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Posted: September 19, 2018

Pick and Press events this weekend

It’s no secret that the Kimberley and Cranbrook area is home to opportunity driven wildlife that are very good at sourcing out ripe fruit.

Photo courtesy Dean Chatterson

This fact along with the desire to create delicious end products led to the creation of Wildsight`s Apple Capture Project. The project connects willing fruit tree owners (who don’t want their fruit or don’t have the ability to pick their fruit) with community members through Wildsight’s online fruit Tree Registry. Equipment for every step of fruit tree care, harvesting and processing is available through Wildsight`s online Equipment Bookings.

This year, with a much-needed boost of funding from the City of Kimberley and Columbia Basin Trust, two Wildsight-led volunteer Pick and Press Events have been planned for this fall.

The Kimberley volunteer event takes place on Saturday Sept 22 and Sunday Sept 23. On Sept. 22, Wildsight will lead volunteers to PICK from the Kimberley Tree Registry, then on Sunday, Sept 23 volunteers are invited to PRESS the fruit into juice.

Pick and Press activities will go from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days with the group meeting at the Kimberley Open Gate Garden on Rotary Drive to start.

The Sunday PRESS event will slightly overlap with the fifth annual Harvest Party being hosted at the Kimberley Open Gate Garden, and volunteers are encouraged to attend the party afterwards where some of the fresh pressed juice will be served.

The Cranbrook volunteer event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Apples will be PICKed from trees listed on the Cranbrook Tree Registry and PRESSed into juice on the same day. Participants are asked to meet at the Cranbrook Public Produce Garden beside MacKinnon Park to start the day.

Pick and Press Events are both great all ages activities and a wonderful way to give back to the community.  Please come prepared for all types of weather. Bring a snack and water. Apples and juice will be available for volunteers to take home, return to tree owners or donate to the food bank!

Please contact [email protected] or 250-427-2535 with any additional questions.

Lead image by Brian Clarkston

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