News from PFTP:
Interested in leading harvests with us this summer? Join us this Saturday, July 20th from 10:30am to 12:30pm for our Harvest Leader Training, where you’ll learn how to lead and supervise a harvest, and how to drop off the fruit for donation afterwards. Please register below if you’re interested in attending so we know how many people to expect!
We’ve hired a fantastic Harvest Coordinator for the 2019 Harvest Season starting in July, and will be announcing harvest events soon. This harvest season, we are also launching the pilot Harvest Box Pickup Program. Stay tuned for updates via our email mailing list!
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
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit gleaning organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need in Portland and beyond: access to healthy food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food.
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) hosted over 750 harvest events, founded five Community Orchards, and led countless educational workshops on topics including fruit tree pruning and food preservation.
The rapid growth of the organization’s programs, unfortunately, was not accompanied by a corresponding growth in funding. In light of this, the PFTP Board decided to take an organizational hiatus from Summer 2017 to Summer 2018 in order to examine past programming and operational procedures, maximize efficiency, prioritize equity, and strategically plan for the future. After a comprehensive restructuring of the organization, we have relaunched our programs in 2019!
We’re very excited about the sustainable and fruitful path ahead of us. This year, we are…
Launching a Membership Program to provide benefits for our monthly donors;
Expanding our list of Fruit Recipient Agencies to include additional programs in Portland working with marginalized populations and low-income families;
Hiring a Harvest Coordinator for the Harvest Season (July-November)!
We’re thrilled about exciting new ways we can help address the needs of the nutritionally insecure, prevent food waste, and build community in the greater Portland area!