Save the Date!! OFRE AGM – March 30th

Attention Edmonton Fruithusiasts, warmer weather is really on its way…help us begin the new season!

IMG_1362IMG_3080Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton will be having it’s 2nd Annual AGM on Sunday March 30th!!

Where: Kasian Architecture (Suite 251-10150 Jasper Ave NW)

When: 2pm – 4pm

Light snacks and refreshments to be served!

All members who have purchased their 2014 membership are eligible to vote on and run in the board election (Memberships will be available at the AGM then online afterwards). Come out to meet the people who run our organization, hear what the plans are for 2014, have a bite to eat and make your voice heard in electing our new board.

Permaculture Harvest Fest – Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friends of OFRE are organizing this great event:

The Edmonton Permaculture Guild & The River City Permablitz Network is hosting a Harvest Fest at Ritchie Hall, 7727-98 St, on November 2, 2013, starting at 3 pm. This will be a celebration of our growing community and all of the fantastic work that is being done around food security, building resilient communities and growing awareness around Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Continue reading

Riverdale AppleFest BBQ, September 21st, 1-4pm

Wondering what to do on a nice Saturday afternoon in September? Come on down to the Riverdale Community LEague celebration, AppleFest BBQ. OFRE has been invited to attend and make cider. Come join us for cider, good food, and fun! Community league memberships are on sale at the event.

Devonian Fruit Festival, September 15

OFRE will be at the Devonian Gardens today for the annual Fruit Growers Festival! We are making fresh cider all day! Everyone is welcome! Event runs 11am-4pm. Hope to see you there!

Amy Beaith will be giving a talk on preserving prairie fruits at 2pm during the event.

Looks like it will be a beautiful day to check out the garden! Last nice Sunday of the season!

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Apple ladder…. Drool….

Apple ladder.... Drool....

On a pick Friday, those of us with roots out east talked about the apple ladders we’d known. Anyone know how to procure or make ’em for Edmonton? They sure make the job easier….

Contact David through info@operationfruitrescue.org if you have a lead….

Become an OFRE member!

After heroic work by Amy and other OFRE Board members, we’ve sorted through all the code and complexity. Our new membership system is up and running, and OFRE picks will start very soon.

Please click on the link above to become an OFRE member. As part of the membership form you can indicate if you’d like to be contacted for picks, to take part in OFRE cider and canning workshops, etc.

Membership is a cheap way to support OFRE’s work, and connects you with the opportunity to be a picker, fruit captain, to vote at our AGM, etc. If you’re hard up please don’t let this be a barrier to joining us: there’s a link on the membership form for those who’d have difficulty coming up with the cash.

We’re excited to have this new membership model for OFRE roll out. Thanks for your patience. Please join now!

Gearing up for the 2013 pick season

The OFRE Board is excited about a new Orchard project, a new picker/grower database, a new membership system, and much more.

We’re especially eager to build our crew of volunteer fruit captains, pickers, and growers for the months ahead.

Please bear with us as we update the signup forms on this site to feed into our new database.

  • If you’ve already completed one of the ‘2012’ forms linked above, we have your data and will be in touch.
  • If you haven’t already signed up for this season, please watch this website for the new forms and use those.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to connecting with you soon.

Please welcome OFRE’s new board members!

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

OFRE presenting at Beer & Berkshire, May 26th, Yellowhead Brewery

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!

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 2.36.46 PMPart 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?!

 

 

Servus Credit Union Ripple Fund – Vote for OFRE!

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)