By Andrew Hudson • April 29, 2014Beach Metro Community News He didn’t plant paw paws or goji berries, but Johnny Appleseed would certainly tip his hat to Treemobile, a volunteer group that delivers low-cost fruit trees across Toronto. Working last Saturday outside St. Saviour’s, an Anglican church in the Upper Beach, Treemobile volunteers sorted 40 fruit trees and 355 fruit- or nut-bearing shrubs and vines that Toronto buyers had ordered online. Most of the trees and some rarer shrubs cost about $40, while asparagus crowns were five for a dollar. Delivery fees range from $1 to $10, depending whether buyers want their order dropped off or planted for them.“In Toronto, lots of people don’t own a shovel,” said Treemobile founder Virginie Gysel, laughing. Toronto is built on some of Ontario’s best farmland, said Gysel. Especially when climate change is such a concern, she said the idea is to grow your apples, pears, and plums right here, where they won’t clock any air miles. Homegrown fruit often tastes better, too, she added.“What orchardists want is stuff that’s hard as a rock, that all ripens at the same time, and they’re not really too concerned with taste,” she said.“What we want is delicious fruit with nice texture and scent, and it doesn’t have to ripen all at once.” A landscape architecture graduate who grew up on a tree farm, Gysel started Treemobile four years ago when she was a student at the University of Guelph. At the time, she was writing
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