Harvest Share offers the Barrie region the opportunity to share products and information on food sustainability – Barrie

A special type of community gathering is taking place this weekend in Barrie, Ontario, giving residents the opportunity to trade and share the produce they grow and learn how to preserve them in the future.

The annual Harvest Share takes place this Saturday at Lampman Lane Park from 10am to 1pm.

“If anyone has a backyard garden, has extra fruit and veg to donate, or someone needs to come to put extra fruit and veg on the table, they are welcome to come and share from our Community Share Table, too,” said Sarah Herr , Project Manager at Living Green Barrie.

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“The main point of this is really about sharing food, wasting less food, eating our plants and just bringing the community together.”

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People can participate by donating their leftover vegetables and flower seeds to the group’s communal table, or by trading produce with other local gardeners.

Living Green Barrie harvests fruit from community apple trees.

Supplied by Living Green Barrie

Living Green Barrie harvests fruit from community apple trees.

Supplied by Living Green Barrie

Earlier this week, volunteers went to local homes with nearby fruit trees to pick them. Herr said the fruit would be canned and then donated to the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.

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City View Urban Farms will also show people how to use tower gardens for small spaces, and there will be demonstrations on long-term food preservation, an ancient cider process, plant-based recipes and children’s activities.

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“If you have questions about canning, there’s a canning expert on site because one of the goals of this event is also to reduce food waste,” Herr said.

With rising food prices worrying many people, Herr says there is an opportunity for residents to learn about some food programs and ways to preserve food longer.

“We really just want to bring the community together and get the message out to people to eat more plants for the climate and we’re just trying to share information about food security in our community and we’re trying to help with this issue” said mr.


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