Tree Canada’s Edible Trees program reconnects people back to their local food sources and builds community.
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Studies suggest that approximately 1 in 12 Canadians have experienced food insecurity, or in other words, the lack of reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food insecurity is often reported alongside poor physical and mental health, and multiple chronic conditions.
By planting edible trees and shrubs, those that produce fruits, nuts, seeds, berries and pods that are safe for human consumption, we can help reconnect people to local food sources and strengthen community.
Nitrogen-fixing plants and edibles suited to wildlife may also be purchased in this program.
“Being a part of Tree Canada’s Edible Tree program has helped us to enhance the lives of the people we support. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the orchard promotes skill development and fosters a sense of being a part of a community for a population that is challenged with social isolation.”
— Anna-Marie Hawkes, Garden Coordinator, Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf and 2018 Edible Trees Grant Recipient
Funding is available to educational institutions, Indigenous communities, community groups or gardens, food banks, community housing projects, municipalities, or other groups interested in planting trees on publicly accessible sites.
From community gardens in Victoria, BC to foraging walls in Charlottetown, PEI, Tree Canada is committed to providing the support and resources needed for planting edible trees and shrubs in communities across Canada.
Up to $3,500 in funding is available per project.
Since 2012, Tree Canada and its sponsors have completed over 220 Edible Trees projects and planted over 19,000 fruit and nut trees in communities across Canada.