Not Far From the Tree Celebrates a Milestone

The Not Far From the Tree team is berry excited to share with you that we celebrated a major milestone this week. Yesterday in the historic orchard at Spadina Museum, in the neighbourhood where we got started, a group of our volunteers and staff picked our 100,000th pound of fruit! Since 2008, Not Far From […] READ MORE

The Art of Healthy Food

You may have heard of SKETCH, a community arts initiative engaging homeless and marginalized youth in Toronto, but did you know that their programming extends to artwork of the edible variety? SKETCH’s Enviro-Culinary Arts Crew delivers empowering programming which includes healthy eating and nutrition awareness, urban gardening, food security and much more! This past winter, […] READ MORE

Call for volunteer leaders!

The fruit harvesting season is just around the corner, and we are looking for volunteer leaders to help us pick and share the bounty! This year, we have two exciting leadership opportunities: Supreme Gleaners: If you love picking fruit, riding bikes, and meeting new people, the Supreme Gleaner role could be just right for you! Supreme […] READ MORE

Introducing Not Far From The Tree’s new Director

Not Far From The Tree is deserving of an insightful and inspiring leader for its next stage of development. We are delighted to announce that Sue Arndt has been hired as the new Project Director! Sue comes to Not Far From The Tree after 9 years at Evergreen in Toronto. Starting there in 2006, Sue […] READ MORE

NFFTT friends could win tickets to see Sufjan Stevens!

Sharing is caring! Add a little NFFTT to your friends’ lives… You’re invited to share our newsletter for the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Sufjan Stevens live in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29th! Thanks to a donation of concert tickets by one of our trusted volunteers, we have one pair of […] READ MORE

Top 10 Most Fruitful Social Media Posts

  Last night, our social media volunteer extraordinaire, Heidi Tsao, was at Be Good Be Social Toronto sharing insights and highlights from her work overseeing Not Far From The Tree’s social media efforts. Heidi has been behind the wheel of Not Far From The Tree’s social media pages for exactly a year now, and her contribution […] READ MORE

The Truth About Pectin and How to Make Your Own

Throughout the summer and fall months, fresh fruit is plentiful and the shelves of grocery stores are lined with the tools needed to preserve all that nature offers. One question many people have is whether or not to use pectin. The debate centres on synthetic commercial products that also may contain added preservatives. Some feel […] READ MORE

Becoming Supreme (Gleaner, that is)

Becoming Supreme is a lot of fun but it’s also a responsibility. For a Not Far From The Tree volunteer like myself, being “Supreme” means getting specially trained as a Supreme Gleaner to lead fruit picks and drive a fancy cargo bike to transport urban fruit and picking equipment. Before we go out on our own we […] READ MORE

On the Run with Plums

  We interrupt your regularly scheduled program with news the plundering plum has been slinking around farmer’s markets and Not Far From The Tree picks. These high-brow cousins of the apricot have more costume changes than a Katy Perry concert. They range in colour from yellow, red, blue and even green; from about the size […] READ MORE