Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team
The Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team was created as a joint project of Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) and the Richmond Neighborhood Association. Our mutual goal is to ensure that unclaimed fruits and nuts in our neighborhood (and surrounding neighborhoods) are actually eaten; not converted to sidewalk waste.
The RNA donated the funds to help PFTP purchase harvesting equipment and stock our Richmond-based tool shed. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (at SE Chavez & Brooklyn) is generously providing space in one of their sheds for the team’s harvesting supplies.
We had a very successful 2013 season. Volunteers from the Richmond neighborhood took on more responsibility as Harvest Leaders, Fruit Monitors, Tree Scouts, and PFTP Liaison. All volunteers were trained by PFTP, and were a part of PFTP’s efforts to harvest 32,700 lbs of fruit, which would have otherwise gone to waste. The Richmond team put together 5 bike-powered harvesting events in 2013 in which they harvested 990 lbs of fruit and donated 503 lbs of food – which were distributed through local schools and social service agencies.
We hope to improve and expand this program in 2014 with the continued partnership between the RNA and the PFTP, and the hard work of dedicated community members in Richmond and its adjacent neighborhoods.
Join us as a Harvest Leader, Fruit Monitor, or in another capacity; as we look forward to the 2014 harvest season.
Portland Fruit Tree Project
5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211