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Great Bear Foundation -- Bears and Apples Program

If you are interested in volunteering to help pick or press fruit, or if you need help with your fruit trees, or just want apples, please contact the Great Bear Foundation! 

Each summer and fall, the Great Bear Foundation coordinates volunteers to help local residents clean up the fruit on their trees and in their yards. They concentrate on the Rattlesnake Valley, keeping track of fruit as it ripens, combing the area for productive trees to add to their list, and picking fruit for local residents.

Some residents choose to keep some of the fruit, but unwanted fruit goes to the Great Bear Foundation office at 802 East Front Street, Missoula, to be sorted and stored behind an electric fence. The best fruit goes to people in need through Missoula Food Bank, the Poverello Center, volunteers, and other interested parties. They press bruised and lower-grade fruit using a hand-built cider press, and distribute juice and cider to people in need. Not only are they removing bear attractants from residential areas and raising awareness, but healthy, locally-grown food helps out people in need.

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