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OFRE launches the pedal powered apple crusher @ Devonian Garden’s Fruit Grower’s Festival, Sept 16th, 2012

pedal-powered apple crusher

It’s that wonderful time of year again! Apple season! Which means it’s OFRE’s cider season! Last year OFRE won a micro-grant from Next Gen’s

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MEAET event and used that grant money to partner with Edmonton Bicycle Commuters (EBC) and turn our apple crusher into a pedal powered apple crusher!


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We thought no better time to officially launch the pedal powered crusher than at our favourite cider event of the season: The Fruit Grower’s Festival! This pedal powered crusher was built with recycled, upcycled, and salvaged parts from bikes, wood shops, shopping carts, etc. Our volunteers worked hard over the winter designing and building this amazing custom apple crusher. Come to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden to learn about it and meet some of the people who helped build it and make it happen.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Here is a little video of a test run we had a couple weeks ago to make sure everything was working smoothly.

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The event runs from 11am-4pm. There is plenty of activities revolving around fruit to learn about what grows in a prairie climate. You might be surprised by what you find out! There will also be seminars on different topics throughout the day. Amy Beaith (OFRE Director & official canner of OFRE products) will be giving a talk on canning and other ways to preserve fruit.

DIYalogue talks food! Wednesday, July 4th, 6:30-8:30pm


Hey everyone, if you haven’t heard, there is a great event going on tonight at the Black Dog Pub hosted by NextGen’s fabulous crew called: DIYalogue Talks Food. There will be a great group of food enthusiasts, activists, producers, writers, educators, etc. there to talk to anyone who wants to learn more about the local food movement and find ways to get involved or get something started.

Mike Johnson and I have been invited to talk about OFRE tonight. Other amazing people include: Kevin Kossowan, Kirsta Franke, Nate Box Mack Male, Sharon Yeo, and more! There will be great nibblies from Filistix as well as OFRE cider samples!

OFRE presents at PKN13!

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Wow, what a wonderful night for the first outdoor PKN and what a beautiful destination to do it in at Hawrelak Park amphitheatre!

PKN, stands for Petcha Kucha and means chit chat in Japanese. It’s a quick style presentation format where each presenter has 20 images and gets to speak for 20 seconds per image. PKN is hosted by Edmonton’s NextGen community and June has been declared NextGen month!

At PKN 13 Mike Johnson and Amy Beaith presented a topic called: Can local food build community? They used OFRE as an example of an organization that is trying to do just that.