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. Half the harvested food will be donated to a service agency or our Anew upcycling program, and the other half will be split between the grower and the volunteer. As a grower, you are actively reducing food waste and food insecurity—it’s good for you, the community, and the environment. Reducing food waste starts at home.
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.
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 exploring collaboration opportunities with Calgary Harvest. You can find out more about Calgary Harvest and their work.
Since its inception in 2020, the Home Harvest program has harvested over 474 lbs. of locally grown food.
Our volunteers harvested rhubarb, lettuce, apples, crabapples, baby tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and beets
The program launched in Edmonton in 2020 and is expanding in Calgary this year
In 2020, The Home Harvest Edmonton program harvested 402 lbs. of food over ﬁve apple harvests.
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.