The stately old fruit trees, found in backyards across the city, are the legacy of orchards that once flourished in Victoria. With the rise of industrial agriculture, cheaper fruit, selected for durability and appearance, has taken over the market place. As a result, many varieties that were valued in the past for exceptional flavour, texture or storage capacity are being lost.
The Fruit Tree Project was developed to celebrate this valuable resource and share it with those in need. The Fruit Tree Project honours another way of doing things, one where we feed ourselves from local orchards and gardens, celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of different trees, mark the passage of seasons with the ripening of fruit and share the harvest with our community.
The Fruit Tree Project aims to do more than just harvest and share fruit. We also foster community resilience through farm gleaning, growing regionally adapted heritage varieties of fruit and nut trees, and tree propagation. At the Fruit Tree Project, we view gleaning and fruit tree stewardship as an empowering and celebratory way forward in the face of growing food insecurity.
For more information on regionally adapted fruit trees and farm gleaning email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Sign-up below (the "Volunteer" button) and you’ll receive all the information needed to get gleaning, including a password to access our online Pick Sign-up.
Click the volunteer button to learn about roles and to register.
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.