Organization Harvests 25,000lbs of Fruit From Unloved Trees

By Sami Grover, TreeHugger

In April, TreeHugger covered the work of Katy Kolker and the Portland Fruit Tree Project, just one of many community organizations that gleans unwanted or underutilized fruit harvests in people’s backyards, and shares the bounty with those who will make use of it.

It’s an awesome concept for anyone who hates waste, and Janaia Donaldson sat down with Kolker to find out more about how the organization operates, why it all got started, and just how much fruit a group like this can gather.

With the harvest clocking in at around 25,000 lbs. of fruit at latest count, it’s safe to say that this is a formidable tool in the fight against hunger and waste. And as if this was not enough, the group is also providing young fruit trees to community members for a small donation. Let’s just hope there are people around who are willing to pick the bounty when they mature.

Want to get involved? Check out the Portland Fruit Tree Project.


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Warren Webber
Warren Webber4 years ago

Live long and prosper!

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla6 years ago


Carla van der Meer

I see so many derelict fruit trees in my area. Someone out there must be able to do this.

Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago


Ajla C.
Past Member 6 years ago


Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P6 years ago

that's great

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare6 years ago

That sounds really clever.
And if there is something that people dont want for whatever reasons, you can just give it to animals.

Deborah W.
Deborah W6 years ago

If you want worthwhile, humane change, get in the trenches of community-based groups looking to help in meaningful ways ... without "direction" from the ill-motivated mongers of greed and power which clog all goodness. KUDOS, may this spread out even further, it's our hope for the future.

heather g.
heather g6 years ago

Our small community also has a group of people who undertake this work, in conjuction with Bear Awareness - in the believe that, by picking the fruit, fewer bears will cause trouble in the community by entering people's yards to eat their fruit.
This leads to some gun-slinging, animal-hating types wanting all local animals to be shot by the police - especially when they wander into their gardens. Too many animals are shot because of an attitude of old.
The environmental group do a wonderful job of providing the collected fruit to an organisation which distributes it to the needy people in the community.

People F.
Pamela H6 years ago

If the renter planted the tree I don't think they need to ask the landlord's permission.