Portland Fruit Tree Project

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Portland Fruit Tree Project is a grass-roots non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need in Portland and beyond: Access to healthy food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food. Because money doesn’t grow on trees… but fruit does!

"We organize people to gather fruit before it falls, and make it available to those who need it most. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops."

Portland Fruit Tree Project & Founder/Director Katy Kolker featured as 'Everyday Heroes' on KATU news:


New Volunteer Opportunities with PFTP!

Want to get involved with PFTP 'behind the scenes'? PFTP's Board of Directors is seeking volunteers to help out with some important (and fun!) committee projects. Committee membership entails attending monthly meetings, plus 3-5 hrs / month of volunteer time. We are currently accepting applications for the following two committees:


Fundraising Events Committee
Join this committee and help to plan and organize PFTP's Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, and our popular Orchard Banquet Series! No experience is necessary, but those with a background in event coordination or auction planning/procurement are especially encouraged to apply.


Program, Outreach & Marketing Committee
Join this committee and put your skills to good use in support of PFTP's programs and outreach efforts. This committee has a few different projects for which they are seeking volunteers, and they're seeking volunteers with one of the following skills: Program Evaluation, Entrepreneurial Enterprise Development, Marketing and/or Communications.


Interested? Please email, indicating your committee of interest. We will send you a simple application form and additional details right away.

Become a PFTP Ambassador! 

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Do you enjoy talking with people, and want to help spread the good word about Portland Fruit Tree Project? This is the volunteer opportunity for you!


PFTP Ambassadors play a vital role in connecting community members with Portland Fruit Tree Project, by representing the organization in booths/tables at resouces fairs and community events. It's a fun opportunity to gain experience in community outreach, attend interesting events, and help Portland Fruit Tree Project's programs reach and serve more people, especially in underserved communities.


Click here for more more information and application instructions. Deadline to apply is Feb 28th.


Upcoming Events

  • 02-28-15. Winter Pruning Workshop

  • 03-10-15. Winter Pruning Work Party

  • 03-13-15. Gabriel Orchard Work Party :: Winter Pruning

  • 03-14-15. Young Fruit Trees & Berries: Planning, Selection, Planting, & CareWorkshop

  • 03-15-15. Sabin Community Orchard Work & Learn: Perennial & Understory Plant Maintenance

  • 03-21-15. Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard Work Party

  • 03-24-15. Garden Tool Maintenance & Repair Workshop

  • 03-28-15. Grafting Workshop

  • 04-11-15. Green Thumb Community Orchard Planting Party

  • 04-18-15. Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard: Planting Party and Two-Year Anniversary

  • 04-19-15. Sabin Community Orchard Work & Learn: Pollinators and Earth Day Celebration

  • 05-16-15. Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard Work Party: Spring Pest & Disease Manage management and Fruit Thinning

  • 05-17-15. Sabin Community Orchard Work & Learn: Fruit Thinning & Spring Pest & Disease Management

  • 05-20-15. Spring Pest & Disease Management and Fruit Thinning Workshop

  • 05-30-15. Spring Pest & Disease Management and Fruit Thinning Workshop

  • 06-06-15. Gabriel Orchard Work Party :: Spring Pest & Disease Management and Fruit Thinning

  • 06-20-15. Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard Work Party: Summer Pruning

  • 06-21-15. Sabin Community Orchard Work & Learn: Summer Pruning

  • 06-24-15. Gabriel Orchard Work Party ::Summer Pruning

  • 06-27-15. Summer Pruning Workshop

  • 07-08-15. Summer Pruning Workshop

  • 07-18-15. Bud Grafting Workshop

  • 10-25-15. Fall Tree Care: Pest & Disease ID and Assessment Workshop