Gather Around Fruit Program

LRCA Gather Around

Fruit Recovery Project

The Gather Around Fruit Recovery Project is about harvesting fruit that would otherwise be wasted, and finding ways to make use of this great bounty from the earth. The project helps tree owners get their fruit harvested, helps local people learn how to make better use of local fruit, and helps farmers provide feed for their livestock.

Once fruit is harvested, 1/3 is available to the fruit tree owner, 1/3 to community projects, and 1/3 belongs to the harvesters to take home.

If you would like to be involved in our Gather Around Fruit Recovery Project as an owner of unharvested fruit trees, a harvester, or have use for our ground gathered fruit as a farmer, we would love to hear from you.

Want to get involved with this project? Select the link below that best describes your interest:

You want help with harvesting your fruit trees!

You want to harvest and take home local fruit!

You are a farmer looking for windfall fruit for your animals!

If you are not able to use the computer forms, please email Paula for more information.

The LRCA is excited to announce our new Gather Around Fruit Recovery Project which will run from June 17 to October 31, 2019.

Many Thanks to Island Health for their generous Community Wellness grant of nearly $12,000.00.

The project goal is to build lasting self reliance in community members experiencing food insecurity by increasing both access to healthy food and skills for accessing and preserving food. Access will be created by linking owners of unharvested fruit trees with people who could use healthy local fruit through distribution through existing LRCA programs.

Community food skills will be improved through direct, hands- on experience as well as a series of 6 workshops focusing on fruit tree health, harvesting, food preparation, and preserving of the harvest. We have also invited Stz’uminus Elders to educate us in traditional methods of fruit harvest and preservation. Food safe training is included. The workshops will accommodate up to 12 participants, and we will be seeking volunteers for harvesting, kitchen activities and childminding.

The program will build community by partnering fruit tree owners, participants, non- profits, Stz’uminus First nation, and existing LRCA programs. The research and equipment acquired through this program will set the framework for a sustainable gleaning project in the community of Ladysmith

You can learn more about the Island Health Community Wellness Granting Program by following the link below and stay tuned to our page for more details about this project as they become available.


For any other inquiries or donations please contact;
Paula Masyk
Food Security Coordinator
Ladysmith Resource Centre Association
630 - 2nd Ave., PO Box 1653
Ladysmith, BC V9G 1B2
Email Paula