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 Ximena for more information and/or an application form: ximena[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106.
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. Some of our past partners have included: New Seasons Market, Salt & Straw, Moss Adams LLP, Whole Foods, Ernst & Young LLP, 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.
Upcoming 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.
Our 2014 harvesting season ended on Saturday November 22nd.
Please check back in late June for the start of our 2015 harvesting season!
Want to hear about harvesting events as they are published? Click here to sign up for our e-Newsletter!
Is your organization interested in a Group Harvest or Benefit Harvest?
Please contact Bob for more information about Benefit Harvests or an application form: bob[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106. Please contact ximena for more information about Group Harvests or an application form: ximena[at]portlandfruit.org or 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 harvest[at]portlandfruit.org with 'Join Announcement List' in the subject line.
Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team
Do you live in the Richmond neighborhood or one of its adjacent neighborhoods***?
During the 2012 & 2013 harvesting seasons PFTP developed a new neighborhood-focused harvesting model in SE Portland in Richmond and its surrounding neighborhoods. This model presents great potential for organizing more harvesting parties on a local, neighborhood-based scale, which we’d like to expand to more neighborhoods around the city!
The 2014 fruit harvesting season will be starting up soon and we're looking for a few more folks who are interested in joining the Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team. Volunteers on this team fulfill a number of roles: Fruit Monitor, Harvest Leader, PFTP Liaison, and Bike-Powered Transportation Leaders. Read more about this and get involved...
***Richmond’s adjacent neighborhoods include: Sunnyside, Buckman, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, Creston-Kenilworth, Hosford-Abernethy. If you’re not sure what neighborhood you live/work in, you can type your address into www.portlandmaps.com to find out.