Fruit Tree Project

Powered by volunteers, our Fruit Tree Project imagines the urban orchard as a place where we all create abundance together. Each year hundreds of volunteers harvest tens of thousands of pounds of fruit, which is shared: among homeowners, volunteers, food banks & community organizations and back to the project itself. More than just fruit harvesting, or project also connects people in caring for place and each other.

Community Rooted


We love our urban orchard! We see the Capital Region’s backyard trees as part of a healthy, connected landscape. Working together in a spirit of generosity and care we are building a better food system rooted in the abundance of this place.

LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project harvests fruit by connecting volunteer pickers with generous tree owners. We then redistribute the resulting yield forward to over 45 community partners. We also offer tree care services and education to ensure we give back to the lands that sustain us.

Do you have a Fruit Tree?

Fruit Tree If you are a TREE OWNER with fruit to share, please use our online form to register your fruit tree(s) to be picked.

Having your tree(s) harvested by the Fruit Tree Project is easy! And with pickers sharing up to 25% of the harvested fruit with you, and redistributing the rest, we all will benefit.

New Volunteers

There are lots of ways you can join the harvest! Volunteering might mean as little as showing up to one pick, or as much as leading picks throughout the season.

Click the volunteer button to learn about roles and to register.

Already a Volunteer?

If you have already signed up as a volunteer, use the username and password you were given to either participate in a pick or lead a pick. If you're unsure or have any questions, please contact the volunteer coordinator.