Register Your Tree!
Registering your tree(s) with Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) may be a great way to keep sticky fruit out of your path, reduce waste, keep our city greener and our air cleaner, and share your fruit with others in the community. PFTP shares fruit from every tree we pick with the harvest event participants who come out to help us pick it. They generally take the fruit that needs to be eaten or processed sooner, while we take care of donating as much of your higher quality fruit as possible to local food banks, food pantries and health clinics.
Please be sure to read about our Harvest Programs, then ask yourself the following questions before registering your fruit tree and/or vine:
- Do you live in Portland? If you don't, scroll down to the section, "For Trees Outside of Portland."
- Is your fruit moderately healthy? Your fruit doesn't need to be perfect for harvest; many of our event participants are avid cooks, and know how to preserve fruits of varying quality. However, we do ask that you decline to register if your fruit is entirely worm-ridden and/or has damage to 50% or more of its surface area.
- Are you prepared to give us all or the majority of your fruit? Our mission is to donate and share as much fruit as possible with others. We can only leave up to 25% with the owner.
- Do you have enough ripe fruit at once? We need to be able to keep 8-14 sets of hands busy picking and sorting your fruit for at least 1 hour. If you have bigger fruits (plums, pears, asian pears, apples, quince, persimmons), then your tree(s) should produce enough fruit at one point to fill at least 6 square milk crates. If you have bite-sized fruits (cherries, figs, blueberries, kiwi vine), then you should have enough fruit at one point to fill at least 6 standard cookie baking sheet with one layer or more of fruit.
- Are you comfortable knowing that we cannot guarantee the harvest of your tree(s)? Every harvesting event requires many resources to align - tree proximity, fruit ripeness periods, vehicle and tool availability, volunteer coverage, and weather - to name a few. Though we'd like to, we are unable to guarantee that your tree will be harvested each season. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we grow.
How to Register
If you answered "yes" to all of the above criteria, then you may register via one of the two options below:
If you answered "no" to any of the above criteria, consider attending a Work & Learn Party at one of our community orchards. Conveniently located in various areas of the city, these orchard events are valuable hands-on opportunities to improve your fruit tree care knowledge, and we hope, the health and yield of your own fruit trees.
After You Register
After we receive your registration form, we will add your tree(s) to our database and follow up with a confirmation email containing some important info about being a registered tree owner. The most important piece of information, is our request that you notify us 2 weeks before you expect your fruit to be ready for harvest. At that point, we will arrange to have a PFTP representative visit your site to asses your tree(s): how much fruit you have, what quality it is, and what materials and tools we will need to harvest it. If we are able to place your tree in our harvest event line-up, then we will contact you to confirm a window of time and some additional details. As mentioned above, please know that we cannot guarantee the harvest of your tree during any given year.
If We Can Harvest Your Fruit
If we can harvest your tree during one of our events, we will contact you to confirm a window of time - usually 1.5 to 3.5 hours (if this time doesn't work for you, we may not be able to offer an alternative). We will also address some additional details:
- Will you be home during the harvest?
- Can you clean up any dog poo prior to the event?*
- Can you ensure your dog is kept indoors during the event?*
- Can we use your restroom?
- Do you want us to leave any fruit for you?
- Where should we put any fruit to be composted?
- Is there anything else we should know?
*These are necessary. The others are not.
Typically 8-14 people will come to harvest your fruit on the pre-arranged day and time. Of those people, 2 will be volunteeer Harvest Leaders, trained to facilitate these events in a fun, safe and timely fashion. They will show up early to introduce themselves and set up our equipment and tools. You are encouraged to join in the harvest once it begins, but it's not necessary. Following the harvest, Harvest Leaders will leave you with a tax-deductible receipt, and some fruit if you requested (we can leave up to 25% of the harvest).
Please note that we require a signed waiver from all tree owners as well as all event participants prior to the event start. Safety and peace of mind are of utmost importance to us.
For Trees Outside of Portland
We are only registering trees in Portland, OR at this time, with the exception of large orchards. If you do not own or operate an orchard outside of Portland, we encourage you to contact one of the following gleaning groups according to your location:
- In and around Vancouver, WA: Urban Abundance
- In and around Salem, OR: Salem Harvest
- In Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, or Tualatin: Tualatin Valley Gleaners
If you do own or operate an orchard outside of Portland that you would like us to harvest, please visit our Large Orchard Harvest page for more information on registration criteria and contact info.