Become a fruit picker for the day; help harvest Kaslo’s overabundant fruit for the Kaslo Food Hub and then enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Join in on the innovative approach developed by the Kaslo Food Hub to harvest Kaslo’s overabundant fruit, mitigate the wildlife problems that it generates, and help families in need. After a bit of work, we guarantee you will get to enjoy the fruits of your labour!
We invite you to take part in this food recovery program in the fall harvest months, to roll your sleeves up and get a little dirty for big benefit to Kaslo. Your picking team will help harvest fruit at private properties throughout the town of Kaslo (all picking supplies provided), and before calling it a day you will learn about other wildlife mitigation projects in action on properties around Kaslo. Many landowners have installed electric fencing around their chicken coops and compost bins to eliminate wildlife conflict in their backyards, being creative to eliminate wildlife conflict in their backyards. Win/win for everyone, wild and free. After a bit of workin’ and learnin’ you will be much rewarded. Depending on the type of fruit harvested, you may be treated to freshly squeezed apple juice (from the very apples you just picked!) or plum jam and fresh local bread, or perhaps a succulent pear smoothie. Feel good about helping people in need, and take your picked fruit with you to enjoy for days to come! Join us fall 2018!
Kaslo has a unique and fabled history with fruit. In the early 1900’s, hundreds of pear, plum, apple and cherry trees were planted in the area, laying the groundwork for a very successful fruit ranching industry. Kaslo’s fruit was world-famous! Kaslo cherries won first prize in London, England in 1909 and apples won first prize at the Fruit Exhibition in Chicago in 1912. Many of these trees are still bearing fruit today, and with the fruit ranching hay day long gone, many landowners struggle to pick the fruit available. The fruit spoils left unpicked have created habituated wildlife issues in the past with a perennial smorgasbord of fruit available for deer and Black Bear in particular. Solution: The Kaslo Food Hub Harvest Share Food Recovery program. Not only do landowners get their fruit picked by volunteers, a 1/3 of the pick goes to the landowner, a 1/3 goes to the volunteer harvester, and 1/3 goes to those families who need it in Kaslo—all the while removing the wildlife attractant and keeping both families and wildlife safe. Many landowners have worked in collaboration with programs such as Wild Safe BC (https://wildsafebc.com/) and Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions (https://www.facebook.com/Grizzly-Bear-Solutions) to install fencing or implement mitigation techniques.
Details/Good to Know:
- Both morning and afternoon experiences available
- Length of time: 3.5 hours
- Physical Challenge Rating: moderate
- Families welcome
- Held outdoors
- Good footwear suggested
- Come prepared for heat, bugs, sun, and rain
- Snacks and drinks made with the fruit harvested
- All fruit picking supplies
- Full experience led by experience leaders
- 12 persons max*
- Please contact us for private or special group bookings
- Price: Adult: $65 plus GST | Youth 12 to 16: $ 55 plus GST | Child 6-11: $45 plus GST
*A minimum number of guests from one or multiple groups are required for this experience to be offered. Please see experience small print.