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 access to the variety or quantity of food needed due to lack of money. The inability to access healthy and nutritious food is often reported alongside poor health, multiple chronic conditions, long-term physical and mental disabilities, and major depression.
By planting edible trees and shrubs, those that produce fruits, nuts, seeds, berries and pods that suit human taste, we reconnect people back to their local food sources and build community.
“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
Tree Canada supports community-based projects throughout Canada, such as those with educational institutions, First Nations communities, municipalities, community groups or gardens, food banks and community housing projects. 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 120 Edible Trees projects and planted over 10,000 fruit and nut trees in communities across Canada.