What is Sudbury Shared Harvest?
In 2013, a group of people started Fruit for All, to connect people having surplus fruit growing on their properties with soup kitchens and other community food programs that serve those in need.
In 2014, the group partnered with Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative to develop the program and in 2016, they began requesting vegetable donations as well. In 2015, volunteers also began planting fruit trees and edible forest gardens in public parks. In the same year, the group registered as a non-profit, calling it Sudbury Shared Harvest. In 2016, the recruited other Sudburians to begin planning Sudbury’s first community food forest. In 2017, the group was registered as a charity by Canada Revenue Agency and worked with volunteers to begin planting the Delki Dozzi Community Food Forest.
In 2019 and 2020, Sudbury Shared Harvest coordinated volunteer involvement in establishing five more edible forest gardens, each much smaller than the first, but spread out across the city. By 2024, we hope to establish at least one in each of Sudbury's 12 wards.
In 2021, we will officially launch our Youth Employment in Agriculture (YEA) program, which has been in development for several years.