About Us

We pick fruit and share it.

Who We Are

We’re Toronto’s fruit picking and sharing project. Did you know Toronto is home to a massive urban orchard? Over 1.5 million pounds of fruit grows right here in the city every year. We work to connect generous tree registrants with excess fruit to volunteers in their community who are willing to pick and share it. No good fruit should fall to waste when so many people can use it!

The bounty from each fruit pick is split 3 ways: ⅓ is provided to the tree registrant, ⅓ is split amongst the picking volunteers, and ⅓ is delivered via cargo bike to one of our 35 social service agency partners, including food banks, community kitchens, supportive housing programs, and community health centres.

“If one wants to positively contribute to the sustainability of food in Toronto, what better way than to spend a couple hours with new peers in a joint effort to rescue and preserve fruit to share?”

Volunteers using fruit picking poles on an apple pick .

Our Mission

Our mission is to harness the power of fruit trees to create healthy, resilient, sustainable and connected communities across Toronto. We empower Torontonians to pick and share fruit that would otherwise fall to waste while providing opportunities to connect more intimately with their neighbours, environment, and food system. We act as, and empower people to be stewards of the urban orchard to ensure it’s benefits can be realized for many generations to come.

Our Vision

We envision a Toronto where everyone has access to the urban harvest as part of a resilient, local food system that builds community, and is based on the value of shared abundance. To achieve this vision, we work to:

  • Bring people together around the harvest
  • Strengthen community ties
  • Increase access to healthy, local fruit
  • Raise public awareness of Toronto’s urban orchard as food source
  • Promote the health and sustainability of the urban orchard
  • Amplify the work of our 35 social service partner agencies

Our Impact

Since 2008, Not Far From The Tree has picked and shared over 190,000 pounds of fruit across Toronto. Our organization is made possible thanks to the generous support of over 1,800 tree registrants and 2,200 fruit pickers. A third of this harvest has been shared directly with our 35 social service agency partners.

Right now we operate in the downtown core, south of Eglinton, east of Jane, west of Victoria Park and north of the waterfront. We’re working to expand our operating area, and need your support to so!

Why Memberships?

Your membership not only provides much needed financial support to sustain our harvest program, but also represents a belief in our mission and buy-in to the sustainable community we are building together in Toronto.

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Our Team

Our team is small but mighty! We’re dedicated to making your experience with our program the very best it can be. Not Far From The Tree is guided by a volunteer Steering Committee, and is a Project on MakeWay Charitable Society's Shared Platform.

Our Supporters

Our supporters make the work we do possible. A huge thank you to the following supporters who believe in our mission, and help pick and share fruit across Toronto.

  • City of Toronto Logo
  • McLean Smits Family Foundation Logo

By the Numbers

2020 Season

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36

Partner Agencies Registered

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198

Picks This Season

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11,327 lbs

Pounds Picked

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4,943 lbs

Pounds Donated

Since 2008

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2,992

Total Picks
to Date

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2,442

Number of
Registered Trees

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198,989 lbs

Total Pounds
Picked

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66,329 lbs

Total Pounds
Donated

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