Operation Fruit Rescue had an amazing year in 2014!
We hope that you will join us as we continue our adventure in 2015.
Sign up to become a member today, and become a part of OFRE. Join us at our AGM which is scheduled for March 29th, 2015 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the McCauley School. Come taste a special brew of cider by one of our board members, and learn more about what we did, and our plans for 2015.
Some highlights and statistics from 2014
- 76 fruit pick events
- 96 fruit pick volunteers
- 320 fruit growers
- 5864 pounds of fruit rescued!
- 2445 pounds of fruit donated to various organizations
In 2014 we made some major changes to our organization with theimplementation of the Harvest Management System to help us keep up
with the enormous number of requests from home owners. This allowed
the homeowners to initiate pick times for our volunteers to sign up
for. This increased the number of picks exponentially from 2013. We
hope to make additional changes for the upcoming season to make it
even more user-friendly for both pickers and growers.
We also implemented one of the first urban micro-orchards in Canada to
help us educate homeowners and provide OFRE with a home. This took a
lot of work and is something that OFRE is extremely proud of and it
could only have been done with the support of our volunteers,
donations from various organizations, and the tremendous support from
the City of Edmonton.
We had a hugely successful vegetable glean at Riverbend Gardens which
attracted more the 40+ volunteers to pick root veggies for share with
the Salvation Army to help provide fresh food for their daily hot meal
program in the inner city. The day was warm and kids played in the
dirt, and community was formed from the ground up.
What does 2015 hold for OFRE?
As we come out of hibernation we are gearing up for 2015 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. We have 4 positions available! Come join us at our AGM and find the hidden fruit in our city!
- Date: March 29th, 2015
- Location: McCauley School 9538-107 Ave
- Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
- Light snacks and beverages provided.