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Extra Veggies or Nuts? Okanagan Fruit Tree Project to the Rescue

So far, 20,000 lbs of fruit has been saved from going to waste this year and now the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project is looking to harvest unwanted vegetables and nuts.

Photo of fruit collected by volunteers with the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

While the non-profit group has always focused on unwanted fruit, they’re looking to branch out and help collect veggies and nuts that will be donated to hungry people in the community.

“A lot of garden produce is needlessly going to waste at this time of year because people don’t have the time or ability to harvest or store it,” says project spokesperson Casey Hamilton. “Our volunteers are happy to come out and pick whatever you can’t use – whether it’s a small backyard plot or a larger market garden – and we’ll go anywhere from Peachland to Lake Country.”

Photo Credit: Okanagan Fruit Tree Project

Already this year over 300 volunteers collected cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, apples and grapes. The fruit was then donated to the Kelowna and West Kelowna Community Food Banks, the Gospel Mission, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre, and Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and other charitable groups.

Fruit season isn’t over yet in the Okanagan and the group is on track to reaching its goal of 25,000 lbs.

Photo Credit: Okanagan Fruit Tree Project

Photo Credit: Okanagan Fruit Tree Project

To arrange for volunteers to come pick fruit, vegetables or nuts please contact project coordinator Alisa Beischer at 778-214-5664 or

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