2017 Year in Review
A Bountiful Harvest
This 2017 fruit season, our dedicated picking team harvested 15 kinds of fruit! The final tally is in and we harvested 12,159 pounds of fruit, a third of which was shared with our 35 partner agencies. Picking highlights from the year included:
- The joyous return of apricots after none in 2016!
- Picking over 188 pounds of quince; one of our highest yields ever of this rare fruit!
- Harvesting 300 pounds of gingko from one tree alone!
We are so grateful to our hardworking Supreme Gleaners, fruit pickers, and our tree registrants for making all 252 fruit picks possible. A special shout out to Supreme Gleaner Melissa who led 48 picks (wow!!).
This season Not Far From The Tree hit the road, delivering 10 cider pressing workshops at parks across the city and hosting 4 fruit tree care workshops. We wanted to encourage folks to make use of excess fruit and inspire people to take ownership of their fruit tree’s health to ensure our urban orchard is happy and healthy. Community programming highlights included:
- Pressing cider, rain or shine, with over 735 people including many smiling children!
- Practicing new pruning techniques during the summer pruning workshop and teaching 30 folks the hands-on skills required to really care for and maintain their trees. Now we have quite a few orchardists-in-the-making! Special thanks to experienced orchardist Susan Poizner of Orchard People who led all 4 of our workshops on fruit tree care.
- Meeting 23 cider lovers who became our unstoppable Cider Squad volunteer team! Many thanks to them for animating events across the city.
A sincere thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation who made this season’s fruit tree care and cider pressing workshops possible through their TD Common Ground Project.
Back in the summer, The Drake Commissary received a special delivery of crabapples specially picked by Not Far From The Tree’s own Megan Anevich and Kathy Sihavong. These crabapples were transformed into the perfect fall meal accompaniment — a spiced crabapple sauce, which is currently available for purchase online and at The Drake Commissary. Many thanks to The Drake for supporting NFFTT’s fruit picking and sharing program with a portion of the proceeds from the sale.
This fall, we’ve been sitting down with our partner agencies to discuss how we can better serve them and deepen our impact. So far we have learned how our fruit deliveries impact the communities our partner agencies serve and are brainstorming ideas of how we can deeper our engagement through programming. Look out for more workshops in 2018!
City Cider 2017
A big thank you to everyone that came out to City Cider on September 17! We had a beautiful day and raised over $12,000 for Not Far From The Tree! Special thanks to our sponsors Cohen and Master Tree Services, The Big Carrot, Fairmont Royal York, Edible Toronto, Kula Yoga and all the participating food and drink vendors. And another big thanks to all 85 City Cider volunteers that made the day possible.
We already can’t wait for next year! (Save the Date: Sunday, September 16th, 2018!)
Thank you to the generous foundations, individuals and organizations who continue to allow our fruit picking and sharing program to grow.
Marjorie and Joseph Wright Foundation
McLean Smits Family Foundation