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.

Four Years of Picking

Sometimes a pick is just a pick, sometimes it’s so much more.  A recent pick brought me back to 2010 when Fruit Share was just taking shape.

Mrs. O is one of the original homeowners that called me to pick her Goodland apples in 2010. She was 80 and couldn’t pick or use all of her gorgeous apples. Given to her by her sons on Mother’s Day years ago, she was eager to see the apples from her special tree go to good use.  Her story inspired part of  my TEDX talk on Sharing Our Surplus

Share Seeds – Spread the Love!

The following is a message from Jeff Shwaluk. If you would like to help him with his mission, contact him at rrcaccount@hotmail.com.

Hello, I own a couple of properties and currently only have raspberries that I transplanted from my hometown farm. I planted them at the front fence for everybody walking by to help themselves.

They all love them so much but they spread so slowly and I was hoping to expand into a wide variety of non-GMO local fruits. I could plant them at edge of properties where people in need could help themselves.

Interview with Dayna Kroeker, Summer Coordinator

I had the opportunity to interview Dayna Kroeker, Summer Coordinator for Fruit Share a few weeks back. Here is a glimpse into her role and what she brings to Fruit Share.


How did you hear about Fruit Share and what inspired you to get involved?

I heard about Fruit Share through a friend right when it was starting up in 2010. I picked rhubarb and apples that summer and loved being able to pick free fresh, local fruit that otherwise would have gone to waste!

Tell us about your role as Summer Coordinator.

Spotlight on Fruit Share Steinbach

Steinbach is a growing city, with a thriving surrounding community. What better a place to root another Fruit Share chapter! This is exactly what Rebecca Hiebert did in 2012, and Fruit Share Steinbach has been gaining recognition in the area ever since. I had the opportunity to speak with Rebecca this past week to learn about the exciting events happening this season.




…Events Coming Soon…

Summer in the City (June 14 & 15) 

Look for the Fruit Share booth and stop by to get some great information and try a few tasty treats!

Pick & Preserve Events at Anna’s House & Steinbach 55+

Pick fruit and learn how to preserve it safely. Coming this summer! Stay tuned for dates.

Happenings at Fruit Share Brandon

What a busy season ahead for Fruit Share Brandon! While the chapter is relatively new to the area, there has been terrific progress in spreading the word via local and social media. I had the opportunity to connect with Tanis Brown-Birch from Fruit Share Brandon this week about happenings this summer.


  • Announcement in the Brandon Sun (May 15th)
  • Radio interview on Bill Turner’s Feedback CKLQ 880 (May 27th)
  • Interview with the Westman Journal (June 7th)

Social Media Info:

By the Numbers…

  • Volunteers: 27 have signed up in the city of Brandon to date

WANTED – Rhubarb!

Reward? A tasty treat that can be used in jams, pies, cakes, crisps, and so much more!

Rhubarb is known as a cool season perennial plant that can survive the harsh Manitoba winters. Even with our late spring, rhubarb will soon be ready for picking, likely by the end of the month.


Keep an eye out for unharvested rhubarb in the coming weeks. If you spot unharvested rhubarb, why not knock on the door and see if the owner will allow you to pick a few stalks? Or, drop a Got Fruit? note in the mailbox to encourage them to sign up their rhubarb with Fruit Share. We have volunteers ready and eager to pick!

Sharing the Fruit

A very important part of Fruit Share is making sure that as many people as possible benefit from the fruit (and vegetables!) that we harvest. This year, we donated fruit to 19 Winnipeg-based organizations:

Action Margeurite St. Vital
Agape Table
Behavioral Health Foundation
Ecole Henri Bergeron
Fisher Bay Bible Camp
Forward House
Fred Tipping Place
Lions Personal Care Centre
Main Street Mission
Mother Therese
North End Food Security Network
Oak Table
Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY)
Salvation Army
Siloam Mission
Sisters of Charity Soup Kitchen
Union Gospel Mission
Westgrove Children’s Centre
Winnipeg Harvest

The above are a list of the official organizations we donated to – but we also shared the fruit among friends, family and neighbours who would not otherwise have had access to fresh, local and (mostly) organic produce. It was a pleasure to share fruit with everyone!

A successful harvesting season

Thank you very much to everyone who came out to Fruit Share’s 2011 Grand Finale yesterday afternoon – we had a lot of fun building cider presses, enjoying a tasty potluck and getting to know other volunteer fruit pickers.

prairie fruitWe also made an exciting announcement yesterday: not only did we succeed in meeting our goal of rescuing 7,000 lbs of fruit, we actually surpassed that goal! In fact, the grand total of all of our harvests this year resulted in…

7,386 lbs of fruit!

Thank you everyone so much for your participation and contributions – we couldn’t have done any of this without your support and your willingness to take part in rescuing fruit and distributing it to others in the community. Congratulations on a very successful year!

Recent Fruit Share harvests

Right now we’re in a bit of a lull before apple season really begins in August, but we’ve still been having a few great harvests.

farmhouse with currants

In the past couple weeks, our harvests included:

– 14 lbs rhubarb between two locations in River Heights.

– 10 lbs rhubarb at one location in the North End.

– 5 lbs bok choy at one location in the North End.

– Two 4-litre buckets red currants at one location in Crestview.

Winnipeg rhubarb

After a 10-lbs rhubarb harvest.

Everything was composted on-site and the Union Gospel Mission, Lions Personal Care Centre, Siloam Mission, North End Food Security Network and welfare clients all benefited from our harvests. Thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work!

Fresh red currants

Last week we had a great harvest of two 4-litre buckets of red currants.

Winnipeg fruit

By the end of the harvest, all buckets were full of lovely red currants.

It took our dedicated volunteers nearly two hours to pick all of the currants! One of the volunteers, a social worker, brought one third of the fruit back for her clients. Thank you to our volunteers and to the homeowner for their hard work and contributions.

Winnipeg currants

The empty bush after all the currants were picked.