Welcome to Fruit Share!
Fruit Share is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to picking, sharing and enjoying fresh fruit growing in backyards throughout Manitoba.
Check us out on Shaw TV!
How Does It Work?
While minimizing food waste is a major goal of the project, Fruit Share is also about fostering a sense of community and being conscientious about sustainable, local food systems. In short our goals are to:
- minimize food waste
- foster a strong sense of community
- promote local food production
- share resources
- share knowledge of food preservation and preparation
- share knowledge of fruit tree maintenance
How did Fruit Share get Started?
Fruit Share started out of a love of fruit and dismay at seeing fresh, local fruit rotting on trees or waiting to be tossed out with the garbage. The inspiration to create Fruit Share came to Getty Stewart after she read an article about volunteer fruit rescuing operations in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria.
In the spring of 2010, Getty started Fruit Share in her South Osborne neighbourhood. That first summer, 10 volunteers harvested over 1,600 pounds of fruit at 20 picks and calls started to come in from all over Winnipeg. By their second year, Fruit Share grew to a stunning 201 volunteers harvesting over 7,300 pounds of fruit from 153 registered fruit owners.
Watch Getty tell the story of Fruit Share at TEDxManitoba, February 2012.
Changes in 2015
Since its beginning in 2010, Fruit Share has been managed by a remarkable team of volunteers who love rescuing and sharing fruit. Our passion for all things fruit drove us to grow Fruit Share. Along the way we’ve worked with and had great support from organizations like Sustainable South Osborne,CCEDNet, Food Matters and funders like the Winnipeg Foundation, Assiniboine Credit Union, the United Way and the Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance.
Our piecemeal approach worked to get us to where we are today. We are a strong, vibrant group that together with our sister groups across Manitoba have rescued over 60,000lbs of fruit in just 5years. WOW!!In fact, we’ve had such remarkable growth that it’s become difficult for us fruit loving volunteers to manage all the administration and bookkeeping tasks associated with our organization. And so, after months of brainstorming, planning and talks with several organizations, we chose to become a program of the Manitoba Association of Home Economists. Read more about MAHE.
How is Fruit Share Funded?
Fruit Share is primarily fueled by volunteers. We have been fortunate to receive funding from some great partners and funders that believe in our efforts and want to help us get a solid start.
We are grateful for all our funder and partner support. We couldn’t do it without them!