she prepares the Valencia oranges for the students.


Before handing out the sweet treats, Harris talks with students about urban gardening. While talking about planting and gardening, the students raise their hands to answer Harris’s question, “Who has an orange or lemon tree in their backyard?”


Harris poses with the transitional kindergarten class, their neighbor, Charlie, and the kumquat tree at ONEgeneration.

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