Plans for Fruit Share 2011

It is an exciting time for Fruit Share Winnipeg.  More fruit, more volunteers, more sharing are on the way for 2011!

As a result of meetings and discussions with people throughout the city, I’ve written several proposals to several funding sources to help coordinate the expansion of Fruit Share into 6 neighbourhoods that have expressed an interest.  Of course, the nature of funding grants means we have to wait to hear what kind of funding we actually get.  But, even without funding, Fruit Share 2011 is poised to grow and pick a lot of fruit!

Here are our plans:

  • continue to operate in Riverview/Lord Roberts with the support of the South Osbourne Urban Community Cooperative

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