Harvest Program

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In the backyards and wild places of our region, grow countless productive fruit trees. Much of the fruit that grows on these trees goes unharvested and wasted.

During the harvest season (December to June) The Harvest Project gathers excess fruit from these backyards, wild trees and local commercial orchards that would otherwise go to waste.

The fruit is split equally between the volunteers who help harvest, the fruit tree owners and local community organisations such as primary schools, Community Lunch and Salvation Army. Within this process, we remove rotten or damaged fruit to help stop the spread of fruit fly, as well as reduce pest and disease habitat.  Anyone can join us as a volunteer.

Since the harvest project began in the 2011 harvest season, we have harvested over 23 tonne of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste and distributed it to volunteers and in weekly boxes to more than 14 local community organisations.

Ways you can be involved:

  • Register your fruit trees¬†
  • Become a harvest team leader
  • Join us in harvesting
  • Receive fruit for your community group

For further details or to have a chat about any of these ways to be involved, please contact us at harvest@growingabundance.org.au . If you’re keen to volunteer, download the Volunteer Registration form, and email that to us too.

To find out when harvests or pruning sessions are happening, please join our mailing list.