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 and share tens of thousands of pounds of fruit. More than just fruit harvesting, our project also connects people in caring for place and each other.

Caring for the Urban Orchard

Alongside our beloved fruit harvesting service, LifeCycles now offers restorative fruit tree care services and education to ensure we give back to the trees that sustain us.

Learn About Our Fruit Tree Care Services

Community Rooted

We love the 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 thousands of people across the region.



Do you have a Fruit Tree?

Fruit Tree 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.

If you are a tree owner with fruit to share, please sign into the Gleaning Hub to register your fruit tree(s) to be picked. From here you can register trees, access the harvest history of your trees, and set preferences.

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 sign in to either participate in a pick or lead a pick. Questions? Please contact the volunteer coordinator at