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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!


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


OFRE micro-orchard planting party! May 31st, 1-4pm

OFRE officially invites you to our spring planting and orchard clean-up.  May 31st from 1-4pm.  
Last year OFRE undertook the ambitious task of planting one of the first urban orchards on public property in Canada!
OFRE volunteers plant trees in the orchard behind McCauley School on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Photo by OFRE

OFRE volunteers plant trees in the orchard behind McCauley School on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Photo by OFRE

It took a lot of effort, and we are thrilled to see the fruits of our labour this year. There are buds on several of the trees, and some even have flowers.  As many of you know the FIFA world cup of soccer is coming to Edmonton this summer, and will be taking place at Commonwealth stadium, which is just down the street from the orchard.  So this spring planting and clean up is vital to show the city and people from all over the world what citizens of Edmonton are capable of achieving when we get together and share in a vision of making our city a healthier, more fruitful place to live!

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
List of things to be done. This is an permaculture designed orchard. If you are new to any of these tasks, that’s ok. We are a educational organization and happy to teach and learn together! 
  • Move the remaining compost to desired locations around the orchard.
  • Spread straw around the edgings
  • planting the cover crop to fix nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil, increasing soil fertility
  • Relocate 5 trees
  • Plant additional fruit trees and shrubs
  • (if material is provided in time (clad the shed/cider shack with corrugated metal)
What to bring:
  • Dress for the weather – it’s a rain or shine event, unless it’s really awfully stormy. Clothes you can get dirty in, and approriate footwear
  • Bring your own reusable water vessel
  • Work gloves
  • Tools if you have them – shovels, pitch forks, wheelbarrow

Sign up!

Community event: OFRE talk on how to reduce apple maggot, May 31, Fulton Place

OFRE will be at a community event!

Apple maggot is a growing nuisance for apple tree owners in Edmonton. Sarah McPike, OFRE board member and entomologist, will be sharing information and tips for controlling apple maggot at the following event!

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. –noonphoto-apple maggot fly
Where: 6115 Fulton Road

For further info about this event: www.fultonplace.org/activities-events

If you would like Sarah to attend your community event to do a 15 minute presentation about apple maggot, email:  applemaggotsquad@operationfruitrescue.org and provide details of what you’re looking for.


Devonian Garden Fruit Growers Festival, Sep 18th, 11am-4pm

apple tree

This coming sunday is the Annual Fruit Grower’s Festival at the Devonian Gardens. If you have never been for a little trek out of the city to this place, you should go! It is a beautiful setting with a variety of different types of gardens perfect for a afternoon stroll with your sweetie. With courses, workshops, educational events, and expert gardeners on hand, it also a place of learning and discovery.

This weekend is all about fruit and growing fruit in the Edmonton area. The event runs from 11am-4pm. There will be experts you can ask your tree questions to, bring apples to for identification, listen to a lecture on dehydrating fruit techniques, fruit tree & shrub landscaping, and other topics, or stop by and see OFRE and learn about making fresh-pressed apple juice!

Fresh-pressed cider

Fresh-pressed cider

OFRE volunteers will be making fresh pressed apple juice for tasting! Stop by and see how it’s made, talk to the volunteers to ask them about picking fruit in the city, and have a taste! $1/glass with all proceeds going towards OFRE.

Ride for Rhubarb – Saturday and Sunday (June 25th & June 26th)!

Spring is here and it’s bike month in Edmonton. Time to ride and pick!

What is it? In honour of bike month, I thought it would be fun to do a rhubarb bicycle tour. Anyone who wants to come pick rhubarb, come along!

Where and when is it? Saturday: We will be meeting on the southside at a place TBA on Saturday, June 25th, @ 1pm. We will be picking rhubarb at a few places, and riding around the city with rhubarb on our backs and bikes. Sunday: We will be meeting on northside at a place TBA near the stadium, June 26th @ 1pm. Same idea as Saturday, except on the northside of the river.

Processing: In addition, on Sunday, we are hoping to go to a community league afterwards to process some of the rhubarb together making pastries, bbq sauce, and juice, most likely.

How can I help? I need volunteers for a few more planning items, so if you are interested in helping out, send a message to: ofre.edmonton@gmail.com. e.g. make pastry ahead of time, bring items like sugar, flour, jars to the community league, taking photos of the rhubarb riders, etc.