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Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (OFTP) cultivates a food secure community through the collection and redistribution of local food. It achieves this vision through its mission to...
PO Box 22001
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9N9
Causes we care about

  • Environment

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
We believe in providing opportunities for community members to connect around local food production, dignified access to food for those who are experiencing food insecurity, reducing food waste and promoting environmental stewarship.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Enliven Design + Consulting
Do Some Good
Karis Support Society
Food for Thought: A Breakfast Program of Hope for the Nations
First West Foundation
Hands in Service
NOW Canada Society
Kelowna Community Foodbank
Our average annual contributions received

437

Hours Volunteered

$8K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Volunteer opportunities
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A few hours of time feeds dozens of individuals throughout the community!
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Stories of our community involvement

Feeding our community


Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation are pleased to send along a $500 donation from the Community Help Fund to our friends Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society. Join us and help our community have increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables.


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The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project has been cultivating community through local food since 2012. Our food security organization runs programs to help alleviate hunger, reduce food waste, and provide a safe and non-stigmatizing opportunity for anyone in our community to participate in and learn about our local food system. Through our farming program our volunteers grow delicious vegetables and herbs. Through our gleaning program our volunteers harvest produce like fruits, vegetables, and sometimes nuts that would otherwise be wasted from farms, orchards and backyards in the Okanagan. The produce harvested through both our programs are shared with over 50 schools and social service agencies in the Central and South Okanagan! Children, youth, seniors, people with health conditions or a diversability, new immigrants, single-parent families and more all benefit from increased access to healthy fruits and vegetables. Our volunteers get to experience a healthy, fun, inclusive, educational experience and they get to take home some of the harvest. It's a win-win-win for all involved!

This year, access to healthy fruits and vegetables is more important than ever as more people in our community find themselves without enough money to buy food. Each dollar donated helps us grow or glean at least three pounds of produce to share among some of the most vulnerable people in our community! Your donation causes a ripple effect in that it also helps out all the agencies and schools we support because they are able to stretch their food programming budgets further which means they can do more as well. Farmers and orchardists who often face financial challenges receive a tax receipt for their large produce donations which means any impacts from a tough growing season are partially reduced. This means that your financial donation supports a lot of different people and organizations in your community. Talk about bang for your buck!


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Wednesday afternoon 13 wonderful staff from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union spent 2 hours volunteering at our vegetable plot at Helen's Acres. They weeded, harvested and washed produce, all with a smile on their face and a spring in their step! Thank you all so much for your hard work and for contributing once again to the mission of feeding the valley! With their help we were able to harvest 22 bins of produce!
Helen's Acres Community Farm, Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, The Salvation Army Kelowna, Hands in Service, Karis Support Society Kelowna's Gospel Mission
WOHOO! First West Foundation is proud to provide grants through the Valley First Community Endowment. Thank you for supporting the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society this year. $10,000 will go towards our programs in the Central and South Okanagan. Here is a photo of our harvest from last season. Here's to another :)
Our veggie plot at Helen's Acres is growing by the day! So far we have already harvested lettuce, strawberries, radishes and swiss chard! The fresh vegetables are going to all sorts of organizations in the valley. The latest organization to connect with us is Hands in Service where we will be donating fresh vegetables for their weekly food hampers.
Recognizing all the volunteers at community gardens who grow food for good! This picture is of 2 volunteers at Central Okanagan Community Farm Society and Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society who grow approximately 20,000 pounds of fresh veggies per year for 12 local Charities feeding many families in need. 100 percent run by volunteers. #SnapSomeGood
What a perfect day at the farm! We planted out 8 rows of onions, spread out some mulch, and layed down more irrigation lines. We have some seriously incredible volunteers who practised social distancing while enjoying and fresh air. ❤️❤️

A special thank you to Helen's Acres Community Farm for providing us an half acre for another season to run our community farm program!
Now more than ever, we need to get in the dirt and start planting vegetables for those in need. It is up to us to make a difference in our local food sustainability.
Exciting News! The Central Okanagan Community Farm Society is now part of the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society. We are currently preparing the irrigation on our vegetable farms to start planting this weekend. We will be planting 72 rows of veggies this season on our Kelowna farm and more out in Winfield.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer and have the opportunity to take home vegetables in exchange for your help, please contact us! No prior experience or minimum hours required. Get involved today and help feed the valley. Produce is donated to numerous local non-profits and charities.
We are proud to support the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society with a $10,000 Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment for their Okanagan Gleaning expansion into the community of Oliver. Thanks for having us, we had a blast picking apples! Demand for fresh fruit and vegetables grows with each season and partner organizations work to support their food insecure clients with nutritious food. This program offers a fun, inclusive, healthy, educational and flexible community building experience while the diversity of volunteers continues to astound. The Society finds a way for all to be involved if they want to be and we absolutely love that!
My pal Jackey & I had a great time picking apples today with our friends Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society. First West Foundation was proud to grant $10,000 from
the Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment to help expand the project from Central Okanagan right down to Oliver! We joined a fun group of volunteers & managed to clean a tree from the very top to bottom! Those apple bags get heavy! Kudos to our new friends for all they do to increase food security in our region.
Thank you Do Some Good! We have consistently attracted volunteers through your platform! Moms and college students looking for ways to give back as well as office workers looking for ideas to get out into nature and help in their community!
In the past two weeks our wonderful volunteers have harvested 57 rubbermaid bins of vegetables to donate to agencies such as: Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, Karis Support Society, Kelowna Women's Shelter, Freedom's Door, Kelowna's Gospel Mission, The Salvation Army Kelowna. This assorted vegetable bin went to the NOW Canada AG House to help nourish the women and children at this emergency center. Spreading the love one bin of veggies at a time!
PO Box 22001
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9N9
Causes we care about

  • Environment

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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