It’s been a while since we’ve gushed about Not Far From The Tree.
If you are unfamiliar with this awesome Toronto non-profit, here’s the Coles Notes version of what they do:
- They find home owners who have fruit trees on private properties (who are often a little frustrated with their tree – too much food for one person and a lawn full of apples has to be cleared before one can cut the grass).
- The find volunteers to harvest the tree.
- One-third of the fruit goes to charity (food banks and shelters who are often short of food and almost always short of fresh fruit), one-third to the owner and the remaining to the volunteers.
- Most of the fruit is now distributed by bicycle power.
They picked more than 8,000 pounds last year. That’s an abundance of free fruit and while it’s Toronto-based those of you who are in other places could find a similar arrangement by talking with your neighbors. I don’t know a single person who uses all of their fruit from a single tree (it can actually be overwhelming).
Speaking of Not Far From the Tree is organizing an annual fundraiser to get the year off to a running start. While they are always looking for volunteers, they are also looking for funding to help secure the time and materials for these harvests as well as their educational campaigns, public events and workshops.
The fundraiser takes shape in the form of a film screening and party. Tickets are a very reasonable $15 and those who purchase them in advance will benefit from a free drink ticket. Knowing that Chef Sharon Bergey (Jamie Kennedy Kitchens) has come up with a theme-inspired cocktail means that these tickets will be well worth having!
I should also mention that each encounter we’ve had with NFFTT has been full of friendly people who have been a whole lot of fun. There will likely be some lively discussion after the film and a lot of friendly people to share the experience with.
Here’s the details:
THE GLEANING SCREENING
Thursday, May 20th
At The Toronto Underground Cinema
186 Spadina Ave, entrance off Cameron Street, just north of Queen St W
Doors open at 6:30
Screening at 7:30
Reception following the film.
Advance tickets are $15 and include a cocktail
Tickets available for online purchase (http://guestlistapp.com/events/20325) or by calling (416) 908-3022.
Hope you enjoy – we’re going to try to make it out – send us a message here or on Twitter if you are going and we’d love to say hi.
We started this series of posts in response to many things – an undeniable motivator (as previously shared) was the focus on poverty and eating well and a particular scene in Food, Inc which spoke to the cost of good food vs. `filler`. The entire series of affordable approaches to good food is here.