Volunteer Interview – Sagan Morrow

Sagan Morrow is a professional freelance editor and writer. She has been part of Fruit Share since she became its inaugural summer harvest coordinator in 2011 – before she had ever been on a pick! At the time, she was looking for work in project management for a non-profit, community-based group.

After her summer as coordinator, Sagan joined the Fruit Share Advisory Committee and was instrumental in those first years of growth. Time constraints forced her to step away for a couple of years, but now she is back as our Blog Manager.

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WANTED: Volunteer Event Organizers

Last year Fruit Share had its first annual pie fundraiser and fruit fair. Now it’s time to plan this year’s event – and we could use your help!

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For last year’s event we hand-made and sold over 200 apple and pumpkin pies, played games, served tea and coffee, and generally had a great time. Sure, making 200 pies in 3 days was a little intense – but we sure had a lot of laughs! We also raised necessary funds to enable us to keep rescuing that fruit.

Now, we’re well on our way to planning our second annual pie and fruit fair and want to give you the opportunity to join the planning team.

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A Typical Pick – What to Expect From Start to Finish

Even after all these years, I still get a little nervous when I get a confirmation of a pick. Of course I’m excited about the thought of fresh, free fruit, but not knowing the homeowner or any of the other volunteers who signed up is a little unnerving. Going to a stranger’s house to meet strangers to pick someone else’s fruit feels a little odd – doesn’t it?

But while it may feel awkward at first, this is different. This is about helping a neighbour, meeting new people, rescuing fruit, and sharing with others. This is about building community and doing a good thing. So go on, ring that doorbell.

Wait, are you supposed to ring the doorbell on a pick?

Volunteer Interview – Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon sits under a tree by the community centre in Wolseley. Her energetic young daughter, Anna, bounces about like the Energizer Bunny in an animé t-shirt. I try not to fangirl too much as she graciously signs my copy of her latest book of poetry, Stowaways.

Ariel is a dedicated Fruit Share volunteer. She says she has been to almost every kind of pick – grapes, chokecherries, cherries, pears, vegetables (“that was astounding and different. You know how cucumbers become all orange and bloated when they’re overripe? It’s so funny! There were these weird orange globes on the ground.”), and of course lots of apples (“and crab apples!” her daughter chimes in). On picks, Anna is in charge of collecting the fallen fruit. She loves doing that because “you get to run around a lot.”