Good Libations winemaker has announced its annual apple juice fundraiser to support the Cortes Food Bank.

Cortes Island residents who want to share the apples on their trees are encouraged to call ahead and be prepared to bring the fruit as soon as possible after harvest. For purchasers, the juice needs to be pre-ordered and will come in plain or ginger-lime flavours in two- or four-liter amounts.

Loni Taylor, who is coordinating the project, works as both an apprentice at Good Libations and a board member of Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA).

Her passion for food security showed in this conversation, where she shared about:

  • overabundance of fall fruit and reducing food waste
  • minimizing propagation of apple maggot
  • Good Libations’ succession plan and food programs
  • CCEDA’s upcoming community outreach in regards to its downtown Manson’s commercial space

Listen to the full conversation with CKTZ News above.

Photo credits (top) There is plenty of space for apple donors to join the fundraiser. Photo by Loni Taylor. (Podcast) Apples dehydrate quickly after being picked and need to be kept in cold storage and juiced promptly. Photo by Loni Taylor.

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative