Repost: Apricots 4 Ways

I must admit that before volunteering with Not Far From The Tree, I knew little about cooking with fruit, let alone fruit that had been picked locally. I’ve learned so much in the time that I’ve been at the social media helm both from the content I post, as well as our volunteers. One such […] READ MORE

Repost: Harvesting Toronto’s hidden fruit bounty

Danielle Klassen started Food Explore as a way to explore alternative ideas for a more socially conscious and environmentally sustainable food system, locally. We were lucky to have her along on a pick earlier this July. Here’s what she had to say about it. Originally posted at On a recent Sunday evening, seven Torontoians, most […] READ MORE

Repost: “Not Far From My Heart” by Jenny Serwylo

Recently, first-time volunteer picker, Jenny Serwylo, went on a pick with us and felt so inspired, that she blogged about it. Here’s her post in full, originally posted at Fair warning: some of the language in Jenny’s post, so brimming with the passion she felt after picking and sharing fruit, is a bit salty shall […] READ MORE

Book Review: Growing Urban Orchards by Susan Poizner

Not Far From The Tree was featured as an “Orchard Inspiration” in Growing Urban Orchards by Toronto’s very own Susan Poizner. Thanks for sharing about our program Susan! Here’s our review of Growing Urban Orchards: Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs, and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City is Susan Poizner’s fruit tree-growing […] READ MORE

The great big berry pick at Ryerson

Did you know there are 52 serviceberry trees on Ryerson University’s campus? 52! They are scattered around campus, tucked away beside buildings, along busy streets and walkways. The trees are incognito for most of the year READ MORE

Tree Owner Spotlight: Meet Helen and Bob

Last week I sat down with Helen and Bob, two fruit tree owners who signed up their cherry tree to be harvested by Not Far From The Tree. I wanted to pick their brains about READ MORE

Don’t wait for ripe… register a tree today!

So you have a tree that ripens with delicious fruit each summer? Better yet, you’re blessed with so much fruit, that you just don’t know what to do with it? Well aren’t you the apple of our eye! After all, a person can only bake so READ MORE

Edible Food Forest in Seattle

There is a very exciting project set to break ground in the abundant food scene of Seattle. This summer Seattle is going to begin the first stage of what is planned to become the United States’ largest food forest. The food forest will be located on a seven-acre plot in Beacon Hill, and has been […] READ MORE

The magic of City Cider

It was a bright and sunny Sunday at the Spadina Museum orchard. The sounds of City Cider buzzed through the air while Not Far From The Tree volunteers hustled and bustled to take ten bushels of apples and make sweet cider. This year the city has seen out-of-the-ordinary low fruit production and Spadina Museum’s heritage […] READ MORE