'Spreading the food and the love': Fruit, nut trees to be planted across Shelburne County


Published on May 25, 2017

Shelburne County news

One organization is spreading the food and the love by planting fruit trees in select community areas this spring.

Shelly Hipson applied to Shell Canada through the Roseway Community Association to help grow her communities - literally.
She was able to get enough funds to purchase 50 fruit and nut trees.  Rather than keep it in one community, Hipson decided to put some in every community in the county.
“I wanted to spread the food and the love,” said Hipson.
Trees will be planted in Lockeport, the Sable River community garden, Graham’s Park, Parr Street Park, Our House Youth Wellness Centre, Shelburne Mobile and Trailer Park, the Black Loyalist Heritage Museum, Gunning Cove, Roseway, Villagedale, Sherose Island community garden and Clarks Harbour.
“The trend in 2017 is to create farm-to-table backyards,” she said.  “Together, we can start this concept by planting edible trees in visible locations throughout the area.”
She said this project puts a small dent in helping sustain food security for future generations.
More than just having a delicious and nutritious snack to pluck at will from the branches, Hipson said the project will help others to see what could be grown here.
Goals include:
 • Measuring  the average of fruit and nut production each year.
• Interviewing those who access produce in order to receive feedback.
• Interviewing the local food bank to measure impact.
• Measuring growth by encouraging local gardeners to turn their grassy yard into edible gardens.
• Building relationships, a sense of belonging and inclusion with people from all walks of life.
• Focusing on the traditional ways of preserving, pickling, fermenting, drying and brewing.
“We know that we can help each other in hard times. It is about caring and reclaiming our right to real food,” said Hipson.
The grant by Shell was in honour of Canada’s 150 celebrations.