Monday, August 30, 2010

Neighourhood fruit gleaning

This week we have been processing apples and pears, gleaned from the backyards of neighbours.  The pears arrived on our doorstep without us even needing to search for them!  Already picked, perfectly ripened, they were grown in the yard of a 70+ year old neighbour who has been pruning and tending his pear trees for decades.  He preferred to pick them himself, but needed to find homes for them to be used. We were more than happy to welcome the bushel into our home, in exchange for freshly baked bread and the promise to bring him a taste of something we make with the pears.  Seemed more than fair to us!  There are many urban fruit tree gleaning/harvesting projects across North America, some of which we've written about before.  These are wonderful ways to use up the bountiful often abandoned fruits that are available throughout our cities.  Check out: 
Not Far From the Tree (Toronto, ON)
Life Cycles Fruit Tree Project (Victoria, BC)
Portland Fruit Tree Project (Portland, OR)
Community Fruit Tree Project (Berkeley, CA)

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