Letter From The Board of Directors

July 1, 2017

Dear Portland Fruit Tree Community:

After a full decade of operation, the Portland Fruit Tree Project has realized that in order to truly fulfill our mission of increasing equitable access to healthful food and strengthening communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce, we need to step back, reflect and reorganize. Anyone who has lived in Portland for the past ten years recognizes that the city has changed immensely. Funding opportunities for nonprofits have changed, as well as the needs of the community we serve. 

In an attempt to address these changing dynamics, all PFTP programming will be put on pause for the 2017 harvest season as we evaluate the organization’s current configuration and determine ways to increase our effectiveness and impact. Our Community Orchard partners and stewards will step up to maintain and harvest the bountiful orchards we helped to develop during our restructuring period.

The Board of Directors will undertake steps to ensure that going forward, PFTP has a long-term, sustainable funding stream and a structure that allows us to be valuable and relevant, with a focus on being truly responsive to the current Portland community. During this restructuring period, PFTP will be a strictly volunteer organization.

In the spirit of empowering neighbors and building community – and making sure fruit does not go to waste – we have created a DIY Fruit Tree Care & Harvesting Kit. It contains materials, resources, and more, with easy-to-use instructions for harvesting and tree care.

We are extremely grateful for the support and dedication of our incredible network of volunteers, funders, sponsors, and partners, and look forward to building an even better and brighter future with you all. We are also extremely grateful to all of our past and current staff and interns, without whom we would not have been able to accomplish so much over these past ten years.

We encourage your participation during this time of re-visioning and re-structure. If you are interested in being on a planning committee or taking a seat on the board, we would love to hear from you. Board Chair, Emily Becker, can be reached at board@portlandfruit.org.

Sincerely,

The Portland Fruit Tree Project Board of Directors

P.S. You can stay informed on our progress by checking our website home page and following us on social media. Thank you again for your support!