Okanagan Fruit Tree Project

Finding a win win situation is always a good idea but rarely have I seen an idea that creates a triple win. 
Folks today I'm going to introduce you to what is perhaps the best idea I've came across in years. Its called the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and here is how it works
Win #1: They find a way to use the fruit from fruit tree's that woudn't otherwise be harvested.
Win #2 They do this through a volunteer network. The volunteers sign up with the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and in return for helping pick the fruit they get to keep a bag or two of fresh fruit.
Win #3 The remainder of the fruit is then given to one of the charity partners in the community who now get the gift of fresh fruit that they can in turn provide to their clients. 
They are actually in the midst of taking the plan one step further and having the clients of the various charities join the volunteer program - you can see why I love this project so much. 
The fruit being picked goes to over 20 great causes such as the Kelowna Food Bank, Inn from the Cold, Metro, and many more.
I sat down with the President and Founder of the project, Casey Hamilton, recently to hear more about this intriguing community project.



Find out more about the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OkanaganFruitTreeProject 
This past weekend also saw the launch of a fun new theatrical production "Pirates in the Park", a collaboration between Festivals Kelowna and Bumbershoot Theatre. Below is a quick interview with the Artistic Director of that project. If your interested in seeing the show it happens two more times this summer at the following parks:
August 10th, City Park, 1pm
August 21st, Gerstmar Park, 7pm
For more live music this week check out our list of all the live music happening in Kelowna and West Kelowna this weekend
(Provided by Jason Lane from www.laner.ca)

Friday, July 31st, 2014 venue
Circus in Flames Minstrel Cafe
Cod Gone Wild Music in the Park, West Kelowna
Duelling Pianos Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Joanna Olson Marmalade Cat Cafe
Live Jazz Vintner’s Poolside Grill
My Kind of Karma Grateful Fed
RnB / Funk Theme Weekend Parks Alive, Kerry Park
Snake River Fernandos Pub
The Goods The Blue Gator
Toni Dizon O’Flannigans Pub
Tony Bennett

Misson Hill

Saturday, Aug. 1st, 2014 venue
Duelling Pianos Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Ellen Doty Trio Minstrel Cafe
Gail & Karl Hourigan, Steve Stairs Lake Country, Various parks
Jeff Piattelli Turtle Bay Pub
Live Music Neighbors Pub
RnB / Funk Theme Weekend Parks Alive, Kerry Park
Sandy McAfee Vibrant Vine Winery
Slam Dogs Riley's Pub
The Goods The Blue Gator
Toni Dizon O’Flannigans Pub
Tony Bennett Misson Hill
Wild Son Doc Willoughby’s Pub

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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