The Nelson Community Food Centre Harvest Rescue program gleans fresh produce, with the help of trained volunteers, from backyard gardens in the Nelson area and vegetables from nearby farms. This produce, that would otherwise go to waste, is then shared with people living on low incomes through the our Good Food Bank and other social service organizations.
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Things are quiet with our Harvest Rescue program until trees begin to fruit. If you have a fruit tree you’d like to register with us for picking (nuts and berries are also welcomed), fill out our Tree Registration form below. This form gives us more details about the fruit you have available for harvest.
Note that we pick fruit in and around Nelson, from around Blewett and out to Balfour. Many of our volunteers have limited capacities, and our ladders can only reach so high, so we generally only pick trees that are “smaller than your house.” We split the harvest between the pickers, the Nelson CFC and you—if you want it.
If you are not within our range, or if your tree is too big for us, we can connect you with fruit gleaning organizations in other locations or you can visit our Facebook group: Harvest Rescue Fruit Exchange. The idea behind this group is to connect tree owners with fruit pickers.
Tree owners should also be aware that cannot accept fruit that is wormy, over-ripe or windfall. Know that we are volunteer-based and may not get 100% of the fruit, though we will make an effort to get as much as we can.
We’ll be back in touch with tree owners close to the picking date. We’ll begin recruiting volunteers in July.