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:
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.
Our Group Harvest Program is designed to serve low income and food insecure populations through partnerships with organizations serving this audience. Some of our past partners have 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 Nicole for more information: nicole[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106.
Large Orchard Harvests
Occasionally, PFTP moves outside Portland city limits to harvest at large orchards in Amity, Hillsboro, Hood River, etc. These events are hosted in partnership with Oregon Food Bank, which provides the necessary bins to transport the hundreds - and more frequently, thousands - of pounds of fruit that can be donated from these events. For more information about large orchard harvests, or to be considered as an orchard host for these events, please contact April: april[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 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 (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.
<<We do not have any harvesting parties at this time. Please check back in June of 2017.>>
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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 harvest[at]portlandfruit.org with 'Join Announcement List' in the subject line.