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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. 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. To apply, please fill out our Group Harvest Partner Questionnaire at http://bit.ly/2016GHPartnerQ

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 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.


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.

Our 2015 harvesting season ended in late November. Our 2016 harvesting season will start up in June.

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?

Please contact Bob for more information about Benefit Harvests or an application form: bob[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106. Please contact Nicole for more information about Group Harvests or an application form: nicole[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 outreach[at]portlandfruit.orgwith 'Join Announcement List' in the subject line.


Join or start a Neighborhood Harvest Coordination Team!

Would you like to harvest more trees in your neighborhood?  Join the Richmond or Woodstock Neighborhood Harvest Coordination Teams OR start your own in your neighborhood. Wouldn't that be cool?  We'll supply the training and support, and you supply the enthusiasm, labor, and fun!

If you're interested in starting or joining a team in your neighborhood, please contact our Program Manager, Bob Hatton, at bob[at]portlandfruit.org or 503-284-6106.