Thank you for a great year! Check out photos from our last workshop of the year



We had our last canning workshop for 2010.



Thirteen of us came together to can pumpkins that were donated by Westdale United Church's garden. Co-organized with Greening Sacred Spaces and Westdale United we canned pumpkin puree and roasted pumpkin seeds.



Big thank you to Jan and Judy for helping lead the workshop.

This was a great last workshop for Fruit Tree in 2010.

We are looking forward to 2011.

Join us for the last canning workshop of the year


We have been gifted 10 pumpkins to be canned. The pumpkins come from Westdale United Church.

With our partner,Greening Sacred Spaces we are pleased to present a Pumpkin Canning Puree Workshop.
Folks will be able to take home the puree to make into pies, cakes, soup - whatever your hearts desire!
Think of it as pre-planning for the holidays!

PUMPKIN PUREE CANNING WORKSHOP
Thursday Dec 2nd
6-9pm
Westdale United Church, 99 Oval
Donation of $3 to cover the costs of jars and refreshments.


While the puree is canning, we will be toasting the seeds!

Contact Beatrice at beatrice.ekoko@gmail.com
Or call the Environment Hamilton office - 905-549-0900 to reserve your space!
Space is limited!

Thank you for a great year!

I just wanted to thank our volunteers, homeowners, partners, supporters, trees, vines, the earth for such a fantastic year! We harvested in total... 13,300 lbs of fresh produce! Thanks to Plan B Organic Farm for letting us harvest at their site - twice this year. Thanks to Greening Sacred Spaces of co-organizing workshops - we ran 12 workshops compared to eight last year. Thanks to Mission Services, Good Shepherd, Eva Rothwell, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, North Hamilton Community Health Centre for all your hardwork and great communication skills. Thanks to Ben R for dedicating your Mitzvah project to Fruit Tree. Judy S - thank you for your donation. Loueen M - thanks for always thinking about our project. There are so many people to thank!
We are holding a Volunteer Appreciation Event
Friday Nov 12th
6-8
22 Wilson Street (Sonic Unyon bldg)
Come by for a great time with cool people, good eats, lovely music and RevWear. Check out James Street Art Crawl afterwards.
See you all in 2011!

Carrot Picking a success!




We had over 40 folks and 7 kids come out to help harvest carrots for FoodShare. We filled bin after bin of tasty carrots. Thanks to all our volunteers, shout out to Katimavik folks and families who car pooled and biked to Concession 4.

Carrot Harvesting at Plan B Organic Farm


We have another opportunity to harvest at Plan B Organic Farm, this time it is carrots. The carrots are going to Hamilton food banks and beyond.

This Saturday October 23rd at 10am (to noon - approximately)
For every 5 carrots we harvest, we keep one. It adds up quickly.

I am arranging car pooling, so let me know if you are able to drive, take others, or need a ride.
If able to come, contact Juby Lee, Project Manager for Hamilton Fruit Tree Project, at jlee.eatlocal@environmenthamilton.org or call 905-549-0900.

Please bring water for yourself as well as a container / bags for your portion to take home.
Please note: there are no washroom facilities at this site as well, the carrot harvest is happening on a rental property of Plan B and NOT the address of their farm house, if you are interested in coming, I will email you the exact address.

Making Apple Blossoms and Pies!




Check out some of the tasty treats that were baked by Eva Rothwell folks.

Straight From the Garden a Great Success!


Thanks to the many folks that dropped by to harvest apples from Dundurn Castle as part of the hands-on component of the "Straight from the Garden" event.
We had over 100 people, young and younger stop by the trees to help. One volunteer told me that harvesting was the best part of the day for her!
Big thank you to Cathy, Rose and Frank for helping out.
Shout out to Dundurn Castle for inviting us again.

Grapes are Great!



We are busy picking and canning! Check out this harvest of tasty Concord grapes - they are small and seedy but sweet and tasty!

Beans! Beans the magical fruit!




There was something magical about the bean harvest that happened Sunday September 12th. Fruit Tree Volunteers harvested beans, planted by Plan B Organic Farm folks and destined for the Ontario Food Bank Association. The weather forecasts called for rain on Sunday but instead it rained Saturday night and by Sunday the rain had passed, it stayed fairly overcast (perfect bean picking weather) for us while we harvested.

