The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society is seeking board members for our 2016/2017 season, the 17th year of the project. We are looking for individuals passionate about urban agriculture, food security and/or community building to sit on our Board.
At our next AGM, in April, we will be holding elections for four new directors, the position is for a two year term of office. The VFTP holds general monthly meetings, and director attendance is expected. There are no formal requirements for being a director, but we are looking for individuals with an interest and/or experience in areas such as:
- Communications (including social media and web content)
- Public Relations
- Volunteer Management
- Social Enterprise
Check out our posting on GoodWork or contact Clint at: [email protected] for more information about the project and opportunities with the VFTP. We look forward to hearing from you and to another season of sharing the harvest with the Vancouver community!
We’re always excited when the VFTP is profiled in local media, as we were in the Vancouver Sun back in July, when Randy Shore investigated “What to Do With Your Excess Garden Bounty”. For those of you who speak French, you can also listen to Rosalind share the Fruit Tree Project story on Radio-Canada. And for those of you interested in learning about other food recovery initiatives around the world, be sure to check out this article in The Guardian!
Curious to learn about what the VFTP has been up to this season? Craving all the news from the grapevine? Whether it was harvesting almost 250 lbs of grapes from one household (pictured above) or gleaning hundreds of pounds of apples from public trees, welcoming dozens of new volunteers or crafting fruit jellies with our community partners, it has certainly been a bountiful season! Be sure to check out the Summer 2015 newsletter here.
The 2012 fruit-picking season is winding up, and we are inviting you to help us celebrate this year’s successes. Please join us at our season wrap-up party on Sunday, November 4. It will be a great chance to meet people involved with the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, learn more about our work – and eat some delicious desserts!
What: The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project’s season wrap-up party and dessert potluck (with prizes for best homemade desserts). Light snacks and finger food provided.
When: Sunday, November 4, 6 to 9 pm.
Where: Canucks Family Education Centre – 2nd floor of Eastside Family Place, 1655 William Street.
Who: You and anyone else you want to bring along. All ages welcome.
What to bring (optional): A homemade fruit dessert to share and enter in the contest.
RSVPs: Send RSVPs to [email protected]
More info: https://vancouverfruittree.com
Remember, don’t worry if you can’t bring along a homemade dessert – you are still welcome and we’d love to see you. For those who do bring a dessert, we’ll be awarding prizes for the best treats in categories such as The Berry Best (for best use of berries) and The Vancity (for best use of local fruit). Judging will be people’s choice. Please be aware that our venue doesn’t have a kitchen, so your treats need to be ready to eat. To make things easier for people with food sensitivities, please bring along a general list of ingredients.
We look forward to seeing you and feasting together.
Picking fruit is not all the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project is up to these days!
In the spirit of cooperation, and to diversify our funding sources, we have teamed up with the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) and two local businesses – Savoury City Catering and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) – to create a small social enterprise called Treehouse Treats in the hopes of generating alternative revenue sources for our organization while finding tangible solutions for growing our local food supply.
Treehouse Treats takes a portion of our locally picked fruit and bakes it into fabulous pies or galettes that we have been selling at our local farmer’s markets. As the project grows, the revenue generated will be split between The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project and The Environmental Youth Alliance to finance ongoing projects.
Diversifying our funding sources is our commitment to building a viable long term Fruit Tree Project while at the same time supporting youth leadership and skill-building in the area of value-added food recovery.
Two amazing and very hard working EYA youth, Weslley Loke and Betty Sung, have been leading the project who with the help of Fruit Tree volunteers. For the past year, they have been developing recipes, baking the galettes, and selling them at the Westside Community Food Market, the Trout Lake Farmers Market, and the Winter Market.
None of this could happen without the generous support of our business partners, Savoury City Catering and SPUD, who have provided us valuable kitchen space, mentorship, and fruit donations in the off-season, which allows us to keep the project going year-round.
- Where: Westside Community Food Market at 8th Avenue and Vine Street
- When: Thursday evenings, specifically August 23, September 6, and September 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Be sure to stop in and pay us a visit! Treehouse Treats galettes are the kind of treat you can really feel good about. A stop on the way home for a bit of ice cream can’t hurt either.