From its humble beginnings in 2009, OFRE has become a widely respected organization within the city and throughout Canada. In 2014, Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton created a Micro-Orchard to celebrate our five year anniversary as a non-profit.
With grant funding from the City of Edmonton, OFRE’s proposal for transforming a section of the McCauley School grounds reached fruition. Since 2012, OFRE planned and organized this ground-breaking project in Edmonton. The area specifically located on 107A Avenue between 95th and 96th Street was transformed into a Micro-Orchard – a fruit bearing oasis!
The Micro-Orchard includes plantings to showcase the types and varieties of fruit trees, shrubs, and bushes that can grow in the Edmonton Capital region. Fruit varieties planted include: apples, pears, cherries, saskatoons, raspberries and more!
As a green addition to McCauley, the Micro-Orchard is used by OFRE to host educational workshops. At OFRE events, attendees learn how to press apple cider, and care for their fruit bearing trees and bushes. At the Micro-Orchard, OFRE empowers the citizens of Edmonton with the skills needed to grow, harvest, and preserve locally grown fruit in their own backyards.