the team Director Laura Reinsborough Program Manager Laurel Atkinson Community Arts Intern Robin Newman* Field Coordinators 2010 Pollie Marziali, Marc Michalak, Beau Phelps, When this whole adventure got going, Chris Sharp, Alana Wortsman I had never picked fruit from a tree 2009 before. It was 2007 and I found myself Carlton Allen, Laurel Atkinson, organizing an apple harvest at Spadina Marc Michalak, Marnie Saskin Museum’s heritage orchard. And now, 2008just four years later, that little adventure has turned into a much- Laura Reinsboroughloved project that has captured the hearts and imaginations of Supreme Gleanersso many Torontonians. Kate Atkinson, Val Colden, Paula Coutinho,Not Far From The Tree’s first full season was launched in 2008. Barry Espin, Heather Kilner, Sarah Lambert,Since then we have picked over 30,000 lbs of fruit, engaged Alexandra McLellan, Lisa Pitman,over 700 volunteers, and donated fresh fruit to 25 food banks, Tyler Seguin, Dena Warman, Silvia Yeeshelters, and community kitchens. VolunteersIt has been an incredible journey. On a personal level, I have Too many amazing people to mention.met so many of my neighbours and become more rooted in my (You know who you are. Thank you.)community. I have had my eyes opened to the sheer abundance Not Far From The Tree has beenof fruit that grows between the stitches of our urban fabric. a project of The Catalyst CentreI see the city in a whole new way, inspired by the fertile soil Chair Sally Millerbeneath my feet. Directors Clare Nobbs, Katharine RankinNot Far From The Tree is a collective effort, now with hundreds Executive Director Chris Cavanaghof volunteers, a dedicated staff team, willing homeowners, Contact Informationand a growing list of donors who are lending their support. Not Far From The TreeWe have made visible an urban orchard in Toronto – teeming 139-639 Dupont St.with 1.5 million lbs of fruit every year. Armed with this fresh Toronto, ON M6G 1Z4perspective of our city, we are making change in meaningful firstname.lastname@example.org. Congrats and thank you to all who are making this happen! 647.774.PICK (7425)In fruitful solidarity, www.notfarfromthetree.org Not Far From The Tree is now a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society a registered Canadian charityLaura Reinsborough, Founder & Director BN 13056 0188 RR0001Not Far From The Tree *Funded through generous support from theI am delighted to announce that we have now become a project George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundationof Tides Canada Initiatives Society, a national charity that will Thanks to FoodShare Toronto for providingprovide us with exceptional administrative support while we Not Far From The Tree with office space in 2010.focus on the project at hand. An enormous thank you goes to Design: elevenideas.caThe Catalyst Centre which acted as our parent charity who took Cover Photo: Reena Newmanus under their wing for our first few years. Creative Contributors: Lindsay Campbell Gregory Alan Elliot Dana Harrison
“There should be something like Not Far From The Tree in every city. We need this new kind of thinking to rediscover our place in nature and live more lightly on the planet.” ~ Dr. David Suzuki
awards and accoladesReceived an Urban LeadershipAward from the CanadianUrban Institute (2010)Featured in the inauguralseason of GreenHeroes TV (2010)Profiled in former TorontoMayor David Miller’s bookWitness to a City (2010)Named a Hometown HeroesAward Finalist from Earth DayCanada (2010)Founder Laura Reinsboroughdescribed as a “local hero”by Village Post Magazine (2010)and a “local food visionary”by The Toronto Star (2010)Laura featured as “We’ve gotour eye on...” in ChatelaineMagazine (2009)Named as 1 of “50 Reasonsto Love Toronto Now” byToronto Life Magazine (2009)Received an EnvironmentalAward of Excellence fromthe City of Toronto (2009)
Not Far From The Treeensures that Toronto’sfruit is picked and shared.This simple act has profound impact.Not Far From The Tree promotes:*local food*urban ecology*hands-on community action
volunteers By the end of 2010, Not Far From The Tree had amassed a crew of 700 volunteers – and counting! There is an overwhelming amount of interest and enthusiasm for Torontonians to lend a hand, climb a tree, and have a taste of our urban fruit. The organization is growing quickly to make sure that every interested volunteer has a chance to participate.supreme gleaners are the core volunteers who go above and beyond to makethe magic of Not Far From The Treehappen. They are specially-trained to lead picks and ensure the fruit is delivered to the social service agencies.
fruit tree owners Across the city, property owners have registered their fruit trees with Not Far From The Tree in order to sharethe abundant harvest. Those located within Not Far From The Tree’s current operating area have had the chance to have their trees picked, while the rest wait patiently for the organization to expand city-wide. During the 2010 season, approximately 1/4 of the registered trees were within the catchment area where Not Far From The Tree was picking.
