The Campbell River Fruit Tree Project
The Fruit Tree Project is a gleaning program that connects fruit tree owners who don’t want to, or are not able to, harvest their trees with a group of volunteer harvesters. The harvest is then split between the owner, volunteers, program cost recovery (to help contribute to an ongoing project), and partner organizations in our community who distribute the fruit to those who need it.
Greenways launched the Campbell River Fruit Tree Project as a pilot campaign in the summer of 2019 as a division of our work in local food security. To our joy, it was a rousing success.
This is a great project for those with fruit trees, as well as those who want to contribute to the accessibility of healthy food for themselves, and in their community. In addition to decreasing food waste, the project means less fruit on the ground that could attract bears and wasps.
Some highlights from the 2020 season include:
- A total of 33 registered volunteers
- 29 tree owners contacted us about harvesting their fruit
- 46 trees were harvested
- 3,297lbs of fruit was harvested (not including animal feed grade)
- We worked with 13 community partners, who in total, received more than 2,400lbs of fruit
- Of those who took the survey, 100% of both volunteers and tree owners said they would like to participate in the project again next year
If you or someone you know has too much fruit, is unable to pick their fruit, or would like to help us harvest, click the related link(s) to the right.
To check out more of our other food security projects, click here.