News from PFTP:
We’re preparing for the 2019 Harvest Season, starting in July! We’re in the process of hiring a Harvest Coordinator for this upcoming season, and will be announcing harvest events soon. Stay tuned for updates via our email mailing list!
All of the incredible Orchard Stewards are leading regular work parties at the Community Orchards - see below for the calendar of upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthful food and strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce.
What We Do
Acutely aware of the economic challenges many in our community face in accessing healthful food, the Portland Fruit Tree Project organizes community members to share in the harvest of neighborhood fruit and make it available to people in need.
Through our Harvest Program and Community Orchards, we strive to improve the quality of life for people in Portland through the shared harvest and equitable distribution of one of our city’s greatest natural resources: fresh fruit!
Value of fruit donated to food banks: $520,000
Pounds of fruit harvested: 400,300
Volunteers engaged: 11,500
Trees harvested: 3,900
Harvesting events coordinated: 760
Community Orchards created: 5
The "Neighborhood Fruit Tree Project" was created in 2006 in response to the massive amount of fruit dropping from trees in North and Northeast Portland. In 2007, the program expanded from a neighborhood project into the Portland Fruit Tree Project.
During the following 10 years, the Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) ran award-winning programs that provided a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: access to healthful food. PFTP hosted over 750 harvest events, founded five Community Orchards, and led countless educational workshops on topics such as fruit tree pruning and food preservation.
The rapid growth of the organization’s programs, unfortunately, was not accompanied by a corresponding growth in funding. Due to a lack of operational funds, the PFTP Board decided to take an organizational hiatus from Summer 2017 to Summer 2018.
After a comprehensive restructuring of the organization, we have relaunched our programs in 2019! We look forward to a more sustainable and fruitful path forward!