Mission & History:
PFTP's mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food and strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce.
Created in 2006 as the 'Neighborhood Fruit Tree Project', we began organizing in the Humboldt and King neighborhoods of North/Northeast Portland. Soon, people from all over the city started contacting us, wanting to to get involved in their own communities. In 2007, we changed the name to 'Portland Fruit Tree Project' and now include trees and volunteers from all over Portland. In 2008, the organization became an official 501(c)3 non-profit after merging with Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods. In January 2009 we hired our Executive Director (Katy Kolker) as our first full-time staff person, with support from Meyer Memorial Trust. We established our office headquarters on Killingsworth street in June of 2009, and brought on NWSA Americorps member Bob Hatton as Harvest & Stewardship Coordinator in September of that year. In 2010 we launched our Fruit Tree Stewardship programs, and our new Community Orchards program. Since it's inception, PFTP's programs and accomplishments have grown each year.
What we accomplished in 2013:
- In 96 harvesting events we brought together 729 volunteers in harvesting fruit. 50% of harvest participants were living on low incomes.
- Harvested 32,700 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, from 1059 trees at 143 sites throughout the city.
- 20,350 pounds of this fruit was distributed to over 2,900 families in need through food pantry partners. The rest went home with harvest participants.
- Held 19 hands-on workshops in tree care and food preservation, teaching 172 people skills for self-sufficiency. Scholarships were provided to more than 1/3 of participants.
- Engaged countless volunteers in a variety of leadership roles as Harvest Leaders, Tree Scouts, Tree Care Team Leaders, Workshop instructors, Committee members, Interns, and Garden/Orchard Coordinators.
- Cataloged 2,774 registered fruit trees in the City of Portland and 1,985 outside of Portland.
- Managed or operated 3 public orchards in our Community Orchards Program.
- Cared for 232 registered fruit trees and provided intensive skills-trainings in organic fruit tree care to 41 Tree Care Team members, through our Tree Care Teams program.
- Harvesting Parties
- Group Harvests
- Benefit Harvests
- Tree Registration
- Tree Care Teams