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Toronto’s ‘Not Far From The Tree’

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Pounds of fruit picked in 2013: 22,440 lbs. from 355 trees

Not Far From The Tree puts Toronto’s fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty.

When a homeowner can’t keep up with the abundant harvest produced by their tree, they let us know and we mobilize our volunteers to pick the bounty. The harvest is split three ways: 1/3 is offered to the tree owner, 1/3 is shared among the volunteers, and 1/3 is delivered by bicycle to be donated to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens in the neighbourhood so that we’re putting this existing source of fresh fruit to good use. It’s a win-win-win situation!

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April 24, 2014   Comments Off on Toronto’s ‘Not Far From The Tree’

Urban farming reverses unsustainable practices and cultivates community resources

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Our Harvest Cooperative – Photo: Bobby Gayol.

Sixty-nine percent of Cincinnati residents live 1.5 miles or more from a mainstream grocery store

By Judy George
City Beat
Apr 9, 2014

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For Cincinnati to grow more food, more land must be committed to sustainable production and more farmers need to be trained. Our Harvest, a worker-owned cooperative in College Hill, recently began an incubator farm to work toward that goal.

Last year, Our Harvest grew 45,000 pounds of produce on land it leased in Wooden Shoe Hollow and at the 30-acre Bahr Farm in College Hill, feeding 200 CSA members and supplying fresh vegetables to a variety of retail outlets. In March, it leased 100 more acres to grow food in Morrow.

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April 24, 2014   Comments Off on Urban farming reverses unsustainable practices and cultivates community resources