Hi Food Peeps,
I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in starting something like Toronto's Not Far from the Tree, or Edmonton's Operation Fruit Rescue? Basically the idea is volunteers pick excess/unwanted fruit from donor's yards, they keep 1/3 of what's harvested, 1/3 goes to the homeowner (if they want it), and 1/3 goes to a charitable organization like a food bank, soup kitchen, lunch program...
I recently moved to Ottawa and as far as I can tell, there's no similar organization to collect excess fruit growing in people's yards here.
With this year's harvest season coming to a close, I feel like now would be a good time to get organizing for a Ottawa Fruit Gleaning pilot project for next year. It would just take a handful of us to get this going. I live in the East end of Ottawa near Blackburn Hamlet. Contact me if you're interested in starting something.
I am organizing a treenut harvest for this fall 2012, whereby team(s) gather fallen edible treenuts such a gingko, black walnut, acorns, butternut, etc. Is this partly waht you had in mind? I would like to work with groups gleaning soft fruits. Can we work together on the this?
I could not make the meeting but would love to be apart of this great idea. If you need moe help please send me a message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Lau said:
A reminder to all interested in Ottawa urban fruit/nut crop harvesting from selected trees, I am organizing a workshop for late April to help plan a harvest for 2012, at http://www.doodle.com/5y9ywdpaxbnfwdh5.
Its free, everyone welcome, but I need a place to meet somewhere convenient downtown.