Cider Pressing & Orchard Maintenance

Join Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton at the orchard at McCauley School on Saturday, August 19th from 1 to 4 pm to press the seasons’ bounty of apples for cider making! We ask that you bring your apples along with cider carrying containers (i.e. jars, jugs, bottles, etc.) to take your prized liquid gold home. 1/4 of all cider created will be retained by OFRE for the bribing of volunteers for their handy efforts on orchard maintenance.

We are also in need of assistance from able bodies to help install siding on our shed at the orchard, as well as, erect shelving within the shed for organization of our pressing supplies. Volunteers will be graciously rewarded with fresh pressed cider and piping hot pizza for their efforts.

This event will take place rain or shine. Closed toe shoes are required on the orchard site for safety.

Apple Maggot Control Workshop

Did you know: Apple maggots are spreading like the plague in Edmonton? Apple maggots infect healthy apple trees with relative little external symptoms. Anxious apple lovers bite into their treasures to find tiny burrows and sometimes nests of maggots. Apple maggot infestations rarely clear up on their own and leave home owners and fruit pickers with hundreds of pounds of undesirable fruit each summer in Edmonton.

Apple Maggot Control Expert Advice

Join us at the OFRE Orchard at the McCauley School for an very informative session about the most prevalent pest that targets your apple trees. Learn from our resident apple maggot expert, Sarah, on how to take action to keep your apples and fruit healthy. And yes, you can still use apples that have been affected by apple maggots. We highly recommend making litres and litres of fresh apple cider with it! This workshop is ideal for our fruit growers, but is also open to fruit pickers to aid the sharing of knowledge on apple maggot spreading prevention.

Remember to dress for the weather. The event is rain or shine.

Please Note: Orchard policy will be in effect. Close toed shoes are mandatory when working in the orchard.

Please bring shovels, wheelbarrows and other gardening tools if you have them. OFRE only has a limited supply.

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Espalier Workshop at OFRE Orchard

Join us at the OFRE Orchard at McCauley on Saturday, June 17th at 9am with Dustin Bajer for an invaluable workshop on creating a strong and dynamic espalier system for your home and garden. This will be a hands on learning experience as we begin the construction of a fantastic espalier system at the OFRE Orchard at the old McCauley School.

What is an espalier system?

Dustin Bajer explains this ancient practice of training plants on his website.

OFRE Espalier Workshop

Please Note: Due to the skill training nature of this event, we are restricting this opportunity to 15 Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton members. Don’t delay, register today!

Remember to dress for the weather. The event is rain or shine. Orchard policy will be in effect. Close toed shoes are mandatory when working in the orchard.

Please bring shovels, wheelbarrows and other gardening tools if you have them. OFRE only has a limited supply.

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OFRE Southside Rhubarb Bike Run

First picking event of the year. Come join us! 10 spaces offered. Free & Family friendly!

Ride will be led by Bonnie Patterson-Payne, OFRE member

Saturday June 10, 2017

1 pm until 4 pm(ish)

Event starting location:
King Edward Park Community
7708-85 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6C 4K9

Meet at the parking lot next to the park!

Ride to 5 houses picking rhubarb in Avonmore, Hazel Dean and Argyll and King Edward Park districts. Rhubarb will be divided between pickers, home owners and charity. Donations will go to YESS on Whyte Avenue.

Bike and helmet required and a backpack/bike bags or trailer to carry rhubarb.

Dress for the weather.

Weather permitting (heavy rain and thunderstorms may cause a postponement of meet to Sunday June 11 at same location and time). Volunteers will be notified Saturday morning!

Register NOW! (2 spaces are available):

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We encourage you to sign up as on OFRE member which allows you to come to all our other fruit picks of the summer.