Organizing volunteers to harvest urban fruit trees and share the fruit with the community

FruitSave is a local gleaning program that organizes volunteers to harvest backyard fruit that would otherwise go to waste.  This naturally grown fruit is shared between the homeowner, the pickers, the Valley’s many emergency food providers, and CGC’s programs.

If you are interested in become a FruitSave volunteer or if you have a fruit tree that needs picking, please submit your online application today (see green buttons below!).

Why is this project important?

95% of the food we eat on Vancouver Island is brought in by ferry, often after travelling thousands of kilometers, and yet we have one of the finest climates for growing food in Canada. Backyard fruit trees in the Valley offer tonnes of nutritious food every year, but much of it falls to the ground uneaten. Now there is a way to get this fruit to those who need it most, and to learn how easy it can be to feed ourselves with beautiful, wholesome, Cowichan-grown food!

Who benefits

Homeowners get their fruit trees picked and windfall apples gathered for free and are left with 1/3 of the harvest. Not only will their yards be cleaner, but they can also feel satisfied that the fruit from their trees will help many people throughout the community.

Harvesters can enjoy some sunshine and gentle exercise with a friend while picking and then take home 1/3 of the fruit if they wish.

The Community benefits from donation of fresh, local food. FruitSave supports many organizations, such as:

How I can help ?

Becoming a Team Lead

CGC would like to create as many opportunities to harvest fruit as possible. In order to do so we need people to lead teams of pickers. Please let us know if you can help! CGC will connect Team Leads with trees in their area, and help to coordinate each pick.

Here’s what is involved:

If you’d like to get involved, or have questions about this great project, please contact the FruitSave Team, at