I really should have posted this sooner and apologize for not getting the word out, but let;s give a big welcome to OFRE’s first ever non-profit board of directors!!
- Amy Beaith-Johnson, President
- Jordan Wilson, Vice-President
- Melisa Zapisocky, Secretary
- Mike Johnson, Treasurer
- David Kahane, Director at large
- Sarah McPike, Director at large
- Molly MacDougall, Director at large
- Jan Hazen, Director at large
- Amy Wilson, Director at large
- Bonnie Patterson Payne, Director at large
- Gillian Turney, Director at large
- Kevin Kossowan, Director at large
Congratulations to all the newly elected members! They are great group with a variety of skill and experience!
- Date of next board meeting: June 6th @ 7pm.
- Who can attend? All meetings are open to the public.
- Where is it? Address: is Kasian Architecture, Interior Design & Planning, 2nd floor boardroom. 251 – Commerce Place, 10150 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 1W4
- Past minutes: May 09, 2013
SLow Food Edmonton is putting on a fundraiser dinner tonight called Berkshire & Beer for the Slow Food International Project called: Thousands Gardens in Africa. It’s an amazing and inspiring project envisioned by Slow Food Africa out of the Africans for Africa movement. Be sure to check out the websites for more information. I could write a whole book about how awesome this initiative is!
Part of the evening will include short petcha kucha style talks/presentations by a handful of interesting folks doing interesting things in and around Edmonton. Mike Johnson will be talking shop on OFRE and what we will be up to this season with our community fruit orchard and I will be giving a talk on Terra Madre: What it meant to go, why you should go if you can, and what I’ve gained from the experience.
Hope to see you there! It promises to be an interesting night filled with delicious food, beer and people. Need I say more? Oh yes, check out the menu of what delicious foods you will be eating tonight if you can make it! Many local producers are on the list! Bacon Whisky ice cream interest anyone?!
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OFRE recent’y qualified for a community driven grant/funding program called the Ripple fund from Servus Credit Union. It’s a facebook contest that is designed to help organizations creating a ripple in their cities or communities get a bit of funding to help them continue to create ripples and lasting community change.
OFRE volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to plan an exciting year and have a few fun projects in mind such as a Community Orchard right here in Edmonton! To read more about us and our grant application, please go to the website and vote for us! Every vote counts and thanks for your support!
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE)
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I came across this great little video through the Aljazeera network about UK activists involved in food gleaning projects, who are hoping to draw attention to the amount of food that goes to waste as well as to show ways people can make a positive impact on local food access.
OFRE volunteers glean fruit from urban trees and share the bounty with many groups to help build community through food. It’s part of our mandate to get locally grown fruits into the hands, mouths, and minds of Edmontonians. A somewhat newer initiative of OFRE is to do farm gleans to rescue the end of harvest vegetables. It all started a couple years ago when we got a call from a farm in Pigeon Lake area asking us if we rescue vegetables. The thought hadn’t really crossed our minds before, and that’s probably because we are quite overwhelmed with just trying to keep up with the fruit requests! Our first farm glean at Gone Green Acres Farm in 2011 was a great success, and the interest has grown from there. Last fall OFRE volunteers went to a local farm Riverbend Gardens, which you may have heard of before in regards to the Horsehill ASP and Friends of Farmers initiative. They are working hard to keep their farm as farmland. They care deeply about growing local food and want to be able to continue doing that in the future but are facing many challenges from city council, apathy, and developers who are wanting to ever expand the suburbs. At Riverbend Gardens, OFRE volunteers rescued approx. 7-10 tonnes of vegetables! Can you imagine?! 5 tonnes were donated to the Salvation Army in Edmonton who run hot meal programs for people living in the inner city and dish out over 400 meals a day! They were very excited about the fresh vegetables to cook up for fall meals making hearty soups, stews, and casseroles. Yum! The rest of the vegetables were divided up among the volunteers who came out for the day and Riverbend Gardens. I think it’s so powerful to see local farms reach out to organizations such as ours to help them get the rest of the harvest out of their fields and share the bounty of locally grown food with a wide network of people who can benefit from it. It’s such a great initiative and I look forward to seeing it expand in the future!
Here is the video called: UK activists look to use wasted food.
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OFRE volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to plan some exciting projects for the 2013 season. Projects that involve you, our community!
DETAILS – the what, where & when:
OFRE is pleased to announce an open design charrette to help in the design of community orchard and cider shack on an inner city site. The charrette will take place on Saturday March 16th 11-4pm at Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. office located in Commerce Place on Jasper ave and 102ndstreet. (accessible by bus, lrt, parking on street available, but limited).
Why an orchard?
OFRE is working to build a community orchard and cider shack to help us reach our goals of providing education workshops and outreach to
Edmontonians. We will be able to provide OFRE with a home and continue to build on the strength of partner
ships. This bountiful partnership with the city will be fruitful for years to come!
The goal of the charrette is to provide design options and generate ideas for the construction of a permaculture based designed orchard with a small on site cider shack for the storage of tools and cider making equipment.
Who can participate? If you are passionate about design, have knowledge of permaculture principles or building technology, we want YOU to be a part of our design charrette!
Please RSVP to: Mike Johnson, email: Jmjohnson79@hotmail.com, ph:780-318-4628
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