Mission & History:
Portland Fruit Tree Project’s mission is to increase equitable access to healthful food and strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce.
The "Neighborhoood Fruit Tree Project" was created in 2006 in response to the massive amounts of fruit dropping from trees and going to waste in the Humboldt and King neighborhoods of North/Northeast Portland. Acutely aware of the economic challenges many in our community face in accessing healthful food, the founders began organizing neighbors to harvest this resource and make it available to people in need.
Soon people from all over the city began contacting us, wanting to become involved in feeding neighbors within their own communities. As the scope of our work expanded and news of our program spread, we grew from a neighborhood project, to “Portland Fruit Tree Project” in 2007.
Today, Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. Through our four unique programs, PFTP provides direct services that improve quality of life for people in Portland. Since its inception, PFTP has significantly expanded the number of harvesting events, amount of fruit harvested, and number of people served each year.
What we accomplished in 2014:
- Brought together 1,221 volunteers to harvest fruit during 102 harvesting events.
- Harvested 50,869 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, from 1312 trees at 143 sites throughout the city.
- 38,053 pounds of this fruit were distributed to over 7,600 families in need through food pantry partners. The rest went home with harvest participants, more than 50% of whom were living on low incomes.
- Held 20 hands-on workshops in tree care and food preservation, teaching 257 people skills for self-sufficiency. Scholarships were provided to more than 1/3 of participants.
- Engaged 229 volunteers in leadership roles as Harvest Leaders, Tree Scouts, Fruit Monitors, Ambassadors, Tree Care Team members and/or Leaders, Workshop Instructors, Interns, Community Orchard Stewards, and Community Orchard Coordinators.
- Registered more fruit trees to bring our total of registered fruit trees to over 3000 in Portland and over 2000 outside of Portland.
- Managed four public orchards through our Community Orchards Program.
- Cared for 251 registered fruit trees and provided intensive skills-trainings in organic fruit tree care to 46 Tree Care Team members, through our Tree Care Teams program.
- Harvesting Parties
- Group Harvests
- Benefit Harvests
- Tree Registration
- Tree Care Teams