Thanks for an amazing and fun 2009!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Volunteer Appreciation Evening at Bread and Roses cafe. We feasted on platters of food, piled high with delicious baked goods, fresh fruit and veggies, and crackers and cheese. Door prizes were handed out - thanks to Ottawa Street Farmers Market for donating gift certificates and bags. The photos looked amazing, hanging up against the red brick wall of Bread and Roses. The focus of the evening was around "appreciation" and Fruit Tree is soooo grateful to many people and organizations.

We are grateful that we harvested 5,300 lbs this year! Congratulations and thanks to the volunteers and homeowners for their work and support.

We would like to thank the following for their support:
*Environment Hamilton and POET grant
*Healthy Living Hamilton
*Conserver Society

Thanks to our partners:
*Mission Services
*SISO - The Globe
*Good Shepherd
*Eva Rothwell / Robertland
*North Hamilton Community Health Centre
*Ryerson Breakfast Program

Thanks to the following people for their help and support:
Caroline Merritt and Ottawa Street Farmers Market
Sarah Kam and OPIRG PEAS
Meredith Vezina
William To for his design work
Dundurn Castle for letting us have our Fruit Tree kick-off at the beginning of the season and for letting us be part of their "Straight from the Garden."
Bread and Roses for hosting our Volunteer Appreciation

Last, but not least, thanks to the homeowners and volunteers for all their support. Look for us at Bread and Roses in June 2010 for our photo exhibit as part of the Art Crawl. See you in 2010!

Volunteer Appreciation Evening for Fruit Tree

We are wrapping up for another successful year!

We are pleased to invite you to our "Volunteer Appreciation Event"
Wednesday November 18, 2009
Bread and Roses Cafe / Skydragon
27 King William Street

Come for a photo exhibit of this year and past years of harvesting,great door prizes, sample some of the fruit that we have preserved, stay for live music and refreshments.
Event is free.

Everyone is welcome!

Canning pears a great success! *** Join us for a pickling beets workshop!

Thanks to everyone that came out to our pear canning workshop in Dundas. This was a joint effort with Greening Sacred Spaces and Dundas Ontario In Transition (Do-IT). We had 17 participants and we canned enough for everyone to take some home with them. Thanks to St. Augustine's church for letting us use their kitchen and space. The amount of resources that came together to make this happen was overwhelming, participants brought extra jars, more fruit, pots and equipment. We would especially like to thank Judy, Louise, Alma, Lynn for their wisdom and guidance. A special thanks to Kathryn whose dedication to our project has been inspiring.


We are pleased to announce a pickling beet workshop.
Saturday Sept 26th, 10-1pm.
St. Paul's Anglican Church
1140 King St, West

Sliding scale of $4-6 (To cover the costs of the beets, the space, insurance and jars)
*Space is limited*
RSVP by Monday Sept 21st
Contact Juby, Project Co-ordinator, at Environment Hamilton at: 905-549-0900
Or email: jlee.eatlocal(at)
Due to popular demand, we have broadened our canning workshop to include beets. At this workshop, we are purchasing beets from Russ Ohrt of Backyard Harvest

Hamilton Fruit Tree Project part of Art Gallery of Hamilton's "Celebration of Harvest."

We have been invited by CLiC to be part of their Harvest Celebration at the AGH. Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Enjoy the bounty of Fall with harvest-inspired snacks, cocktails and the sounds of Hamilton’s own Tim Gibbons. Special Guests include: Juby Lee, Hamilton Fruit Tree Project and Alvaro Venturelli, plan b Organic Farms.

CLiC Members: Free | Guests: $20

Please RSVP to Jocelyn at
or call 905-527-6610 ext. 250.

What is CLiC?
CLiC is a fresh collective of like minded individuals under 45, coming together with the Art Gallery of Hamilton to create an awareness of art, culture and community. Join the AGH as a CLiC Member for free admission to all CLiC events!

Mark your calendar! Sunday Sept 27th, Hamilton Fruit Tree Project at Dundurn Castle's "Straight from the Garden" celebration!

Mark your calendar for this exciting, family-fun, local food event!

On SUNDAY SEPT 27th, 2009 from noon-4pm, DUNDURN CASTLE is hosting their annual "Straight from the Garden" day. This year, Hamilton Fruit Tree Project will be there harvesting apples. Like last year, the majority of the fresh, local produce will be distributed throughout Hamilton's Food Bank system. Drop by and help us harvest some of the tasty apples.

"Straight from the Garden" is a celebration Hamilton’s agricultural communities, past and present. Activities include:
*farmers' market
*an agricultural exhibition
*garden demonstrations and workshops
*garden tours, cooking workshops
*live music
*activities for the children
*Bring your backyard produce for the community horticultural exhibition!

Free admission to outdoor activities.
A small fee will be charged for cooking workshops.
Regular admission rates apply to the museum.

For more information contact:
610 York Boulevard, Hamilton,
Ontario L8R 3H1 • 905.546.2872
Visit our website

Fruit Galore!

We have had a steady stream of home owners contacting us to harvest their fruit and an even steadier steam of interested volunteers willing to help pick!

