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. PFTP provides all of the tools and training needed to safely harvest the fruit at each event. We also arrange for two or more trained volunteers, called "Harvest Leaders," to lead each event and ensure a great experience for all.

At almost all of our harvesting events, with the exception of Large Orchard Harvests, Harvest Leaders will teach you how to sort the picked fruit by quality. Participants have the opportunity to take home a share of the fruit or "fruit share" - generally the fruit that needs to be eaten or processed sooner - while PFTP donates the highest quality fruit to local food banks, food pantries and health clinics.

We provide four different types of harvest events to cater to different needs in the community. Click on the images below to read more, and find the event that's best for you!

 Urban Harvest Group Photo

Urban Harvests


 Group Harvest Photo

Group Harvests


 Community Orchard Harvest Event Photo

Community Orchard Harvests


 Large Orchard Harvest Event Photo

Large Orchard Harvests


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.

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group harvest photo

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.