Revelstoke Bear Aware Society assumes no responsibility for accidents or injury that occur as a result of fruit picking. Participation in this program is at your own risk.
If you are offering a fruit tree for picking, you certify that you have the authority to allow the fruit to be picked, and the authority to allow people to access the fruit.
You understand that there has been no screening of volunteer fruit pickers, nor of people offering fruit for picking.
Revelstoke Bear Aware Society does not supply tools to help you pick.
You understand and adhere to the following etiquette:
Be on time – We do not want people showing up randomly to someone’s home. And it’s so much nicer to work on the fruit together!
Bring all necessary equipment to a pick – ladder, pails/boxes for the fruit you would like to take home, gloves if you like ’em, appropriate footwear (no sandals on ladders please!), picking poles can be rented from Big Mountain Kitchen.
When on site – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave the site as neat or neater than before you arrived.
Safety considerations – 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. 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!
For home owners – 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.