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Projects

 
Powered by volunteers, our Fruit Tree Project imagines the urban orchard as a place where we all create abundance together. Each year hundreds of volunteers harvest and share tens of thousands of pounds of fruit. More than just fruit harvesting, our project also connects people in caring for place and each other.
 
Our region's farmers are brilliant, hardworking folks who produce an amazing diversity of foods. But not all of this food makes it to market every week. LifeCycles provides a professional gleaning service to help rescue and redistribute surplus farm produce to help feed the entire community in a way that works for farmers.
 
The Welland Legacy Park houses a community orchard that is the largest & most diverse in Canada. Together with the Town of View Royal and dozens of volunteers, we are working to create a new model of public park stewardship, protecting and nurturing this local treasure. We provide hands-on education to volunteers who are trained in sustainable food production, fruit tree maintenance and native pollinators, to care for and restore this unique heritage orchard.
 
Learn, grow, eat and share. For over 20 years, LifeCycles has been partnering with social service agencies to offer practical food and garden education to community members. These programs support local food systems and foster food justice awareness throughout our community.
 
For over 20 years, Growing Schools has been sowing seeds with elementary school children in Victoria, sharing knowledge and hands-on experience with the next generation of agricultural enthusiasts. Our vision is a garden in every school where children, teachers, parents and community members gather to learn and grow together.
 
A partnership between LifeCycles and the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Victoria Seed Library is a way for hobby and beginner gardeners to share seeds and steward a regionally adapted seed collection. Together we are working to keep seeds in the public domain and support food security and biodiversity.

Fruit Picking Roles

 
Our dear Harvest Leaders are the backbone of this whole beautiful thing. It’s also the most demanding role, and thus perfect for the volunteer hoping to sink their teeth a little deeper into the juiciness of the fruit harvest. In this role you get to: choose when and what you want to pick, drive the LifeCycles van, coordinate volunteers onsite, document the harvest, and of course pick fruit!
 
Sweet and simple, help us pick fruit (and take home a portion for yourself)! You’ll receive training from a harvest leader on site at your first pick.
 
In this role you get the pleasure of driving around town once every two weeks, and distributing delicious local fruit to food banks, community centers and other community services in need.
 
Keeping our warehouse, walk in refrigerator, office and van organized is key to the smooth functioning of this program. We also crunch some pretty interesting data from all our operations, back at our Viewfield warehouse HQ. Superheros to help keep things organized are crucial. Popeye had spinach, our super heros tend to be fueled by a rich diversity of local fruits.
 
Help us to determine the readiness and amount of fruit on trees in your neighbourhood. If you’re interested in this role, let us know what neighbourhoods you’re able to check out. And just because you’re not involved in the picks, doesn’t mean we won’t fill your boots with fruit!

General Communications

 
The general newsletter for The Lifecycles Project Society
 
This allows us to contact you about having your tree picked.
 
Information on tree care, workshops and opportunities
 
Updates about our seed library program
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