Register as a Fruit Picker Member
***Important COVID-19 UPDATE: If you are joining as a Fruit Picker Member this season, it is mandatory to read in full and adhere to the Fruit Picker COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Procedures.***
Register to be a Fruit Picking Member
For $10 per season, you will have access to unlimited fruit picks from June to October. By joining as a Fruit Picker member with Not Far From The Tree, you gain access to a whole other part of Toronto – the city’s huge (often hidden) urban orchard! You’ll have access to various types of fruit – cherries, mulberries, apricots, plums, pears, and more! It’s a great way to spend time outside in lush backyards, meet new people, and gain access to fresh, locally grown fruit in your own neighbourhood.
What’s Included in Membership?
Your membership fee gives you access to unlimited picks from June – October. You’ll only be able to see available picks on the Portal if you register as a member. You can register for as many picks as you like during the season. At each pick, the fruit pickers split 1/3 of the fruit amongst themselves, so you’ll leave with a share. During apple, pear, and grape season, this can be A LOT of fruit. Your membership fee helps us maintain our equipment sets, and bring more programming to our 35 social service agency partners. Thank you for your support!
As a 2021 member, you’ll have access to discounts at local businesses, including:
Curbside Cycle – 10% off all parts and accessories. Located at 412 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON.
Toronto Tool Library – 20% off their two higher tier memberships and access to workshops. Multiple locations.
Chocosol Traders – 15% off all products on the Chocosol online store with special NFFTT discount code. In-person shop located at 1131 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON.
Karma Co-Op – Two month trial shop for Not Far From The Tree members who sign up between July 27th – October 31st. To sign up, mention you heard about the deal through Not Far From The Tree when you are at the shop! Located at 739 Palmerston Avenue, Toronto, ON.
Where do picks happen?
Picks happen all across Not Far From The Tree’s current operating area: south of Eglinton, east of Jane and west of Victoria Park in front and backyards. Unfortunately we are not currently operating in North York, Scarborough or Etobicoke, but hope to in the future. Once you secure a spot on a fruit pick via our online Fruit Picking Portal, you’ll be able to see the address of the fruit pick. The Pick Leader will meet you on site at the indicated start time, and walk you through how to pick. We ask that if you register for a pick, you please commit to attending, or cancel your spot AT LEAST 24 hours in advance.
What do I need to bring?
A great attitude, the willingness to work as a team, and if you have them – your excellent tree climbing skills! Our trained Pick Leaders bring all the equipment you’ll need to the site. We ask that you bring your own re-usable bag or container for your share of the fruit, gardening gloves (if you wish to wear them), and wear close-toed shoes. Please keep in mind fruit picking can get messy (think mulberry stains) – so dress in clothing you might not mind getting dirty. For more information about the pick itself, please review our Fruit Picker Handbook. COVID-19 Update: This season, please bring and wear a mask/face covering to the pick site.
Who are the Pick Leaders?
Our Pick Leaders are trained volunteers who pick up the fruit picking equipment, bring it to your pick, lead you through the pick, and then deliver 1/3 of the fruit to a local social service agency afterwards. While on site, we ask that you please follow the instructions of the Pick Leader – they always have your safety in mind!
How do I renew my membership?
Please note memberships expire on January 1st. If you are looking to renew your membership for the following season, please do so after January 1st. Please avoid registering between November – January, as there are no picks during this time, and your membership will expire before the next season.
Not Far From The Tree is committed to keeping our Picking Program accessible to everyone. We will waive the membership fee for anyone for whom the membership fee will be a barrier to participation – no questions asked. Contact email@example.com to make this request.
“There’s so much food in this world, and when you pick a fruit tree you realize how much it bears. People think food insecurity happens because there isn’t enough food in the world. But there really is. There’s food everywhere, but it’s also about the distribution of it.”Gracie James Pick Leader
“NFFTT provides a useful service to the social service community by provision of fresh tasty nutritious food. In doing so it uses a relatively free resource that would otherwise go to waste.”Tim Watson Pick Leader
“I love the whole idea of reclaiming lost fruit, and getting to take some home!”Sheilah O'Connor Volunteer
“I really love living in a big city and I also really love picking fruit and climbing trees, so I get a lot out of this!”Joanna Rifkin Pick Leader
“I think a lot about food security and the community access points to fresh foods, so I’m constantly looking for ways to assist that feel really tangible for me.”Kat Sylvester Pick Leader