In 2010, Not Far From The Tree partnered with 25 social servicesocial service agencies agencies, serving over 8000 people throughout the season. Community Care East York Not Far From The Tree donates Eastview Community Centre 1/3 of each harvest to social service FoodShare agencies – like food banks, shelters, Glen Rhodes United Church and community kitchens – right here in the neighbourhood where the fruit is Humewood House harvested. It’s hard to get fresh and NaMeRes healthy food - especially fruit - when PARC (Parkdale Activity money is tight. Quality of life is greatly Recreation Centre) enhanced for those receiving fruit PNC (Parkdale Neighbourhood Church) from Not Far From The Tree. Romero House Sagatay Scadding Court Community Centre Sistering South Riverdale Community Health Centre St. Anne’s Parish Foodbank St. John Mission St. Stephen’s Community House The Green Barn at The Stop Community Food Centre The Mustard Seed The Riverdale Food Working Group The Scott Mission The Shoelace Collective The Stop Community Food Centre Woodbine Heights Food Bank Woodgreen Community Services Wychwood Open Door
“I honestly think that Not Far From The Tree is one of the best things to happen to Toronto in the last ten years.” ~ Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare
Since Not Far From The Treebegan, we’ve participated what’s more...in 100+ events: In 2010 we added a new crop to our harvest: maple syrup!Harvest Wednesday Tastings Syrup in the City is our way of celebrating the urban forestat the Gladstone Hotel by bringing the magic of the sugar bush to the heart ofThe Leslieville Tree Festival the city. Culminating in a sugaring off over the campfire at Dufferin Grove Park, this program has become aPlanet in Focus Film Festival highly-anticipated, sweet success.Colborne Lodge Harvest Festival 2011 2010A Cherry Tasting Adventurewith Slow Food Toronto * 15 maple trees were tapped * 10 maple trees were tappedThe Ministry of Natural Resource’s Urban * 92L of sap was donated * 70L of sap was donated from 6 trees from 8 treesBiodiversity Conference at the ROM * 400 people attended * 150 people attendedThe Picnic at the Brickworks our sugaring off event our sugaring off eventHarbourKIDS Harvest Festivalat Harbourfront CentreThe Strawberries & Asparagus FestivalGreenest City’s Food, Earth,& Culture FestivalThe Live Green Toronto FestivalThe Royal Agricultural Winter FairWe’ve also hosted a fewof our own:Edible Tree Tours in partnershipwith LEAFSpring Blossom Festivalat Spadina MuseumOur very own City Cider installationas an official part of Toronto’sNuit BlancheThe Gleaning ScreeningHandpickedSyrup in the City Sugaring Offat Dufferin Grove Park...and more than 20 preserving workshops “Not Far From the Tree is an innovative, citizen-led collective. It is good for the environment, good for health - and helps build communities in many ways.” ~ David Miller, Mayor of Toronto (2003-2010)
the urban orchard In Tucked in backyards and along alleyways, strewn throughout ravinesand beside city boulevards, Toronto is teeming with fruit trees. A single tree can produce abeautiful bounty of fruit, even more than one household can handle. Strung together, these trees form an urban orchard. It is estimated that 1.5 million pounds of fruit are grown every year in Toronto, within city limits
name addresscity/town province postal code thankphone number you! $50 $75 $100 $150 another amount *Cheques payable to: Tides Canada Initiatives Society - Not Far From The Tree
Condensed statement of financial position for the year ending 31 December 2010Income $Foundations 56,400.00Special events 1,520.00Government grants 62,082.90Cash donations & merchandise sales 5,927.15Total Income 131,165.05Expenses $Conference fees 386.24Equipment rental 395.99GST expense 1,056.05Insurance 1,768.49Office, telephone & internet 2,202.69Professional fees 1,487.50Program expense 12,293.40Outreach & project events 2,524.13Project consulting 64,913.88Project facilitator 24,373.79Project supplies & services 13,883.53Project promotion 5,616.03Total 130,901.72Net Income 263.33
Not Far From The Tree (2008-2010) was made possible by: Fruit-Bearing Donors ($10,000+) ided Live Green Toronto With support prov Ontario. Community Investment Progra The George Cedric Metca by the govern ment of m Charitable Foundation lf Blossoming Donors ($1000-$9,999) Budding Donors ($25-$999) Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler Derek Smith Leah Bobet Andre Vallillee Ellen Field Marisa Mazzulla Andrea Toole Elsa Fancello Melanie McRae Anonymous Fiona Mansfield Meredith Hayes Anonymous (in honour of Brendan and Val) Michael Duschesne Anonymous Geoffrey Singer Nelly Auster Young Antonietta Curcio Hani Abushomar Orion Wilson (in memory of Katherine Turner) Janet McKay Peggy Lucas Carolyn Bailey Jennifer Freudenthal Peter Spinato Christopher Chopik Joan Ouellette Rachel Climenhaga Clare Mauro Jode and Carol Roberts Reid BodleyConan MacLean and Malgosia Halliop Joe Mihevc Rhona Phillips Carniol Dana Harrison Judith Weinstein Risa Alyson Cooper David Ley June Komisar Saleem Hall Dawn Desjardins Laura Collins Val Colden Deborah Mesher Laura Hatcher Yvonne Howard
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