Flash Update, May 2013!
There is an immediate opening for the overall Coordinator position for the 2013 harvest season. This is a volunteer position with a nominal honorarium provided.
Please email SCFTP Administrators is you would like to help your community with this worthy project!
We are the Sunshine Coast Fruit Tree Project. We seek to better our community by helping to pick and distribute the abundance of fruit grown here. The benefits are wide and diverse from bear management, to providing local fruit for people in need. We are a volunteer driven organization that helps connect people – those with fruit trees and those that can pick them.
Our Mission Is Simple
We connect people with excess fruit on their backyard trees with those who have the time and energy to harvest it.
We Want To Help With Bear Management
This program can also assist with coastal Bear Management by removing the sweet temptation from our furry friends. Picking fruit in a timely manner will dissuade bears from feasting in our backyards and that means less chance of bear / human contact, and less damage to the fruit trees.
We Are Community Builders
The Fruit Tree Project is about building relationships in our community. We get together to pick fruit, increase access to fresh local fruit, and share knowledge and skills about harvesting, canning and preserving foods. We aim to create opportunities for learning about the importance of fresh produce in a healthy diet, canning workshops, the care of fruit trees, and other food security activities. Our intent is that the fruit harvest will be split between fruit tree owners, volunteer pickers, and organizations that accept fruit for distribution such as food banks and programs for children and youth. One of our goals is capacity building and we hope to facilitate this by connecting people with fruit trees to volunteer harvesters to organizations in need. Our harvest activities generally take place between the months of July and October.