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Harvest Programs

Portland Fruit Tree Project's harvesting events bring people together to pick fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need. We offer three types of harvesting events:

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Harvesting Parties

These events are open to anyone, with 50% of the volunteer slots reserved for people living on low incomes. Half of the fruit goes to a local food bank, and the rest goes home with harvest participants.The schedule is posted here at the beginning of each month, and in our e-newsletter.

Group Harvests

Our Group Harvest Program is designed to serve low income and food insecure populations through partnerships with organizations serving this audience. Our partners in 2012 included: Sisters of the Road Cafe, JOIN, ROSE CDC, Hacienda CDC, Central City Concern's Community Volunteer Corps, Mt. Scott Learning Center, Port City Development, and My Father's House. If your organization is interested in partnering with us on a Group Harvest, please contact Bob for more information and/or an application form: bob[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106.

Benefit Harvests

These harvesting events are created for corporate/university/faith groups that want to provide a valuable volunteer service to the community, engage in a meaningful group activity, and support the unique work of the Portland Fruit Tree Project with a matching contribution. Our partners in 2012 included: New Seasons Market, Salt & Straw, and University of Portland Food Justice Immersion Program. If your organization is interested in partnering with us on a Benefit Harvest, please contact Bob for more information and/or an application form: bob[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106.

All trees are registered by their owners, and harvested only upon request. We work with tree owners to assess fruit ripeness, site accessibility, and harvest scheduling in advance of every event.


harvesting photoUpcoming Harvesting Parties:

Harvesting Parties bring people together to pick fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need. Half of the fruit goes to a local food bank, and the rest goes home with harvest participants.  Harvesting Parties are open to anyone, and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Half of the slots are reserved for people living on low incomes. Children are welcome! Suggested donation per participant: $5-$25 sliding scale (Donations are optional, but encouraged).

TO SIGN UP: Click on your preferred harvest date. Please sign up only if you can be for there for the entire time. Meeting location and other details will be provided after you sign up.

The 2014 harvesting schedule will be posted soon! Browse our 2013 harvesting parties below for a taste of what's to come!

Harvesting Party
Saturday October 26th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Persimmons & Figs in SW Portland, South Portland & Hillsdale neighborhoods
click here to register

Harvesting Party
Wednesday October 30th, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Persimmons in NE Portland, Concordia neighborhood
click here to register

Harvesting Party
Thursday November 7th, 2:15pm - 4:45pm
Persimmons in NE Portland, Sabin neighborhood
click here to register

Harvesting Party
Saturday November 9th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Persimmons in SE Portland, Richmond & South Tabor neighborhoods
click here to register

Harvesting Party
Sunday November 10th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Persimmons in SE Portland, Richmond neighborhood
click here to register

Harvesting Party
Saturday November 16th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Kiwis in SE Portland, Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood
click here to register

Harvesting Party
Thursday November 21st, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Persimmons in North Portland, Portsmouth neighborhood
click here to register

Richmond-Area Harvesting Party (a bike-powered event*)
Saturday November 23rd, 9:30am - 1:30pm
Persimmons in SE Portland, Richmond or adjacent neighborhood
click here to register now

Please only register for this event if you live/work in one of the following neighborhoods:
Richmond, Hosford-Abernethy, Sunnyside, Buckman, Creston-Kenilworth, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor
If you're not sure what neighborhood you live/work in, you can type in your address at www.portlandmaps.com to find out.

*Ideally, this will be a bike-powered harvesting event where all tools, equipment, & fruit will be transported via bike. If you have a large bike trailer or other way to transport equipment or fruit, please type that in the "Please enter any comments or special requests" field.

Want to hear about harvesting events as they are published? Click here to sign up for our e-Newsletter!


group harvest photoIs your organization interested in a Group Harvest or Benefit Harvest?

We are now accepting applications for the 2013 season for Group Harvests & Benefit Harvests.
Please contact Bob for more information and/or an application form:
bob[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106.


Want to join our 'Announcement List'?

Occasionally we have announcements about newly scheduled harvesting parties, volunteer events, and other opportunities that come up between monthly eNewsletter mailings.

In light of this, we created a new email list (in addition to our monthly e-newsletter) for people who want to receive mid-month announcements and updates about harvesting parties and other events as they arise. This will likely involve 1 to 3 additional email messages per month during the harvest season. If you would like to receive mid-month harvest and event announcements (in addition to the monthly e-newsletter) please send an email to intern[at]portlandfruit.org with 'Join Announcement List' in the subject line.