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.”

From Australia to Winnipeg – by Pascale R

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There’s a scary and growing trend where we consume and discard fruit and vegetables without a second thought to it. It’s so easily accessible to us, in grocery stores, in markets, at restaurants, that tossing it out is never a concern because we can easily replace it. This leads to a lot of wastage. How much is a lot? In Canada alone it’s 2.5 billion alone in fresh produce.

When I moved to Canada from Australia a couple of years ago, I wanted to get involved in the community and be part of a sustainable project. Our fresh produce wastage numbers are scary, but that’s nothing compared to the wastage that’s occurring in our own backyards without us even realizing it.

Steinbach Update – by Rebecca H

We are having an exciting second year! We have over 70 volunteers, almost 30 homeowners and have rescued over 2000 lbs of fruit! We are building some strong partnerships with community organizations such as Steinbach 55+ and Anna’s House, sharing kitchen space to teach jam and apple sauce workshops. It has been wonderful to get Fruit Share Steinbach into the local media, we have been featured on Mix96.6, SteinbachOnline.com, in the local newspaper, the Carillon, we have a regular ad on the Lawn and Garden Journal and we have been featured in the Manitoba Cooperator.
It has been amazing connecting with so many volunteers who want to come out and rescue fruit and I love talking to homeowners who are so relieved to hear that someone will enjoy the fruit that they cannot. Dropping fruit off at shelters and food banks is so gratifying, knowing that we are sharing vitamin packed, fresh local fruit with others. Fruit Share is really making a difference here in Steinbach!