Calgary Harvest is an organization dedicated to turning a fallen fruit problem into a local food solution.  Calgary Harvest started in 2009 with the harvest of a single tree. Our founder and current committee member, Adrian Buckley, was biking down his back alley and spied a beautiful apple tree. He got so excited by the fruit, he immediately knocked on the door and asked if he could have some. From this first tree and inspired by other fruit harvesting organizations across Canada and the US, we grew to 100 trees harvested in 2010.  Since 2011, Calgary Harvest has operated on a community scale, with neighbourhood coordinators organizing harvests. There are numerous types of fruit grown locally in Calgary; including apples, pears, plums, cherries, berries of all kinds, and even apricots when the weather is right. The fruit is divided amongst volunteers, home owners, Calgary Harvest and community groups. Calgary Harvest is an autonomous committee of the Permaculture Calgary Guild.

There are a lot of other organizations just like us in cities all across Canada. If you are looking for an fruit harvesting organization in your community, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you can find links to some of our sister organizations.

Vision Statement

A future where Calgarians work together to embrace urban fruit.

Mission Statement

  • To build strong community by coordinating harvests to connect Calgarians through their urban fruit.
  • To create awareness of the abundance of delicious urban fruit.
  • To facilitate opportunities for Calgarians to creatively use urban fruit through education and skill building.

Organizing Committee

Currently our Committee is made up of 4 people passionate about local food and urban fruit. The members include:

Adrian Buckley – Founder and Equipment Manager (Rentals)

Kristin Chow – Volunteer Organization and Communications & Events

Christina Pickles – Committee Chair and Volunteer Organization (currently a PCG Board Member)

Kate Stenson – Communications & Events

If you have any questions about our organization or if you’d like to partner with us, please contact us at chharvests@gmail.com. If you are interested in volunteering or coordinating a harvest please connect with us through our  Volunteer page.

Similar Organizations

British Columbia

Vancouver – Vancouver Fruit Tree Project

Victoria – Victoria Fruit Tree Project 

Alberta

Edmonton – Operation Fruit Rescue

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon  – Out of Your Tree

Regina – Fruit for Thought

Manitoba

Winnipeg – Fruit Share

Ontario

Toronto – Not Far From the Tree

Mississauga – Mississauga Fruit Tree

Hamilton – Hamilton Fruit Tree Project 

Ottawa – Hidden Harvest

Quebec

Montreal – Les jardins suspendus

Newfoundland

St. John’s – St. John’s Fruit Tree Project

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