Guide to Backyard Fruit – Harvesting Options – What to do and who to call if you can’t harvest your fruit.

Progress on the Guide to Backyard Fruit is coming along nicely.  I’m currently working on the “Harvesting Options” section.  In this chapter, I’d like to list as many options and ideas for homeowners who are unable to harvest their own fruit as possible.  The goal is to have fruit being used not wasted.

What ideas would you suggest for this chapter of the Guide?

Here’s what I’ve got so far…

Harvesting Options 

If you are unable to harvest your fruit yourself, for whatever reason, here are some options to consider:
  • Register your fruit with Fruit Share to come harvest your fruit for you.  Fruit Share will send a team of volunteers who will pick your fruit and then split it three ways 1/3 stays with you (if you’d like), 1/3 is split between the volunteers and 1/3 is shared with community food charities.  

More Rhubarb

Thanks to Chris, the fruit owner and Kelly, the volunteer picker, we had another rhubarb harvest today.  Both were to shy for a photo, so here I am with another bunch to share!

Our First Fruit Sharing

And so it begins.

On a cloudy May long weekend, a desperate plea from a friend and neighbour about rhubarb launched Fruit Share into action.
It was a small harvest of 1.5kg or 3lbs of rhubarb.  It required only one volunteer travelling by bicycle to harvest, but it was and always will be our first harvest!
True to form, Fruit Share split the fruit three ways.  The  homeowner asked for her 1/3 to be left standing in the rhubarb patch.  The remainder was split 50/50 between the volunteer and an unknown senior living at Fred Tipping Place (a senior’s apartment building on South Osborne).  
Yes, it was a small bundle that we shared.  But it was just the right size to get a huge grin and a big thank you from a lovely gentleman who enjoys making rhubarb crisp.  That little batch was all he needed.
Thanks to Julie for sharing her bounty and making three families very happy on a cloudy May long weekend.  

Fruit Share Opens

Fruit Share is dedicated to picking, sharing and enjoying fresh fruit growing in backyards throughout Winnipeg, Manitoba. We connect fruit owners with volunteer fruit pickers to make good use of all that delicious, nutritious local fruit. Fruit owners make their fruit available for picking, volunteers pick the fruit and then the fruit is shared three ways – 1/3 to the homeowner, 1/3 to the volunteers and 1/3 to community organizations that can use the fruit (eg. Winnipeg Harvest, Agape Table, etc.). Everyone benefits!

The idea is based on similar models in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. The South Osborne Urban Community Cooperative is leading the start up of this project in two Winnipeg communities – Riverview and Lord Roberts.

Are you interested in participating? Do you have fruit that needs picking? Would you like to be a volunteer fruit picker? Are you part of a community organization that could make good use of local fruit? If so, let us know by sending an email to urban.community.cooperative@gmail.com.

By: Getty Stewart