Is it really Fruit Picking Time already? Has it been almost a year? We’re looking forward to another great harvest season in Richmond – hope you are too!
For those of you who are new to the Fruit Tree Project, let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Geoff Snell and I’ll be co-ordinating the harvests again this season.
As we continue to refine our gleaning program, I’d like try a couple of small changes to the volunteering this year. It would help a lot to have folks email me if they think they can make out for a particular pick. Not to say I don’t want to see everyone’s smiling faces, but some trees require only a couple of people, where others will require many. Knowing who can make it out will really help to organise our labour for maximum benefit.
Realistically we should only need 2 to 4 volunteers per tree, depending on the size of the tree in question. So when we have enough people signed up for a particular pick, I’ll send out a quick email letting everyone know, and that way if you miss one you can always sign up for the next.
I’m hoping to set up a schedule for regular picks like we’ve done in previous years, (having one or two a week on specific days, depending on interest and fruit availability.) However, as there is not yet enough ripe fruit to do this, (but hopefully there will be soon,) for the next little while I’d like to have the picks on an “as needed” basis.
However if you just can’t wait to get at it, there is an “as needed” pick I’d like to do tomorrow, Sunday August 7 at 11:00 a.m. We’ve a couple of Transparent Apple trees that are ready for gleaning right now.
The first is at:
1st pick : 3691 Williams Road, (West of No.1 Rd, on the NW corner of Elkmond Rd & Williams Rd.)
– Parking is available on Elkmond, (as the bus stop is right in front on Williams.)
and afterwards going to:
2nd pick : 10500 No. 4 Road (Just North of Steveston Hwy. On the East side of No. 4 Rd.)
– This isn’t a huge tree, but as long as we’re out with the ladders I’d like to try and squeeze it in.
As mentioned, if you think you can come and help out, please drop me a quick e-mail.
That’s all for now, as always if anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestion, please feel free to contact me.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Thanks lots, and talk with you all again soon!
Fruit Picking Co-ordinator
Richmond Food Security Society
778-234-0203 (msg line)
“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it; and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied; and it is all one.”
– M. F. K. Fisher (The Art of Eating)
Links to Maps:
1st Pick Location:
2nd Pick Location: