Portland Fruit Tree Project has two programs that integrate with each other to bring more people together to reduce waste and improve our urban environment through the harvest and care of local fruit trees.
We work with community partners to cultivate fruit orchards on publicly accessible land. Currently, PFTP manages 5 community orchard sites throughout Portland.
Work & Learn Events are monthly work parties where we offer free, hands-on sessions based on seasonal fruit tree care needs in the orchard. Work side-by-side Community Orchard Stewards, and learn by doing. No experience nessisary.
To SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT click >>>HERE<<<
Community Orchard Stewardship is a great way to deepen your skills in holistic orchard management and organic fruit tree care.
To register as a Steward at your neighborhood Community Orchard, click >>HERE<<
The Harvest Program brings neighbors together to pick fruit that would otherwise go to waste. PFTP donates half of the harvest to local food banks, food pantries, and health clinics to get fresh fruit to people who need it most.
Where do we get all that fruit? Occasionally we harvest fruit from commerical orchards outside the city, but more often than not, fruit comes from one of our five community orchards, and the hundreds of Portland homeowners and renters who have registered their fruit trees with us. Between front yards, side yards, backyards, and parking strips, there are many places in the city where our registered trees live.
We offer four different types of harvesting events to the general public and to other social service agencies and nonprofits between mid-June and mid-November each year:
As a volunteer-driven nonprofit, we value leadership development. We have a dedicated team of volunteer Harvest Interns, Harvest Leaders and Fruit Monitors who help us fulfill our mission both in the office and out at our many events. If you are interested in supporting PFTP with your time in exchange for marketable, resume-building skills, and/or the satisfacation of building community in this great city of ours, we welcome your consideration of the following volunteer positions:
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Harvest Dept.