Fruit Tree Project
Fruit Tree Project is on hold this year and is seeking stewardship.
If you are seeking pickers for your fruit trees this year, we apologize that we are not able to help you out and encourage you to check back frequently as we will share any up to date information on the project here.
Fruit is an incredibly abundant organic food resource on the Sunshine Coast – so much so that there aren’t nearly enough hands to pick and distribute what grows. As a result, hundreds of pounds of fruit go to waste annually.
The Fruit Tree Project’s mission is to help reduce this waste by organizing volunteer pickers to harvest and distribute the excess fruit in our community.
Pesticide-free, organically-grown fruit is harvested between the months of July and October from Gibsons to Pender Harbour.
Historically, picked fruit has been split between the home owners, pickers, charities and the host organization, sharing yields in a diverse and fruitful way!
By bringing people together to harvest fruit, food waste is reduced while improving food security in our community and mitigating wildlife attractants. This is also an avenue to exchange knowledge and information on fruit tree care, harvesting, and fruit preserving.
One Straw Society no longer has the capacity to steward this great community project. If you, or an organization you know of is interested in taking the project on, please contact Kym : firstname.lastname@example.org for all of the details.
We hope that another organization will be able to take this program on and that next year, it will be back in action for you. Thank you for all of your support.
Register Your Tree
The Fruit Tree Project is on hiatus this year. Please check back soon for more information on next years program. Thank you!
Whether you have excess fruit or just want more info on tree care and fruit preservation, registering your tree with us will get you the support you need.
Fruit Tree Project activities generally take place between July and October, although (of course) we pick according to season.
We serve the Sunshine Coast from Gibsons to Pender Harbour.
How we help you:
- Get help picking your fruit–it can be a BIG job, we know!
- Pruning courses for you and our volunteers
- Pruning and healthy tree maintenance services
How you help the community:
- Donate unused fruit to community organizations
- Mitigate the risks of wildlife (bears, anyone?!)
- Provide fresh, healthy, local food resource for people in need
- Create a means to exchange wisdom around fruit tree care
- Reinforce community connections around food
Join the Harvest
Volunteering with us might mean going home with a basket of apples for a weekend of apple pie-making, or it could mean leading picks throughout the season. Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll connect you with people and fruit!
Ways to help us:
- Pick fruit!
- Organize picks
- Post on social media
- Process harvested fruit
How we help you:
- Get practice picking fruit
- Exchange recipes and preservation ideas
- Take home lots of fruit to share and process
- Meet like-minded people
- Learn to care for fruit trees
Already registered? Check out our calendar to register for a pick!