Author Archives: Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society

Pick Leader All-Star: Carillon Kinley

Pick Leaders are indispensable at VFTP, and we are so grateful for the time that they contribute. We decided to showcase some of the awesome Pick Leader volunteers that keep VFTP running in a special spotlight series. Read more about their experiences over the coming weeks and find out why they love being a Pick Leader!

Pick Leader All-Star: Carillon Kinley

Having grown up in northern Alberta, when Carillon moved to BC and discovered the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, she was drawn to the idea and the chance to be outdoors. She began volunteering as a picker and outreach volunteer shortly after the society was created in 1999 and has now been a Pick Leader for over 10 years.

“I love getting outside in summer and fall and enjoying the great weather,” Carillon explains, “especially after a day in the office”. She also loves getting to taste and take home fruit at its peak ripeness, especially novel varieties that she doesn’t always come across.

Being a Pick Leader has given Carillon the opportunity to learn and strengthen many different skills, from supervisory experience to positive people management skills, as well as group facilitation skills such as engaging volunteers in conversation. She believes that many people choose to volunteer because they want to be a part of a community, and “sometimes you have to [actively] create the community”, she explains.

Carillon enjoys being a Pick Leader because it “allows more flexibility and opportunity in determining the picks you do. You also really become part of the project and the values of the project; you become part of a community.” Outside of being a Pick Leader, Carillon enjoys cross-country skiing and taking weekend trips in and around beautiful BC.

2017 Season Kick Off Party!

Our 2017 Season is about to get started, come out and meet the other members of our great Community and have some Pizza!

We will be meeting at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread in Kits – 1876 West 1st Ave – on May 30th, starting at 6:30PM

We will be fundraising with a Silent Auction, there will be prizes and Storytelling.

Please RSVP here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Pick Leader Spotlight: Cindy Kaji


IMG_20150820_121915358Pick leaders form the very core of our organization; without them, there would be no harvests! Cindy Kaji is one of our most all-star pick leaders from the 2015 season. She led 15 picks and harvested over 1650 lbs of fruit to share with the community! During this particular grape pick, Cindy and her crew worked for over 4 hours to harvest almost 250 lbs of grapes! Her dedication. enthusiasm and professionalism make her a huge asset to our organization and we deeply appreciate her contributions. Thank you Cindy! If harvesting and sharing delicious, backyard fruits sounds like your kind of jam, then please consider joining our 2016 Pick Leader team! Learn more here and be sure to apply today!

VFTP Food Waste Talk – BIL:Vancouver

Happy Winter VFTP Community!! Some exciting news…

Shannon Lambie, VFTP Board Member, will draw on her experience at VFTP, the UBC Farm, UBC Sustainability, her own farming experience…and more, to give an engaging and informative talk at BIL:Vancouver.

Title – Food Waste: It’s hard to swallow

Location – Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, BC

Time – 2:40pm this Sunday Feb 21/2016

Cost – Free (By Donation)

Topic – In this eye opening talk, Shannon Lambie will dig into the shocking reality of food waste in Canada. As a member of the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, Shannon will explore how food waste impacts community food security and will offer tangible solutions for change. Discover how sharing backyard fruit can build community and contribute to neighbourhood food resiliency.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!


Learn to Prune with the VFTP!

HallmanThe VFTP is pleased to announce our first workshop of the year, a late-winter pruning workshop with seasoned arborist Richard Hallman. January – early April is an ideal time for dormant pruning work, so join us Sunday, March 6th, 2 – 4pm and learn how to prune and care for your own apple and pear trees during this window of opportunity! Held in the garden of one of our very own tree owners (complete with apple, pear, plum and cherry trees!), you will learn:

– To read the condition of your trees
– To estimate the amount of fruit produced in past years and potential yield this year
– How apple and pear trees grow and how they react to pruning and training
– A step by step process that you can follow when pruning your own trees, a great way to overcome the fear of pruning.
– Techniques and tricks you can use to improve the amount and quality of the fruit they produce in years to come

Your trees will certainly applereciate your new pruning knowledge, as you help pearfect their production this year, so be sure to register today for the March 6th Pruning Workshop!