We believe in providing opportunities for community members to connect around local food production, dignified access to food for those who are experiencing food insecurity, reducing food waste and promoting environmental stewarship.
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The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project has been cultivating community through local food since 2012. Our food security organization runs programs to help alleviate hunger, reduce food waste, and provide a safe and non-stigmatizing opportunity for anyone in our community to participate in and learn about our local food system. Through our farming program our volunteers grow delicious vegetables and herbs. Through our gleaning program our volunteers harvest produce like fruits, vegetables, and sometimes nuts that would otherwise be wasted from farms, orchards and backyards in the Okanagan. The produce harvested through both our programs are shared with over 50 schools and social service agencies in the Central and South Okanagan! Children, youth, seniors, people with health conditions or a diversability, new immigrants, single-parent families and more all benefit from increased access to healthy fruits and vegetables. Our volunteers get to experience a healthy, fun, inclusive, educational experience and they get to take home some of the harvest. It's a win-win-win for all involved!
This year, access to healthy fruits and vegetables is more important than ever as more people in our community find themselves without enough money to buy food. Each dollar donated helps us grow or glean at least three pounds of produce to share among some of the most vulnerable people in our community! Your donation causes a ripple effect in that it also helps out all the agencies and schools we support because they are able to stretch their food programming budgets further which means they can do more as well. Farmers and orchardists who often face financial challenges receive a tax receipt for their large produce donations which means any impacts from a tough growing season are partially reduced. This means that your financial donation supports a lot of different people and organizations in your community. Talk about bang for your buck!
WOHOO! First West Foundation is proud to provide grants through the Valley First Community Endowment. Thank you for supporting the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society this year. $10,000 will go towards our programs in the Central and South Okanagan. Here is a photo of our harvest from last season. Here's to another :)
Our veggie plot at Helen's Acres is growing by the day! So far we have already harvested lettuce, strawberries, radishes and swiss chard! The fresh vegetables are going to all sorts of organizations in the valley. The latest organization to connect with us is Hands in Service where we will be donating fresh vegetables for their weekly food hampers.
What a perfect day at the farm! We planted out 8 rows of onions, spread out some mulch, and layed down more irrigation lines. We have some seriously incredible volunteers who practised social distancing while enjoying and fresh air. ❤️❤️
A special thank you to Helen's Acres Community Farm for providing us an half acre for another season to run our community farm program!
Now more than ever, we need to get in the dirt and start planting vegetables for those in need. It is up to us to make a difference in our local food sustainability. Exciting News! The Central Okanagan Community Farm Society is now part of the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society. We are currently preparing the irrigation on our vegetable farms to start planting this weekend. We will be planting 72 rows of veggies this season on our Kelowna farm and more out in Winfield. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer and have the opportunity to take home vegetables in exchange for your help, please contact us! No prior experience or minimum hours required. Get involved today and help feed the valley. Produce is donated to numerous local non-profits and charities.
We are proud to support the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society with a $10,000 Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment for their Okanagan Gleaning expansion into the community of Oliver. Thanks for having us, we had a blast picking apples! Demand for fresh fruit and vegetables grows with each season and partner organizations work to support their food insecure clients with nutritious food. This program offers a fun, inclusive, healthy, educational and flexible community building experience while the diversity of volunteers continues to astound. The Society finds a way for all to be involved if they want to be and we absolutely love that!