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.”

Letter to the Editor: Fruit Share Then & Now

Got your own Fruit Share story to share? Email your letter to us so we can publish it for you!

 

Dear Fruit Share Members,

In Spring 2010, with the help of a few friends and family, Fruit Share began rescuing surplus fruit growing in backyards in South Osborne. By the end of the summer, my phone was ringing non-stop. It was clear that Winnipeg loved the idea of rescuing and sharing fruit. It was also clear that I would not be able to manage the volume of calls on my own on my home phone.

The first Fruit Share Post May 2010

The first post on Fruit Share’s first blog – May 2010.

Super Berry! Five Reasons to Celebrate the Strawberry

Strawberries are more than just a sweet and tasty fruit. With strawberry season underway, consider adding these nutritious berries to your daily diet to reap all the health benefits:

 

1. Antioxidants

Strawberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyphenols. Antioxidants are said to be protective against several diseases, including cancer and stroke. Polyphenols in particular help protect and repair cells in the body. Research has also shown that eating strawberries may play a role in lowering the risk of heart disease, specifically reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. Eat up!

summer fruit

 

2. Vitamin C

2014 Season is ready to roll…

I LOVE Fruit Share.b & w apple

If you agree, read on.

Fruit Share has rescued and shared over 30,000 lbs of fruit in our first 4 years. Our strong start and ‘free’ programming were due to the generous financial support from The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance, United Way and Assiniboine Credit Union.

This funding won’t last forever. We know you agree Fruit Share should continue!

 

That’s why we need you to become a Fruit Share member for just $10. * **

 

Why become a member?

  • To register your fruit
  • To register as a volunteer picker
  • You value the work that Fruit Share does
  • You hate seeing delicious fruit going to waste