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Community Orchard program comes to fruit-ition

August 13, 2015

In one year, 114 fruit-bearing trees will remove 8.08 tonnes of CO2 from the air and filter 100 litres of storm water. This is the impact this year’s Community Orchards will have on our environment.

Community Orchards were planted by REAP and Enactus Calgary this past Sunday at two Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) apartment buildings, Acadia Community Garden & Art Society, and Grow Calgary.

The fruit harvested from the trees and shrubs at the CHF sites will go towards feeding the formerly homeless tenants in these buildings.

REAP was joined at the CHF buildings by the owners of four of the seven REAP businesses who donated the plants. Gaurav Gupta from Leela Eco Spa and Studio, Mark van Engelen from Nya Sustainability, Matt Mayer from Conscious Brands, Aman and Stephanie Adatia from Eat Naaco (who also provided lunch to the volunteers) were all there, among the CHF residents getting their hands dirty. Neal’s Yard Remedies, Yummi Yogis and Greengate Garden Centres were also contributors to this year’s program.


“We are proud to be involved in the community orchards program. It is one of the optimum ways to give back to the environment and the community in one initiative,” says Gaurav.


Also in attendance were 15 volunteers from Enactus Calgary -- a volunteer-run community of business leaders and university students, finding communities in need and using entrepreneurial action to benefit them.


“[The Community Orchards] aligns with our values because it empowers these individuals to manage their own space and their own food.” says Scott Radford, Faculty Advisor for the U of C chapter of Enactus.


Sue Fortune, Director of Abbeydale Place, says that horticultural programs are very therapeutic for clients.

The driving force for the Community Orchards was a request for assistance from Eat Naaco’s Aman and Stephanie, who in 2012 made a commitment to plant one tree for every 500 meals they served through their mobile food business. Through collaboration with REAP and its partners, the program has evolved to plant fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in under-served communities to simultaneously beautify Calgary neighbourhoods while offsetting businesses’ carbon footprint.


“Thanks to the leadership of [Eat Naaco] who brought us this opportunity, Community Orchards help REAP businesses to reduce their environmental impact by creating lasting assets for Calgary communities in need,” says Stephanie Jackman, Founder of REAP.

“We’re proud to have facilitated the donation of 200 trees for the creation of eight orchards since 2013.”


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Click to learn more about Calgary Homeless Foundation, Acadia Community Garden & Art Society, Grow Calgary and Enactus Calgary.
To learn more about the other amazing initiatives this year’s donors have undertaken - Leela Eco Spa and Studio, Nya Sustainability, Conscious Brands, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Yummi Yogis, Eat Naaco, and Greengate Garden Centre’s – visit their profiles on our business directory.

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Featured Event

REAP's 6th annual Food For Thought

Sept. 27, 2015 - Sept. 27, 2015

Hotel Arts
119 - 12 Ave SW
Calgary

REAP is proud to host its 6th annual FOOD FOR THOUGHT event to celebrate local, sustainable food and farmers! This harvest celebration brings together citizens, producers, retailers and chefs for a fun afternoon of food sampling, live music, learning and conversation. Taste the local difference at a variety of local food and beverage sampling stations and learn directly from chefs and farmers about why local food and sustainable growing practices make a difference! Our theme this year emphasizes thought. In partnership with NeuroTrition, we’ll be showcasing local, organic ingredients that improve brain function. Learn through two live cooking demonstrations - with neuro-scientist/nutritionist Orsha Magyar - how even comfort foods can be good for you when they are made with local, certified organic ingredients from Highwood Crossing, Poplar Bluff Organics, Top of the Mountain Beef and Winter's Turkeys! 1:45-2:15 pm Orsha & Chef Kelsey from NeuroTrition 2:45-3:15 pm Orsha & Executive Chef Jan Hansen from Hotel Arts This is a family-friendly event so bring along your young locavores in training. Kids aged 3-12 will enjoy activities with Bundles of Energy, Liliana's Ecorations, Little Hippies and Poppy Innovations. Your admission includes delicious local food and beverages from: Avatara Pizza & Village Flatbread Company Boxwood & Eden Project & Top Grass Cattle Co. Caffe Beano & Bruce's Beez Carmen Creek Charcut & Souto Farms Community Natural Foods Sunflower Cafe & Spragg's Meat Shop CRAFT restaurant + beer market Culinary Skills & Nutrition & Top of the Mountain Beef Eau Claire Distillery Family Freezed & Drizzle Raw Local Honey Farm & Silver Sage Beef Greens, Eggs & Ham & Made Foods Last Best Brewing Company & Grand Trunk Veggies Little Tucker & The Light Cellar Meez & Gull Valley Greenhouses Our Daily Brett & Seasons Harvest Seeds to Greens Spirit Hills The Spice Chica & Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage The Tea Factory & Happy Belly Kombucha Twisted Tortes & Highwood Crossing Vie Cafe & True Buch Village Brewery Wild & Raw & Fiasco Gelato Yellow Door Bistro & Broek Pork Acres And engaging displays from these community partners: Alternate Root YYC Bridgeland Riverside Farmer's Market Calgary Farmers' Market Community Kitchen Program of Calgary Dr. Marianne Trevorrow, ND Green Calgary Grow Calgary LeftOvers YYC Mealshare NeuroTrition COST: Adult tickets (13+): $31 in advance or $41 at the door. Kids tickets (3-12): $16 in advance only. Get your tickets now for 25% off! Visit: http://reap2015foodforthought.eventbrite.ca *Please note*: Advance ticket sales close at 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 26th and all sales are final. Tickets purchased at the door on September 27th will increase to $41 for adults. 25% Calgary Dollars will be accepted at the door only. This event is made possible by the generous support of Community Natural Foods, First Calgary Financial, Hotel Arts and NeuroTrition. It's also part of National Organic Week (September 19-27, 2015) and is Bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity.
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