Fruit Tree Registration

Every year, tree owners make it possible for us to collect and redistribute between 30,000 to 40,000 lbs of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Registering Your Fruit Tree

The Fruit Tree Project runs from July to October each year. It’s easy to have your tree(s) harvested by the Fruit Tree Project, and with pickers harvesting up to 25% of the fruit for you and redistributing the rest to those in need, it is a wonderful service. Getting your tree picked is easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Estimate when the bulk of your fruit will be ripe.

    Give us your best guess by using our ripening chart. Don’t worry about being wrong, we just need an approximate date. If you have multiple trees with varying ripening dates, sign the trees up separately. We have assessors who will come by your home to check on the ripeness of your trees as your chosen date approaches. If your tree(s) ripen early, feel free to give us a call or email.

  2. Register your tree(s) through our online system.

  3. Wait to hear from us.

    After registering your tree, you will receive an email with all the details you need to know about being part of the Fruit Tree Project. Before we come to harvest your fruit, we send an assessor to check on the ripeness and quantity of your tree(s)’s fruit. We always knock first, but if you’re not home we will likely take a quick peek at your tree(s). Once we schedule a picking time with our volunteers, we’ll give you a call to let you know we’ll be coming.

  4. Let the picking begin!

    You do not need to be home when we come to pick your tree(s). We will still leave your share of harvested fruit (up to 25% of the harvest).

Please note: Due to the abundance of fruit, we cannot guarantee that your tree(s) will be picked during the exact week you choose, though we do try our best! Also, in years with an overabundance of fruit and/or a lack of volunteer availability, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to pick all trees that are registered. If that’s the case, we will give you as much notice as possible.

Choose a week

Register your Fruit Tree with the LifeCycles Project
Week beginning June 20th Sign Up
Week beginning on June 27th Sign Up
Week beginning on July 4th Sign Up
Week beginning on July 11th Sign Up
Week beginning on July 18th Sign Up
Week beginning on July 25th Sign Up
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Week beginning on October 24th Sign Up
Week beginning on October 31st Sign Up

Picking Calendar

Please peruse the calendar below and choose when you think will be the best time for our Volunteers to come pick your trees(s). If you are unsure, or it’s a new tree, please use these dates as a guide:
  • JULY

    Cherries

    Late June - Early July

  • Yellow Plums

    Early July

  • Transparent Apples

    Mid July - Early August

  • AUGUST

    Cherry Plums

    Late July

  • Victoria Plums

    Mid Aug

  • Apples (most varieties)

    Early Aug - Late Oct

  • SEPTEMBER

    Italian Prune Plums

    Mid - Late Aug

  • Bartlett Pears

    Late Aug
    *need to be picked before they are yellow and ripe

  • Bosc Pears

    Mid Sept - Early Oct

  • OCTOBER

    Quince

    Mid Sept - Early Oct