Black Walnut Dye Workshop

Pick beautiful dye right off the tree! Not Far From The Tree is teaming up with Action Potential Lab and Paperhouse Studio to present a Black Walnut Dye Workshop, taking place Saturday, October 17th and Saturday, October 24th, 10am – 2pm.  Nature, art and DIY unite in this two part workshop. Learn how to turn black walnuts […] 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

Fabulous Foraging

Have you ever daydreamed about living off grid, using only your two hands and brain for survival? After the zombie apocalypse how would you find food once all the grocery stores have been picked clean? Maybe you’re just curious about the world around you, looking for more food options or a more sustainable diet. In […] READ MORE

Explore TO: Edible wild plants at the Rosedale Ravine

A few weeks back I posted excerpts from an interview with Elliott Katz, author of Great Country Walks Around Toronto, where I asked him to describe a few of his favorite, well, great country walks around Toronto READ MORE

Brewers Backyard

  Summer is coming to an end, but it is still warm enough to have awesome outdoor parties. Coming up this Sunday the 23rd from 12-4pm is the latest instalment of the Brewers Backyard at Evergreen Brick Works READ MORE

Mulberries for ice cream… or not

I had a brilliant idea to make mulberry ice cream for dessert when some friends were coming over for dinner. My son and I took an afternoon stroll to our neighbours’ yard. After very sweetly asking permission (though how could they refuse – we even came equipped with my son’s old crib sheet to catch […] READ MORE

Beat the office heat: go on a plum pick!

Tucked away in an alley around the corner from FoodShare (our host office), there live two plum trees. It was a hot day when Not Far From The Tree and FoodShare staff were filled with an inspiration that swept us from our office feet. The secret to finding our vigor on a hot day was a nonchalant […] READ MORE

Discovering a new fruit

[Editor’s Note: This magical story of discovering a new fruit comes from Not Far From The Tree volunteer Charlotte Ashley.] I’ve been reading about Not Far From the Tree’s harvesting of serviceberries (or saskatoon berries, as I’d previously heard them called) for three years now, but I could never actually visualize these elusive fruits.  Sure, […] READ MORE

Put your fruit goggles on!

It’s that time of year – the city has started dripping with fruit from the limbs of its canopy. Time to put your fruit goggles on. Look up! Look down! Look all around. READ MORE