Pick etiquette and FAQ:

We do not want people showing up randomly to someone’s home. And it’s so much nicer to work on the fruit together!

What to bring to a pick:

  • 1 ladder per volunteer.
  • If you don’t bring a ladder you can be ground crew, to pass buckets and tools and pick up fallen fruit.
  • Pails/boxes for the fruit you would like to take home.
  • Gloves if you like ’em.
  • Appropriate footwear (no sandals on ladders please!).
  • Bring your friends/family/kids! The more the merrier. Your kids will need your supervision due to the ladder work. Please leave your furry family at home.
  • Picking poles can be rented from Big Mountain Kitchen.
  • Ensure the fruit is harvested and shared safely and respectfully.
  • Always be respectful of the fruit owner’s property and the instructions they provide for the harvest.
  • Clean up!
  • Non-edible fruit gets donated to local pig farmers or composted.
  • Take a photo if possible and submit to gleaning@revelstokebearaware.org.
  • Leave the site as neat or neater than before you arrived.
  • Be safe! No fruit is worth risking injury.
  • Do NOT climb the trees.
  • Do NOT climb on fences, garages, sheds or other objects on the fruit owners property (or their neighbours’).
  • Do NOT shake trees.
  • Do pick in light rain. Sing.
  • Do NOT pick when there is lightening or thunder.
  • Be cautious of slippery surfaces (i.e. ladders rungs, tree branches).
  • Do NOT pick if you feel unsafe for any reason!

We are extremely proud of our volunteers and the care and respect they show fruit owners’ property and fruit. We also care about them a great deal and instruct them to be safe and avoid taking unnecessary risks. Please understand that sometimes, this means:

  • that parts of a fruit tree may not be able to be picked (e.g. if the fruit hangs over a delicate structure or the fruit is higher than can be safely reached with a ladder, etc.).
  • Pruning your tree is very helpful for our volunteers.
  • Please be sure your pets are indoors while your fruit is being picked.

You’ve done the hardest part, nice work! The fun part is sharing it with others. Here are some options:

  • Take your fruit to these locations but phone first to arrange a drop-off time:
  • Use your own social media account or Revelstoke Fruit Share Facebook community to let others know that you have picked fruit to give away.
  • If your fruit is in poor condition, take it to the landfill or bag it for collection on your garbage day.

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