Our volunteers harvest excess food from fruit trees and vegetable gardens, ensuring nothing goes to waste.
—Home Harvest is an innovative program that targets food waste in our own backyards.
The Home Harvest program allows for community members with gardens or fruit trees to have their produce harvested, while also increasing access locally grown food. We recognize that it can be extremely difficult to obtain access to land to grow food these days and believe that everyone should have equal access to locally grown food. A minimum of half of each harvest will be donated to a service agency. Volunteers who are harvesting food have the opportunity to keep the other half of the donation. This opens up access to those who might not otherwise be able to access it.
If the volunteer doesn’t want any, they can donate their half to the receiving service agency as well.
Volunteering to harvest food is free to anyone, and volunteers will have the ability to take home some food. You can start volunteering by downloading our Rescue Food App.
Would you like to donate your harvest?
Already Signed Up as a Grower? Login to Set Up a Harvest or Pickup!
In Edmonton, Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton has handed over backyard fruit rescue to the Home Harvest program. You can find out more about the partnership and find more information about OFRE’s continued programming.
In Calgary, Leftovers is partnering with Calgary Harvest to maximize food harvest and rescue potential in our community together.
Since its inception in 2020, the Home Harvest program has harvested over 4061 lbs. of locally grown food.
Our volunteers harvested rhubarb, lettuce, apples, crabapples, baby tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and beets in 2021
The program launched in 2020 in Calgary and Edmonton and is expanding this year.
In 2021, 3,185 pounds of fruit were harvested in Edmonton and Calgary
The Home Harvest program relies on the generosity of neighbours just like you. If you have any excess food in your own yard, from fruit trees, gardens, or plants, sign up as a grower and donate some of your harvest.