Fruit Tree Project
The original Richmond Fruit Tree Project started over a decade ago by a dedicated group of volunteers who had gleaned (bad pun) the idea from the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project. That group has continued to grow over the years and is now, The Sharing Farm Society . Instead of fruit tree gleaning, they grow fruits and vegetables, on over 4 acres of city owned land in Terra Nova Rural Park and at the intersections of Gilbert and Dyke Roads. The fruits and vegetables still go to the Richmond Food Bank and community meal program.
The Richmond Fruit Tree Project has not been forgotten. It is alive and still going strong in the capable hands of Geoff Snell. It is now managed by the Richmond Food Security Society.
What is the Fruit Tree Project?
“The Fruit Tree Project began as a way to make use of a valuable and neglected food source, help people gain access to nutritious and healthy foods, and bring the community closer together. It has since evolved (and is still evolving) and taken on new forms and formats to fit the needs and goals of people in each community that has adopted the program.
The concept is that fruit that is currently going unharvested is collected and shared equally between those who donate fruit from their trees, those who harvest the fruit, and various community organizations. The project is operated by members of the community for the community.Reduction of food waste equates to increased local food security. A large portion (1/3 or more) of the fruit collected is donated to various non-profit local organizations, which can in turn provide people with healthy, free food.”
–Definition from Life Cycles Project Society
There is surplus and neglected fruit in the yards of homes all over Richmond. We need you to let us know where the fruit is located. If you are willing and able, we need volunteers for work parties to harvest this fruit. If you know of a tree or trees in need of picking, please call or email us. If you’d like to sign up as a volunteer picker, fill out the form below. Volunteers receive an email in advance of a picking with an address in Richmond. Come to as many or as few pickings at you can.