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 2019 season include:
- From 20 properties with a total of 36 fruit trees, we successfully collected more than 1438kg of grade-A fruit
- Through the eight community partners we worked with, 877kg of the fruit fed 2,700+ people
- 100% of volunteers, tree owners, and community organizations that filled out evaluation surveys want to participate again
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.