8 Things To Do With Cherries That Aren’t Cherry Pie

It’s official! Cherry season is here. With our first cherry pick scheduled for today, I thought I’d share my next collection of Things To Do With Fruit. Unlike rhubarb, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of non-food things to do with cherries, but that’s okay – half the time when I have cherries, they […] READ MORE

Ten Things To Do With Rhubarb That Aren’t Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Despite living in a high-rise, I find myself faced with a glut of rhubarb. That’s because my mom, who lives in the country, has been faced with a bigger crop of the stuff, and gave me twice as much as I expected when I asked her for some. I’m pretty sure we had at least […] READ MORE

Getting Foxy with Greenmoxie

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nikki Fotheringham, a green living writer and founder of greenmoxie.com – a lifestyle blog for everything green. We chatted about the unique twist of blog, the easy changes for a sustainable life and her hot off the presses guide: Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living. Colleen: What volunteer work are you doing […] READ MORE

Warning Pests: No Trespassing

As many an apartment dweller, block party planner or park user knows you don’t always have control over who ends up beside you. The same goes for our gardens. We invite the pollinators to the fiesta but with that come many pests that will eat or damage your home crop before you get a taste […] READ MORE

Natural Dyeing: Mulberries

Editor’s Note: Mulberry season will be here within a month or so! Here is a post to get you ready for berry season. Not Far From The Tree fruit picks can be invigorating experiences. I frequently daydream about processing the fruit into jars and jars of jam and syrup while I am picking it. Sometimes […] READ MORE

Foxy with Greenmoxie

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nikki Fotheringham, a Not Far From The Tree volunteer, green living writer and founder of greenmoxie.com – a lifestyle blog for everything green. We chatted about the unique twist of her blog, cultural differences for a sustainable life and her hot off the presses guide: Greenmoxie’s Guide to […] READ MORE

Capturing What Inspires You with Black Walnut Ink

I think I have a new favourite tree to pick. Though these trees are amongst the largest in the city they are the easiest to pick. In October the black walnut tree drops its nuts all around the base of the tree, and as long as you beat the squirrels to them you can easily […] READ MORE

Sun drying made easy

It happens pretty regularly that after a pick with Not Far From The Tree you wind up with more fruit than you are capable of eating fresh. This is where preserving comes in handy, making jams, chutneys, and preserving whole fruit in syrup. This allows us to enjoy the non storage fruits of summer all […] READ MORE

An elderberry adventure to dye for

[Thanks so much to Supreme Gleaner Rebecca Dehmassi for sharing this story. If you have a story to share about your fruit picking adventures, by all means send it along to info@notfarfromthetree.org.] We all know about the delicious fruits that Not Far From the Tree volunteers have been harvesting from our urban forest, but did […] READ MORE