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Not Far From The Tree

Not Far From The Tree (NFFTT) is Toronto's fruit picking and sharing charity. We inspire and enable Torontonians to harvest, share, celebrate and steward the bounty of our urban forest as a way to reduce food waste, connect with nature, and increase access to healthy, local food.

Our organization seeks to:
- Activate the abundance of local food from trees in Toronto;
- Increase access to healthy, local food for community members in need;
- Build community by enabling people to work together at a neighbourhood level; and
- Divert food waste and bring attention to matters of food waste in Toronto.

When a homeowner can't keep up with the harvest of their fruit tree, we mobilize volunteers to pick and share the fruit: 1/3 to the homeowner, 1/3 to the volunteers, and 1/3 to a partner agnency in the community, such as a food bank or community kitchen. This work is done using a fleet of cargo bikes.

Since 2008, NFFTT has diverted 160,881 pounds of fruit from the waste stream to be shared amongst community members. NFFTT works with 1,800 tree registrants, 2,000 picking volunteers, 95 lead volunteers, and 35 partner agencies across Toronto.

In 2017, NFFTT led 10 cider pressing workshops at 9 different public parks across Toronto including Wychwood Barns Park, Leslie Grove Park, High Park, Christie Pits Park, Regent Park, Dufferin Grove, Greenwood Park, Jonathan Ashbridge Park and the Spadina Museum. Together these cider pressing events attracted 735 people of all ages.

Parks we work in:

  • Christie Pits
  • Wychwood Barns Park

Things we do:

  • food forest/orchard
  • stewardship

We're looking for volunteers in these areas:

  • Regular volunteers

Where you can find us

  • 601 Christie Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Get in touch!