There were a lot of beans! In one of the photos above, you can see (but just barely) a house in the distance - thats where the bean crop stopped.
Big thank you to our hardworking volunteers who just picked and picked and picked! Thanks to all the drivers and car-poolers!
Shout-out to Plan B and Alvaro the farmer for letting us come and pick beans.
Update: Alvaro congratulated us on a great job and the beans were picked up by FoodShare the very next day.

Apples! Apples! Apples!


Check out all these apples from one site! What a bountiful year! We have harvested over 5,500 lbs of delicious, tasty fruit - more then all of 2009! And we are still going!
We will be at Dundurn Castle during their "Straight from the Garden" event on Sunday September 26th from 12-4pm. Drop by as we harvest from their apple trees. Enjoy a farmers' market, tours and free workshops.

Thank you!

It is always tricky to thank individuals as each moment a volunteer gives to Fruit Tree helps us out. But I wanted to thank Judy S and Chris for helping us out once again! You two never cease to amaze me!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to support Fruit Tree. We could not do this without you!

Pears! Pears! Pears!



We are in the throes of harvesting - check out this one site!
Thank you to all the volunteers that have come out to help, who offer to help and to those waiting to help.

We would like to take a moment to thank....

We would like to give a big thank you to Ben Rudolph who spent the spring and summer raising money for our project. Ben made raising money for Environment Hamilton / Fruit Tree as part of his Bar Mitzah efforts. He raised over $2,000 by collecting donations at various events and through Small Change Fund.

Thank you to Ben and his family for all their hardwork for helping us!

Without folks like Ben, our volunteers, homeowners and supporters, Fruit Tree would not thrive.

You got 'em...


We want 'em! Pears are back and in the past in couple weeks, thanks to our generous homeowners and dedicated volunteers, we've picked over 600 pounds of them! We have some more picks coming up in the next little while and are always on the lookout for more trees, so if you want to get involved drop us a line!

Berry Kind!



The Hamilton Fruit Tree Project and Eat Local gained a new appreciation for the time and fragility investing in berry picking, as they gleaned raspberries from Jerry's Berries Raspberry Farm in Copetown this week! As the raspberry season comes to an end, Jerry and Glenda welcomed Fruit Tree and Eat Local staff and volunteers onto their farm to pick berries for an upcoming student breakfast program. We came away with litres of the tender, bright, sweet fruit which will be frozen and used in breakfast programs throughout the city in the coming school year. Thanks to our volunteers who braved the heat and armies of beatles to glean the fields, and much gratitude to Jerry's Berries for their generous donation of fruit to our program!

We'd also like to give a big thank you to our lovely Environment Hamilton volunteer, designer Miranda Kett from MK Creative where "Big Ideas Stand Out" for creating our new Hamilton Fruit Tree Logo!

Update on this year's events and picks



Thanks to all who attended last week’s jam-making workshop, presented by the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project and Greening Sacred Spaces! Using some of the many sour cherries that the project’s volunteers have helped to harvest over the last few weeks, we made cherry jam using a simple recipe and sealed it into jars.

Be on the look-out for more picks and events, and please contact us to get on the Fruit Tree mailing list. Otherwise, be sure to keep an eye on our blog for updates!

You can also let us know if you would like to give your time, trees, or cash donations (which can be given through the Small Change Fund) to the project. We are always appreciative of your support!

Gearing up for 2010


Thanks for all the ongoing interest in and support of the Fruit Tree Project's 2010 season! We especially appreciate the donations to our Small Change Fund drive - if you haven't yet, check it out here!

(You can find out more about the Small Change Fund and the work they do here.).

We haven't started picking yet, but are always on the look out for fruit sources and volunteers to harvest them, so if you are wanting to get involved, let us know.

We'll be updating the blog as the season gets going, so check back soon!

Small Change Fund for Hamilton Fruit Tree Project


Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is in search of funds for the 2010 season.

The increasing need in our community for access to local, organic,
tasty fruit, the continual expansion of the volunteer list and
generous tree owners wanting their trees and vines harvested make this
project a success but lack of funding decreases the amount of fruit
harvested.

In partnership with Small Change Fund, Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is
looking for donations, big and small! Charitable tax receipts are
available to anyone who makes a donation.

Click this link for more information.

http://smallchangefund.org/projects/hamilton-fruit-tree-project

Thank you in advance for your support!