OFRE want to remind everyone about the amazing potluck that we are having in partnership with The Edmonton Permaculture Guild at the OFRE micro Orchard This Thursday!!!. We will have our feature 10′ diameter table installed just in time to house all the food.
We will also be setting up our fruit press. So if you are a home owner and your pick was cancelled, we OFRE you a solution to all those apples! Pick them and bring them to the Potluck and enjoy fresh pressed cider from your apples! IF your tree is not ripe yet, please check our fruit pressing schedule to know when you can drop off fruit to be pressed so we can minimize food waste.
We invite you to come join the fun, share stories about your fruit, and meet fellow growers, pickers and learn more about The Edmonton Permaculture Guild and Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton.
This is a Free Event and All Are Welcome! Family, Friends, Food and Community
OFRE EVENT CALENDAR
Join us at the Orchard! Located behind McCauley School at 9538 107 AvenueOFRE is hosting or participating in the following events and want to see you all there! We could always use help from like minded individuals and organizations. If you are interested please send us an e-mail to with the subject line : Volunteer on committees firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support and we hope to see you there!
The fruit season is almost started!
If you want to volunteer to rescue fruit with us, you must have a membership with OFRE.
Perks of becoming a member:
- Participate in fruit rescue, donate fruit to food charities, and take home fresh picked, local fruit for your efforts
- Attend workshops on canning, cider making, etc.
- Work with various community organizations to help support the local food movement.
- Learn about your local fruit biodiversity, and what types grow in the greater Edmonton area. (you will be surprised with what grows here!)
- Attend and vote at our annual AGM.
To purchase a membership click on the appropriate link below:
**Low income (If the membership fee is more than you can afford, contact us by email and we can work towards a solution. email@example.com)
Each membership is valid from January 1st to December 31st.
*NOTE* To sign up as a FRUIT RESCUE VOLUNTEER, click on the link at the end of the PayPal payment that directs you back to the site, and WAIT for the form to load. Filling in this form will set you up to get email invites to fruit rescue events.
Annual General Meeting and Potluck!
Sign up to become a member today, and become a part of OFRE.
We hope that you will join us as we continue our adventure in 2016.
Join us at our AGM, and bring a dish to share:
April 16th, 2016
4:00pm – 7:00pm
McCauley School, 9538 107 Ave Edmonton
What does 2016 hold for OFRE?
As we come out of hibernation we are gearing up for 2016 and have some
amazing ideas for events that will build on our momentum from last
year and we need your help to make it happen!
To make our organization resilient to and sustainable over the long term we are
seeking volunteers to help our board members implement their ideas.
We are also seeking additional board members to guide the organization
into the future. Come join us at our AGM and find the hidden fruit in our city!
We are closing fruit registration and rescue for this year. Stay tuned for a report on how much fruit we rescued this summer.
Thanks to the great volunteers and all generous homeowners who shared their bounty. OFRE would not happen with out you!
Once again, the demand for fruit to be picked far exceeded our volunteer capacity. If you or someone you know has some time to give and a passion for local food, encourage them to join OFRE and become a fruit pick volunteer.
We are looking forward to more fruit rescue next year. Thank you all.
OFRE officially invites you to our spring planting and orchard clean-up. May 31st from 1-4pm.
Last year OFRE undertook the ambitious task of planting one of the first urban orchards on public property in Canada!
OFRE volunteers plant trees in the orchard behind McCauley School on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Photo by OFRE
It took a lot of effort, and we are thrilled to see the fruits of our labour this year. There are buds on several of the trees, and some even have flowers. As many of you know the FIFA world cup of soccer is coming to Edmonton this summer, and will be taking place at Commonwealth stadium, which is just down the street from the orchard. So this spring planting and clean up is vital to show the city and people from all over the world what citizens of Edmonton are capable of achieving when we get together and share in a vision of making our city a healthier, more fruitful place to live!
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
List of things to be done. This is an permaculture designed orchard. If you are new to any of these tasks, that’s ok. We are a educational organization and happy to teach and learn together!
- Move the remaining compost to desired locations around the orchard.
- Spread straw around the edgings
- planting the cover crop to fix nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil, increasing soil fertility
- Relocate 5 trees
- Plant additional fruit trees and shrubs
- (if material is provided in time (clad the shed/cider shack with corrugated metal)
What to bring:
- Dress for the weather – it’s a rain or shine event, unless it’s really awfully stormy. Clothes you can get dirty in, and approriate footwear
- Bring your own reusable water vessel
- Work gloves
- Tools if you have them – shovels, pitch forks, wheelbarrow
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Thanks to excited growers who have been keen to register your trees with us!
We appreciate your enthusiasm and will have our forms available shortly. Please check back at the end of the month of May to sign up your fruit!
Our picking season get starts in June with Rhubarb and is in full swing by August with berries, cherries, and apples galore, winding up in mid October weather permitting with apples, pears, and crabapples.
As you may be aware Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton will be holding their AGM on March 29 at 1pm at the former McCauley School on 107a Ave. We are looking for several new board members. As the current Vice President of Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton I would like to take a moment to share with you reasons why joining our board may just be the perfect thing for you to do!
Let me start by saying that as a young professional who has only been living in Edmonton for two years, joining the OFRE board was a great way for me to meet people who wanted to have fun but at the same time make our home a better place to live. I have met some truly amazing people throughout the year at various events that OFRE has attended and held. Edmonton has a vibrant community of enthusiastic people who are working hard to bring food security and self-resilience to the forefront of local conversations!
OFRE attends and holds a number of events each year, such as cider pressings, workshops at the Edmonton Resilience Festival, demonstrations at the Fruit Growers Festival at the beautiful Devonian Botanical Gardens, and farm gleans collecting lots of tasty and fresh fruits and veggies. All of these events are a great way to spend an afternoon, get some fresh air and enjoy the company of friendly people.
Aside from meeting people and having fun, joining the board of Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton will give you a chance to hone your skills as an event planner, communicator, organizer, community planner, and more! Plus you will get to learn about tree and shrub maintenance and how to make the most of your green thumb in our Northern climate.
For me joining the Board of Directors with OFRE started as a way to meet people and give back, now it has grown into being a part of a community! Oh, and I have so much apple cider to drink year round, what a tasty bonus!
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