Get Involved

Join in the harvest, make an impact.
The 2023 season is now closed.

Become a member of our fruit picking program! Our program is made possible thanks to thousands of people across Toronto, contributing as fruit pickers, tree registrants, and storage partners.

How the program works

When a tree owner in our service area can’t keep up with their harvest, we mobilize a volunteer team to pick the fruit, and then split the bounty three ways: 1⁄3 to the tree registrant, 1⁄3 split amongst to the volunteers, and 1⁄3 is donated to one of our ur social service agency partners. We deliver fruit to agencies via cargo bike to reduce our impact on the environment and demonstrate that a low-carbon food distribution model is possible. At times pick leaders will use public transit or their own vehicles to transport fruit and equipment.

Any additional fruit above and beyond what our agency partners have capacity for is directed towards revenue-generating partnerships, such as collaborations with local breweries or hosting food skills workshops.

Fruit Picks Schedule

Wednesday – Friday
12:00pm- 7:00pm

Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00pm
June – October
(Usually between the summer solstice and the October long weekend, always subject to change)

NFFTT Office is closed on holidays and picks will not be scheduled.

The fruit-picking program is for everyone, whether you have fruit to share or would like to help pick it! We charge a membership fee to sustain our operations

Get more information on our corporate and large group package.

Join the Harvest

Sign Up to Pick Fruit

$10 / season

Experience the magic of picking fruit right in your city. You’ll get to practice your climbing skills, meet new people, and leave with a share of fruit! You’ll pay a $10 membership fee for the season and have access to your pick of picks!

Register Your Tree For Picking

$40 / season

Have fruit you’d like to share? A group of volunteers will pick your fruit, clean your yard, and leave you with a share of the bounty. You’ll pay a $40 membership fee for the season, and then you’re all set to request a pick!

Become a Pick Leader

Membership fee after three picks is waived

Are you a born leader? As a pick leader you’ll lead fruit picks and transport fruit and equipment to and from site. This role is perfect for those who love biking and are looking to get on more picks each season. Your membership fee will also be waived.

Become a Partner

Are you a social service agency located in Toronto? If you’re looking to add fresh fruit to your meal programs, please send us an email.

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.

Other Ways to Get Involved

From time to time we offer other unique ways to get involved with Not Far From The Tree, including hosting fundraising events, community workshops, cider pressing, and tabling events. Sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media to stay in the loop!

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