Thank You United Way!

Remember last summer?  I know, it’s hard to think of those hot sunny days  when the snow is 15 feet deep (maybe I’m exaggerating a bit!).  Think back to all that fruit that was available for picking.  Think back to the chaos surrounding the scheduling of those harvests.  It was nasty – we know and we’re sorry.  Together, we did the best we could and we survived.  Actually, we did more than survive – we rescued and shared over 10,000 lbs of fruit.  We did awesome.

Now imagine doing all that good work and not getting frustrated in the process!  Imagine a harvest management system that works and makes registering, scheduling, confirming and reporting on  harvests super easy, consistent and reliable.  Wouldn’t it be a dream.  Well, thanks to the support of the United Way Winnipeg’s Organizational Development Fund, our dream is about to come true!

Winter Work

The fruit trees may be dormant for the winter, but we’re not!

Behind the scenes there’s a flurry of activity going on.  We’re working on funding for next year, improved systems, figuring out what to do with all those crab apples and brainstorming how to help other communities rescue their fruit.  Lucky for us, we have some great organizations helping.

Thanks to a group of students from the Entrepreneurship Practicum course at Red River College we’re conducting a survey of how things went last summer which will feed into improvements for next year.  They’ll also do some research to help us become more financially sustainable.

Thanks to the United Way and the Handshake’s Goodwork event we’re working on a volunteer recruitment campaign to help us recruit more pickers next summer.