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 RNA Sustainability Committee. 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 (through the Sustainability Committee) supplied funding 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 2012 season! Volunteers from the Richmond neighborhood took on more responsibility this year as Harvest Leaders, Fruit Monitors, Tree Scouts, Food Distribution Coordinator, and Logistics Coordinator. All volunteers were trained by PFTP, and were a part of PFTP’s record-breaking season with 66,778 pounds of fruit harvested in 2012! The Richmond team put together 4 bike-powered harvesting events in 2012 in which they harvested 1353 lbs of fruit and donated 676 lbs of food to local food pantry partners (St. Mark’s Lutheran, St. Francis Dining Hall, and FISH Emergency Services.)
This year was just the beginning as 2012 was our pilot year for the Richmond Harvest Team. We hope to improve and expand this program in 2013 with the continued partnership between RNA & 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 2013 harvest season!
Portland Fruit Tree Project
1912 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211