Check out these beautiful red pears that we harvested from the mountain! Thanks to Kate for helping us identify them as "Red Anjous."

If you would like to get on the volunteer list, contact Juby, Project Co-ordinator at jlee.eatlocal(at) to find out about upcoming picks.

Note that there is one larger pick happening at Dundurn Castle. This harvest is more of a drop-in style. Come by and help us harvest!

On Sunday, September 27, 2009
Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is partnering with Dundurn Castle with their STRAIGHT FROM THE GARDEN event. Spend the day harvesting their apples and celebrating Hamilton's agricultural communities, past and present. Activities include a market fair, an agricultural exhibition, guest speakers, garden tours, and games for the children.
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All

Harvest in Jerseyville is on!

We are harvesting apples from 1915 Jerseyville Road West, Jerseyville on Saturday August 29th from 10:30am - 2:30pm.
There is carpooling available.
There are two shifts, one leaving at 10am and the other at noon.
Contact Juby Lee, Project Co-ordinator at jlee.eatlocal(at) if you able to help harvest.

It is time to harvest! Check out our schedule below!

Harvest time is here!

Here are some of the picks that we are planning for this week:

Contact me if can make it to one or some of these picks, you can either email Juby, Project Co-ordinator at jlee.eatlocal(at) or call my cell: 289-880-1612.

Wednesday August 19, 10:30am at 292 John St North - we are harvesting grapes! (please bring your own clippers or scissors to help cut the bunches off)

Wednesday August 19, 3:30pm at 477 Anna lee Drive, Ancaster
- this is a big pear tree.

Depending on the amount of fruit and number of volunteers, harvest times take anywhere from one to 2.5 hours.

This fun, tasty activity is weather permitting only, feel free to call my cell if the weather looks a little wonky.

I will be bringing equipment to help harvest.

Please bring some water for yourself and a container or bag for your share of the bounty! :)

In addition, we have access to about 20-30 apple trees in Jerseyville
and 2 large pear trees in Oakville - are you willing to travel to
either of these places? We are looking for volunteers with cars who are
willing to carpool to these locations. Let me know if you can help.

Let the harvesting begin!

Thank you for a succesful launch!

We had a great launch at Dundurn Castle. Our guests were treated to local apples and cider, live music from Mike Trebilcock (pictured), two for one passes to tour the grounds of the castle and were allowed to harvest red currants from the Dundurn Gardens!
We chatted with Wayne MacPhail from and he quickly posted the interview with Juby, the Project Co-ordinator. You can check out the interview at:
We are grateful to so many people!
Thanks to our volunteers, Simon and Meganne (pictured) Beatrice, Madeleine and Laura - you all did a fantastic job! Thanks to Dundurn Castle for providing the space and donating "two for one passes."
Thanks to Werner from Hamilton Waterfront Trust for lending us the tents. And lastly, thanks to Mike Trebilcock for performing for us!
We could not have done it without you!

Join us as we make SOUR CHERRY jam!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be canning sour cherries.

The Hamilton Fruit Tree Project and OPIRG PEAS (Promoting Eating Alternatively and Sustainably) are teaming up to offer a canning workshop this Thursday! (July 23) We will be making jam with sour cherries.

The workshop will be taking place at Jamesville Community Centre (209 MacNab St N) from 1:30-4:30pm. All ingredients and equipment will be supplied by the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project.

So bring yourself and your eager hands (and tummies)!

Hamilton Fruit Tree Project Launch re-scheduled for THIS Saturday July 18th!

We are gearing up to launch Hamilton Fruit Tree Project - again! Drop by for some apples and cider, learn more about the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project and stay for some live music and "two for one" passes to tour Dundurn Castle.
We are honoured to announce that talented Mike Trebilcock will be performing at noon!
Saturday July 18th, 2009.

By the apple trees. Rain location - the Cockpit, next to the apple trees.

Hamilton Fruit Tree Launch - CANCELLED

Due to the poor weather and the looming thunderstorm, Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is CANCELLING the launch. We are working to re-schedule it for Saturday July 18th - stay tuned for more details!

Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is gearing up for 2009!

Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is pleased to announce our first ever launch!

Where: Dundurn Castle - under the apple trees
When: Saturday July 11th, 2009 from 11-2pm.
Drop by for some live music, apples, apple cider and relax with us
under the shade of the trees. Bring some instruments if you like and
we will have a little jam session :)
Explore Dundurn Castle with "two for one passes" that have been generously donated to us.
Hope you can join us!
For more information, contact Juby at 905-549-0900 or email jlee.eatlocal(at)

And join us on facebook, search for "Hamilton Fruit Tree."

Welcome to Fruit Tree's blog!

Hamilton Fruit Tree Project had a great 2008! We harvested close to 5,000 lbs of fresh, local fruit with a large portion going to food banks. Thanks to everyone who supported us!

Currently, we are in hiatus for the season. This years season will start in July or so. We are always looking for trees to pick, so tell us if you know of tree(s) that need to be harvested. If you are especially keen, Fruit Tree is looking for pick leaders to lead some of the harvests. And lastly, if you would like to volunteer to pick contact: Juby Lee, Project Co-ordinator, at jlee.eatlocal(at)