To pick fruit with Fruit Share, you need to sign up with Fruit Connect and pay a $10.75/year membership. This allows you to pick as many times throughout a season as you want. It also lets you post any surplus edibles if you happen to have any, but this is not a requirement. You can pick fruit even if you have no fruit to share yourself.
Your membership helps pay for the insurance that protects you as a picker. It also helps pay for the maintenance of the system and general costs of operating Fruit Share. While we don’t screen fruit owners and fruit pickers, it also ensures only serious users are on the system.
Signing up with Fruit Connect is easy. There’s no need to download anything, you just need to have access to the internet – you can use any device.
Here are the step by step instructions:
Head to Fruit Connect – http://fruitconnect.fruitshare.ca and hit Sign Up
You’ll be taken to this screen where you can provide your basic information.
Subscribe for Unlimited Access so you can get details about picks – like the exact address. This is going to cost you $10.75 per year.
When you hit the blue Subscribe button, you’ll be taken to the PayPal portal that looks like this. You can pay by credit card or PayPal account. Go ahead and follow all the prompts to become a paid member.
If you prefer not to pay electronically, you can send a cheque made out to the Manitoba Association of Home Economists at the following address.
Manitoba Association of Home Economists
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2J3
Once you’re all paid, go back to your Account settings and be sure to turn on notifications. Trust me, you’ll want to check this box so you get email notices when new fruit is available for picking. No need to check the website everyday – this notification will keep you in the loop. Just a heads up – when you get the notice, read it right away so you can get in on the action!
You’re officially subscribed, now go ahead and browse the pick listings shown on Fruit Connect.
Browse and choose your favorite pick(s).
Click on your preferred fruit and location to get more details. Click the blue ATTEND button.
That’s it – you are a fruit picker! Go get some fruit!