Harvesting fruit & veggies to feed others
Oct 11, 2013 / 6:21 am
Extra veggies in your garden? No problem!
Volunteers from the Central Okanagan Fruit Tree Project are happy to harvest your unwanted vegetables. Then they will donate them to local organizations that serve clients in need.
Although the non-profit group typically picks fruit, it’s reaching out to anyone with extra vegetables to help reduce waste and get nutritious food to people who are hungry.
“A lot of garden produce is needlessly going to waste at this time of year because people don’t have the time or ability to harvest or store it,” says project spokesperson Julie Kellet. “So we decided, for the first time, to harvest vegetables as well as fruit.”
“Our volunteers are happy to come out and pick whatever you can’t use – whether it’s a small backyard plot or a larger market garden – and we’ll go anywhere from Peachland to Oyama.”
Some 100 volunteers this season picked almost 11,000 pounds of fruit – including cherries, apricots, plums, apples, and grapes – that would otherwise have gone to waste.
It was donated to the Kelowna Food Bank, the Gospel Mission, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre, the Boys and Girls Club and other charitable groups. They distributed the fruit to seniors, children and families, and individuals in need, either directly or through educational and recreational programs.
The project, an initiative of the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council, a group of citizens concerned about food security, was started in 2012 by several volunteers who realized too much of the Valley’s abundant produce goes unused.
Last year, the project picked 5,000 pounds of backyard fruit throughout the Central Okanagan.
To arrange for volunteers to harvest your garden, please contact the project coordinator, Ailsa, at 778-214-5664 or [email protected]
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