Sue Arndt - Not Far From The Tree


Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

Do you have peaches, pears or plums falling from your trees? Who you gonna call? Sue Arndt will explain how Not Far From the Tree harvests for you and everyone benefits—you, the workers and local food banks! Sue will fill in the details regarding this welcome addition to the sharing economy.


After hearing about Not Far From the Tree, a not for profit organization, I couldn’t stop smiling because of its simple yet charming premise of harvesting and sharing local fruit.
Laura Reinsborough had the idea of raising awareness about the rich bounty from fruit bearing trees and vines that goes unharvested in Toronto’s urban gardens, all in the spirit of sharing and giving back to the community. So, in 2008 she started a registry of homeowners who had fruit trees with fruit to spare, and organized volunteer pickers who were willing to harvest the fruits when ripe. A third of the harvest is offered back to the homeowner while the rest is divided among the pickers themselves, and shelters, food banks and community kitchens.

Now an established and well-run operation, they celebrate the generosity of Torontonians, having picked and shared nearly 128,000 lbs. of fruit since 2008.

This is a great idea that became a great reality.
Mari Lise Stonehouse 

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