Saturday, 23 September 2017

The 2017 season is all wrapped up!

Wow! That may have been the hottest/dryest season for Fruit for Thought yet!  The poor apple trees didn't like the heat and lack of rain too much so it was a tough season but we did the best we could.

We had 35 wonderful volunteers that came to harvest apples, crabapples, cherries and grapes!
We harvested 23 yards throughout Regina and White City. Volunteers picked an estimated 2600 pounds of fruit. We had some fantastic volunteers that came out from Regina Open Door Society! This year we collected all the wasted fruit and brought it to the South Zone Community Garden for composting thanks to our grant from EcoFriendly Saskatchewan.

The majority of fruit was donated directly to 19 different organizations in Regina. Some of the apples and cherries were kept for three preserving sessions that we hosted during the season. This year, we received a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund to host preserving sessions in some of the communities that benefit from the donations. The purpose was to work as partners with the community, particularly parents of young children in communities that have food access challenges, to learn how to prepare and preserve fresh fruit to encourage year- round healthy eating. We hosted two of these sessions through the North Central Community Association and the participants had tons of fun! The volunteers made cherry jam, applesauce, apple conserve and frozen cherries and got to keep as much as they wanted and the rest was distributed to the rest of the community.  It was a great experience for all involved! Thank you to the staff of Affinity Credit Union who came out to another preserving session and made tons of cherry and pie filling to donate. Check out our photos on facebook and instagram!

As always, a big thank you to our homeowners who donate their trees and to our regular funder, the Regina Public Interest Research Group.

Best of luck to Alicia our volunteer coordinator for the last two years who is off to graduate school in Ontario!

We had a great year and looking forward to next year!

If you are interested in getting on our volunteer list for next year, send us an email!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summer 2017 is here and we are ready for a big season!

Fruit for Thought is looking forward to another great season of fruit harvesting and preserving. Lots of apples of course but also rhubarb, cherries, grapes, pears and who knows what else we will find!

Alicia our project coordinator is back for another season and we are so thankful for her help.  Look for her posts on social media.

We are excited about starting our new composting initiative thanks to funding from EcoFriendly Sask.

We are also pleased to announce that we received another grant from the Community Initiatives Fund to help us do preserving sessions right in the communities we are trying to reach with our donations. We are excited about this new part of our organization.

We are always looking for more volunteers, especially harvest coordinators so if you have a night or two to come out and help us in the beautiful Saskatchewan summer weather, contact us at and we will get your name on the list for all the info!

Look forward to seeing you out this summer and watch for further updates from us!