It was over five thousand years ago when mankind first dabbled into the art of cultivating fruit. Slowly but surely, fruit farmers around the world have tinkered away at what was once simply a mechanism of seed dispersal. Through artificial selection, the biggest, brightest and sweetest crops have risen into prominence. Seeing the disparity between modern breeds and their wild relatives makes me wonder what I’m actually eating. More importantly, is it healthy for us to be tampering with our natural sources of sustenance. Continue reading
Category Archives: Food Security
no, this is not a locally grown apple. a little too perfect for that. but there are lots of apples grown right in vancouver, in our own backyards. do you have an apple tree? or another fruit bearing tree? does the amount of apples growing on your tree overwhelm you when its time to harvest? does some of the fruit end up falling on your yard, rotting & attracting unwanted pests?
solution! Vancouver Fruit Tree Project brings groups of volunteers together to pick fruit from your tree, and then the fruit gets redistributed in the community to those who need it, like daycares, community centres, etc.if you are the owner of a fruit tree in your backyard (or front yard), contact us and let’s work together!(joey is a new blogger with the vancouver fruit tree project society. like a good vancouver resident, she really loves food & coffee. she works at a local restaurant, & she also photographs & writes her own random little food blog. recently, she’s become increasingly interested in the topic of food security. she wanted to know more, & she wanted to know how she could be involved in her community. in her research, she stumbled upon the vancouver fruit tree project last month & really liked how they care about food, people, the environment, and about waste (or not wasting), among other things.)
Welcome new blogger, William Kwan. William is a teenager currently attending David Thompson Secondary. He likes to write in his spare time and is passionate about helping the environment.
It’s kind of scary how the once sacrosanct ritual of the home-cooked family meal is quickly becoming a thing of the past. As our consumer-driven society indulges increasingly on microwave dinners and fast food orders, our innate connection to the environment diminishes because we no longer have the need for fresh, locally grown produce. What’s special about the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society is that it not only fills empty stomachs with much-needed nutrition, but also carries on the age-old tradition of organic eating. I fear for the day when being able to prepare delicious meals from natural and healthy ingredients is a rare privilege. Continue reading
The 10th Fruit Tree Project Season
This is the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project’s first e-newsletter! We send information about Fruit Tree Project volunteer opportunities, projects, and events.To sign up, use the form on the right hand sidebar.
Here are some ways to join us:
Volunteering for picking fruit: If you’re new this year, to be contacted for fruit picking email firstname.lastname@example.org with “pick list” in the subject line.
AGM! We’re holding our annual Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 16th. Details to follow. Call for nominations- if you’d like to join the Board as a member at large and help the project grow strong, call Erin to see how you can get involved on this level: 604-8872-5591.
Outreach event: Would you like to table at the Stone Soup Festival at Britannia Community Centre Sat. May 7th for 2 hours between 12-5pm? Email email@example.com to sign up.
Bike trailer workshop –Thanks to the generous Vancouver Cargo Bike Collective, we’re able to make pedal powered deliveries this year. Learn to ride with the trailer: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slow Fruit Cycle Event: Imagine a slow, group bike ride to show off the Fruit Tree Project’s harvest and build support! Volunteers wanted to assist in planning/organization of a slow fruit cycle in late July or early August, email email@example.com.
Volunteer Opportunities: more volunteer opportunities on our website, including Board member positions, bloggers, social media, drivers….
New faces and ideas are always welcome. Drop us an email, or come to the next meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times.
we’ll be hiring…
We’ll be hiring a part-time Coordinator this season. If you enjoy volunteer coordination, have good communication skills, are organized, and have a 3-year driving record (so you can book Car Coop vehicles), watch the website at www.vancouverfruittree.com and Facebook for updates..