Would your organization like to share in the harvest?
HELP US BUILD COMMUNITY WITH THE PEOPLE YOU SUPPORT!
We grow and harvest fruits, vegetables and nuts to be share with members of our community. About 75% of our harvests goes to organizations and schools that support people who need increased access to healthy food.
If you could benefit from produce donations that you would use in your food programming and services, please register with us and one of our coordinators will connect with you.
We also have harvest opportunities where you and your clients may come to a harvest! All the food picked at that harvest will then go on to your organzition!
Yes, I'd like to register my organization to receive produce donations!
YOU HAVE THREE MAIN OPTIONS FOR RECEIVING PRODUCE DONATIONS:
Sign up to receive fresh produce!
You may register your organization to receive produce donations. Depending on your produce needs, we will deliver produce as often as we can as it is available throughout the season. Fresh produce donations are a great way to add nutrition and diversity to your food programs, such as community kitchens, cooking programs, hot meals, or snack programs.
We strive to distribute produce evenly amongst our partners; however, we may only be able to donate sporadically if your organization has a narrow window of time when it can accept produce.
Come join the harvest!
In our collaborative harvest program, clients or program participants from various community organizations (as well as student groups from local schools) come out to harvest fresh produce and then take it back with them to use in their food programming.
If we harvest more than your organization and clients can use, we’ll make sure the rest is donated to another organization!
Collaborative harvests can take place at backyards, orchards, or local gardens, or at our own community farm plot.
Become a Partner!
Help cover the cost of harvesting!
Our average cost to organize a harvest is approximately $200. We are looking for community organizations who value what we do and would like to receive produce donations on a regular basis as a supporting community partner. If you are already purchasing produce for your food programming and are able to help support a portion of a harvest (minimum $50), this option may work for your organization. The value of our produce deliveries often surpass $200 – sometimes as much as $500 or more! Please contact one of our coordinators if this options is of interest to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of produce do you harvest and deliver?
Fruit may be in our name, but that isn’t our only game!
While we do mostly rescue tree fruits like cherries, apricots, plums, and apples, we also love to harvest any vegetables or nuts that would otherwise go to waste in the community. We also have a farm where we grow a variety of vegetables. Please note that due to the recent relocation of our farm program to our new donated farm property in Kelowna, we are currently at capacity with regard to farm plot produce donations.
What type of organizations qualify for produce donations?
We support any organization or group that supports people! Our goal is to share produce with as many people in the community as we can without any discriminating qualifiers. You can be a school, charity, non-profit, group, club, or more. Simply contact us if you are not sure!
How much produce can we have delivered to us?
We want to fulfill your produce needs when we are able to. When registering with us, please make sure that you are specific about the maximum amount of produce you can accept at any one time and what you plan to use it for. When we are able, we will deliver as much as we can and hopefully as much as you need. This will always depend on how much we are able to harvest and the ripeness level of the produce. Some organizations use the produce in cooking and preserving and can take produce that is on the riper side. Again, please let us know!
How often can I receive produce donations?
This will always depend on how much produce we are able to grow and harvest. Sometimes we are able to harvest less frequently than other times because of the weather, or perhaps it’s not a good growing season for certain crops. We will do our best to deliver as regularly as we can. Often, we are able to deliver more regularly when organizations have wide time slots when they are able to accept produce.
We acknowledge that we are situated on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People. We recognize, honour and respect the presence of Indigenous people, past, present and future.
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
PO Box 22001
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