Our Community’s Latest Urban Agriculture Program
Sometimes homeowners view their fruit as a nuisance. Fallen fruit litters the lawn and attracts animals and insects. But what if the fruit could be seen as a valuable community resource?
The Barrie community has hundreds of trees that could be a valuable source of food for those who need it. FruitShare Barrie has modeled their program after many other fruit sharing programs across North America.
The fruit is harvested from trees on private property by volunteer pickers and shared 3 ways:
- To the tree owners
- To the volunteer pickers
- To local social service agencies such as the Food Bank
See a list of our partners.
- Improve community food security by improving access to fresh local food
- Provide volunteer opportunities for community members
- Enhance neighbourhood well-being by promoting connections and common interests
- Change citizen attitudes with respect to fruit/nut trees (from ornamental or nuisance trees to part of the food system)
- Educate participants on the value and care of their trees (value of edible landscaping)