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.
Pick 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!
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!!!
Co-op Radio invited us to take over the airwaves as part of their Make a Better World segment.
Shannon, from the Project’s board, went down and rocked out with some Fruit Themed songs.
Check it out: Co-op Radio
We did an amazing 71 picks this season! And new updated numbers for pounds of fruit donated to our community partners is 4981lbs! What a great season!
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us out this year…we could not have done it without all our amazing and dedicated pick leaders and volunteers!
As well, thank you to all the tree owners who let us in their backyards to pick their wonderful fruit, and to our amazing: workshop leaders (Darlene Tanaka and Richard Hallman), Caro our Coordinator, pruning expert Todd Barisky, and other supporters!
We’re taking a break for the winter now, but see you in 2015!
Contact [email protected] with any questions 🙂