Calgary Harvest works to gather backyard bounties

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Harvest Calgary founder Adrian Buckley, gathering in a city yard, says the group has completed 40 harvests this year. (Helen Pike/CBC - image credit)
Harvest Calgary founder Adrian Buckley, gathering in a city yard, says the group has completed 40 harvests this year. (Helen Pike/CBC - image credit)

Calgary yards are filled with food, but for many the prospect of picking and processing hundreds of fresh fruits is daunting.

That's where Calgary Harvest comes in.

The organization started back in 2009, with the goal of connecting backyard produce with those interested in eating it — splitting the bounty between the homeowner, picker and charities.

Founder Adrian Buckley says the group has completed 40 harvests this year — a record — and if all goes well, it could harvest another 20.

Buckley wants to build on that momentum.

"We have about 400 trees registered," he said.

"We can get out to about 10 per cent of those every year, and we want to make that percentage much larger."

Calgary Harvest partners with Leftovers Foundation and the Mustard Seed, but is looking for more not-for-profits to help.

Buckley says they are raising cash for equipment to squeeze more harvests into each season.

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