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November 20, 2017
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The Next Federal Agricultural Policy Framework
March 10, 2017
Canada’s current policy framework, Growing Forward 2, expires in March 2018. The federal government is working on replacing that policy. Today they released (more…)
Maple Tree Tapping in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
March 4, 2017
While winter may bring a (temporary) halt to the harvesting of fruit and nuts, we Canadians know that from approx. February – March our local maple trees start producing that liquid gold sap! Understandably, we are often contacted by members of the community regarding our involvement in and knowledge of tree tapping and syrup production. While we are happy to support local initiatives such as…
Eating Ottawa’s Forests and Farmland
December 8, 2016
Even in the past five years since starting Hidden Harvest, we’ve noticed that food-bearing trees & forests in Ottawa are disappearing far faster than they are being planted. These Google Earth Timelapse videos show just how quickly our city spreads. Take a look at the changes between 1986 & 1996, then 1996 & 2006, then 2006 & 2016. What do you notice? Sure, building houses…
Fruit Goggles have gone digital.
June 1, 2016
Since starting the planning for Hidden Harvest Ottawa back in 2011 it is incredible to see how much technology has changed. When we started there was practically nothing. It was a matter of asking neighbours and putting up our “trees wanted” posters.  In 2012 Open Data initiatives were becoming a big…
Feeding People, Not Landfills
May 23, 2015
Food waste is the litter of the 21st century. That is to say, people’s perception & understanding of food waste are changing today in much the same way that people’s perception & understanding of litter changed back in the 50’s & 60’s. Let me begin with a short story: These are apples under a tree in a City park. We raked up these 200lbs of apples into yardwaste…
Infographic – Food Waste Epidemic In A Fast Growing World
May 13, 2013
About our Map
October 29, 2012
The green dots () on our map show the City-owned trees which may produce edible fruits or nuts. We say “may produce” since some trees are too young (eg. a Turkish Hazel may not produce a yield until its 4th or 5th year) and other trees may not yield fruits or nuts at all (eg. all ginkgo trees are listed on…
City Trees by Ward – Interactive Chart
October 25, 2012
Below is a visualization of the same data that is on our tree map — the source is the City of Ottawa’s street tree inventory as of November 2011. The green dots () on our map show the City-owned trees which may produce edible fruits or nuts. We say ‘may produce’ since some trees will not be producing food, for a…
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