Volunteers are asked to bring their own equipment: ladders, tarps, pails/boxes, rake, gloves, etc. If a fruit owner has equipment to share, wonderful.
Volunteers meet at the fruit address on time.
Volunteers begin by removing and composting any dropped fruit that is on the ground when they arrive. Once the area is cleared, the volunteers harvest the fruit. This may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours depending on the type and amount of fruit and the number of volunteers.
When finished, volunteers clear the area and leave it as neat and tidy as they found it (or better!). The volunteers are responsible for sharing the fruit 3 ways (1/3 each to the fruit owner, the volunteers and a community group unless otherwise noted in the confirmation) and depositing the scraps in the compost.
Volunteers MUST let Fruit Share know how much fruit was harvested and where it was donated, which is updated on our blog.
Fruit owners may or may not be on site.
Read Pick Rules for more details.
Note: We are extremely proud of our volunteers and the care and respect they show fruit owners’ property and fruit. We also care about them a great deal and instruct them to be safe and avoid taking unnecessary risks. Please understand that sometimes, this means that parts of a fruit tree may not be able to be picked (e.g. if the fruit hangs over a delicate structure or the fruit is higher than can be safely reached with a ladder, etc.).