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.

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.

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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.