Fruit Share Receives Manitoba Sustainability Award

Congratulations Fruit Share volunteers and fruit owners on earning a Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award!

Fruit Share Sustainability Award 2013

Fruit Share Advisory Team Members Laura Rawluk, Katie Anderson and Getty Stewart accept award from Minister Gord Mackintosh. Source Tracey Goncalves, Government of Manitoba Photographer.

The Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards are given out each year to recognize Manitobans who embrace the spirit and principles of sustainable development. Fruit Share earned it’s award for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship, one of seven award categories.

During the nomination process, we received several amazing letters of support from organizations that we greatly admire. I wanted to share some of their words with you today, so that you get a sense of how much your work as a Fruit Share volunteer or fruit owner is appreciated.

What’s the Buzz about Fruit Share?

Welcome to new friends and familiar ones! We are looking forward to the 2014 season ahead. In the meantime, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share more information about the organization and what we are about.

 

The Back Story

The revolution began in the spring of 2010. Frustrated with fresh, local, nutritious fruit going to waste, and the desire to help others, Getty Stewart started Fruit Share in her South Osborne neighborhood. The inspiration to create Fruit Share came to Getty after reading an article about volunteer fruit rescuing operations in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria. During the 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 the second year, Fruit Share grew to a stunning 201 volunteers harvesting over 7,300 pounds of fruit from 153 registered fruit owners.

Volunteer Opportunities With Fruit Share

Volunteer Opportunities with Fruit Share

Have some brilliant ideas for Fruit Share?  Want to help out and get connected beyond the occasional fruit pick?  We sure could use your help.  Whether you want to join the Advisory Team and help plan the year ahead, be a writer on our blog, lead fruit cooking/baking/preserving workshops, write funding proposals, plan fundraisers, take minutes at meetings or be a volunteer coordinator I’m sure we can put your talents to good work.  Send us an email at info@fruitshare.ca and let’s talk.