What We Do | Community Orchards
The Community Orchard Project is a collaboration between REAP and Enactus Calgary.
It began in 2012 when Eat Naaco asked REAP for assistance planting 50 trees in order to cut the carbon emissions of its mobile food business. REAP suggested that Eat Naaco donate fruit bearing trees in lower income areas of the city to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and food insecurity while beautifying public spaces.
In the spring of 2013, with the help of International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone and Greengate Garden Centres, four community orchards were planted in the greater Forest Lawn area in Calgary.
When REAP shared the story of Eat Naaco’s donation with other businesses in the network, more local businesses wanted to help. In fact, the program has tripled year over year since its inception. With limited resources to manage complex site approvals and multiple stakeholders, REAP reached out to Enactus Calgary for help. This University of Calgary chapter of Enactus Worldwide - a community of 60,000 student, academic, and business leaders enabling sustainable progress through entrepreneurial action - agreed to a 5-year partnership to bring the project to its’ full potential.
Now with environmental and social impact reporting, strategic community partnerships with Calgary Homeless Foundation and Grow Calgary, and a student support team, REAP and Enactus Calgary are harnessing the generosity of local businesses to create lasting community assets. To date, the following REAP businesses have contributed 638 trees and shrubs for the creation of 16 Community Orchards around Calgary:
- BluPlanet Recycling
- Conscious Brands
- Dolan Wealth Management
- Eat Naaco
- Fiasco Gelato
- GOOD Company
- Greengate Garden Centres
- ICE Canada
- Leela Eco Spa
- Market 17 Organic Grocery Store
- Mosaic Communications
- Neal's Yard Remedies
- Nya Sustainability Consulting
- Social Sesame
- Sunnyside Natural Market
- True Buch Kombucha
- Yummi Yogis
You can support Community Orchards too! When you purchase blueberry rooibos bottled kombucha from True Buch Kombucha at select retailers, 50 cents from each bottle sold will be donated to this program. Click here for the full story.