(April 8, 2014 – Ottawa, On.) – Tree Canada is proud to announce its 20 winners for the third installment of its very popular Edible Trees program.

Supported by Loblaw, Silk, and TELUS, Edible Trees provides grants of up to $4,000 to municipalities, schools, and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain fruit and nut trees.

“Fruit and nut trees do more than just clean the air and beautify our neighbourhoods,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “The trees planted will become valuable sources of healthy food for these communities.”

“At Silk we believe plant-based nutrition is a better, more sustainable way to feed people and the planet,” said Valerie Fleck, Vice President of Whitewave Foods in Canada. “The Edible Trees program fits perfectly with our mission and we are thrilled 20 communities can benefit in 2014.”

The increasing popularity of this program can be seen by the substantial applications that were sent to Tree Canada, of which the following 20 community groups were selected:

  • Alliance Alimentaire Papineau, Saint-André-Avellin, QC
  • Conseil régional de l’environnement (CRE) Mauricie, Mauricie, QC
  • Les amis de la montagne, Montréal, QC
  • Ville en Vert, Montréal, QC
  • Au coin de ma rue, une forêt qui nourrit, Québec, QC
  • Regional District of Central Okanagan, Okanagan, BC
  • Township of Langley, Langley, BC
  • The Valley Permaculture Guild, Chilliwack, BC
  • Immigrant Integration Farming Co-op, Winnipeg, MB
  • Healthy Communities Association of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
  • Town of High Level, High Level, AB
  • Green Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • Nourish and Develop Foundation, Cannington, ON
  • Niagara College Sustainability Committee, Niagara Falls, ON
  • Township of Russell, Russell, ON
  • Roots to Harvest, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Centre Agapè Centre, Cornwall, ON
  • Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Halifax, NS
  • Community Forests International, Sackville, NB
  • Town of Stratford, Stratford, PEI

Tree Canada:

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that works with sponsors, donors, and communities to plant and care for rural and urban trees, promotes urban forests in Canada, and facilitates carbon offset projects with trees. To date, more than 80 million trees have been planted, more than 460 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 10 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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Richard Walker
Director of Communications and Program Development
Tree Canada
Tel: +1 613 567 5545 ext 224
E-mail: rwalker@treecanada.ca