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OFRE AGM is coming up! Join us on April 14, 2019

Annual General Meeting and Potluck!


We hope that you will join us as we continue our adventure in 2019.
Join us at our AGM, and bring a dish to share:       

April 14th, 2016 

1:00pm (12:30 for potluck)

Multicultural Health Broker Building, 9538 107 Ave Edmonton

Join Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton on Sunday, April 14th for our Annual General Meeting, potluck and preserve exchange!

Doors will open at 1:00pm with the AGM being called to order at 1:30pm sharp. Please come early to meet the existing board, eat and have a good time!

OFRE is on the heels of the most successful harvest season to date and excited to build the board and committees in 2019 to further increase our capacity within the great city of Edmonton. We have several board and committee position vacancies for 2019 and hope you will come out to meet the group and join us in this fun and dynamic organization.

Some of the roles and committees we are looking to fill in 2019 include:

The Board of directors is composed of 8 individuals, including 4 executive roles (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). BOD members are participants or leaders in several committee roles, but committee coordinators can also be chaired by members at large.

– Social media committee & co-ordinator
– Communication committee & co-ordinator
– Systems Analyst committee & coordinator
– Partnership committee & coordinator
– Orchard committee & coordinator
– Grants & Finance committee & coordinator

On Sunday, April 14th meet us in the gymnasium of the Multicultural Health Brokers Building (former old McCauley School at 9538 107 Ave at 12:30pm, and please bring an item for the potluck.

As a fruit waste prevention and environmentally conscious organization we ask that you please bring your own reusable eating devices – plate/bowl & utensils. Thank you!

RSVP HERE 

Got questions? Shoot us a line at info@operationfruitrescue.org

OFRE Team

Living Bridge – A Story About OFRE and the Bridge

The living bridge has a fondness in my heart. I enjoyed many snacks there, from the Haskaps to the tomatoes. I would pass it on the days I walked to work, while carefully reviewing the construction detailing on the new museum as it was being built. For me, it was a gem in the city and spoke about rebuilding, transformation, and time. Its proximity to city hall showcased the cities progressive policies on urban farming, gardening, and temporary installations. The fruits were shared by anyone who visited it, and was maintained by diligent volunteers and community citizens. The living bridge has now closed as the property owners want to repave the bridge. My hope is that the paving will improve the bicycle connection to downtown from the northeast.

OFRE and the Bridge

The closing of the bridge meant that the shrubs and plants needed to be relocated, or would be tossed away. The fruit shrubs were carefully removed from the garden by City of Edmonton (COE) employees and volunteers, and taken to various community gardens in the city, most in the McCauley area, as a way to ensure the plants were kept in the same community. A noble response to a garden that provided the community with a temporary transformation of a dilapidated bridge. Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) was the largest recipient with a total of 22 fruit bearing shrubs being relocated to the OFRE Micro-Orchard located on the north side of the Intercultural Center on 107A, between 96th and 97th street (the former site of the McCauley School). The Micro-Orchard is the largest of its kind in Canada, and could easily handle the influx of fruit bushes. There were some Gooseberries, Nanking cherries, Red Currents, Saskatoons, and Haskaps, all of mature size, as they have been growing on the bridge for a few years.

Haskap

Haskap

The quality of the fruit bushes were outstanding and the root-balls were in good condition because of the limited growing depth on the bridge. OFRE crews worked hard over a two week time period to create and execute a plan, that would encompass a 2 day work-bee to locate and plant the shrubs. Mike Johnson, the Orchard Manager, took on the task, with the help of Amber Brant of OFRE, and Marcin Makarewicz, from the Edmonton Permaculture Guild. The work could not have been done without the amazing work of the McCauley Revitalization co-ordinator, Jane Molstad.

path to Orchard

The much needed shrubs were placed strategically to define a winding path into the orchard that guides guests around the mandela. The shrubs also created a mid-level to the canopy of fruit bearing trees and cherries that were planted a few years ago, making the orchard look fuller and more complete. With the addition of plants, the orchard expands its base of fruit bearing trees and shrubs that can grown in the Edmonton Capital region, and becomes a real destination for food lovers in the city.

 

 

The living bridge may not be around, but the OFRE Micro-Orchard is a open site that anyone can visit, and pick the fruit. The orchard is the home to OFRE where the organization puts on a variety of workshops from apple maggot prevention to proper fruit tree care, and pruning. The site is also breeding ground for popular events like the gargantuan potluck held in August each year and open cider pressings held bi-weekly during apple season for citizens to learn how to make cider with their excess fruit. Check out the OFRE website for more information on dates and times. OFRE is also working closely with the Edmonton Permaculture Guild (EPG) to create a place that pushes the boundaries of typical garden design and construction, and are a great resource for people looking to install food forests and wholistic agricultural practices.

orchard

The living bridge will live on in various gardens throughout the city, and OFRE is proud and honored to be part of this history. OFRE will continue to push it’s vision of creating a community where all the fruit grown in the community is used productively. We will try to build new bridges between the orchard and the surrounding community as we create a home and a place for everyone to enjoy the fruits of Edmonton.

By Mike Johnson, OFRE Orchard Manager

OFRE Event Schedule 2018

OFRE Upcoming Events 2018

Our most exciting upcoming events have been posted. What’s happening? Check out the list below and see our Events page for details.

Download the event list: OFRE Upcoming Events 2018.

Join us to pick fruit, press apple cider, attend a workshop and give back to your community. Sign up as a member to our organization to get access to locally grown fruit. As a member you will have the opportunity to attend many fruit picks over the summer season. We look forward to meeting you.

Note: The schedule is subject to change, but we do our best to provide the most accurate event details possible. Please check back to the OFRE website for the most current and up to date information.

Love = An OFRE Membership

OFRE Valentines Day
Valentine’s Day is one week away! Make your love the sustainable kind with an OFRE membership! Whether you buy a membership for your Valentine or for yourself, you will be giving back to your community when you help to harvest local fruit during our picking season.

So sign up today!

Gift memberships are available too!

#localfruitlove