Wasted Fruit

Okay, so I hang our clothes out to dry and I made an iMac cat bed and I write a blog.

Some of you are wondering where I find the time and how you could possibly be expected to fit this kind of stuff into your schedule, climate change or no.

Well, I have my limits.

One of these tubs of fruit is in the compost now.
One of these tubs of fruit is in the compost now.

Hammond Forever House came with several fruit trees. Right now the pears are ready for picking and the apples are almost ready.

pear tree
pear tree

My in-laws, Dave and Julie have taught us that the pears should be picked when they are still a little green, because they ripen afterwards. If you collect them after they have fallen, they are often bruised and you have to do something with them quickly before they rot.

Apple tree
Apple tree

Sometimes Dave and Julie pick them for us and take a few boxes home with them.

I am not passionate about this fruit. We have not put the time in to help them overcome the worms and spots that plague them. Once you cut them up, they are delicious and great for canning, but it’s a lot of work, and I would rather be hanging up washing.

It fell to me this year to take care of the fruit. Most of the apples are still on the tree, but I climbed up into the pear tree and got most of them. When they are green, they don’t bruise so badly when they hit the ground so I dropped them from the ladder.

Picking up the fruit from the ground with the kids, I was left with deciding which fruit to keep and which to compost. Look at the two tubs of fruit above. Which do you think we kept and which did we compost? Here is a closer look.

Tub 1Tub#2It’s not easy to tell, is it?

My point is that I am composting a lot of perfectly good fruit.


Because I don’t have the time to cut it up and use it for something. It is even more tragic if a whole bucket of fruit rots after I have picked it. If the pear is too small or has too little good flesh on it, it’s not worth my time. Often the difference is completely arbitrary.

I have to pick up the fruit from the ground because if I don’t, we have a huge wasp and hornet problem.

I’m sure there are people who would be glad to take this fruit off our hands, but I would have to take the time to research it, connect with someone and work out the terms.

As easy as it would be, I did not even post a photo on Hammond Neighbours so see if someone in our community could have picked them up. Nope, it was all part of a busy day and into the compost they went.

Odette the cat is also too busy to pick apples
Odette the cat is also too busy to pick apples

How many resources are wasted just because we don’t have time in our days to make use of them?

Time becomes a huge factor in our struggle to shift to a more sustainable lifestyle. When we start to feel uncomfortable in our home and we consistently run out of time to take care it, we are encouraged, in this consumer culture, to ‘simply’ find another house and ‘upgrade’.

Then we work harder to make the money we need to pay for an even bigger mortgage, and we have even less time to take care of our new house.

Rinse. Repeat.

What would happen if we could create the time in our lives to re-imagine our current residence into the home we would love to live in now and forever?

That’s what I’m trying to find out with Hammond Forever House.

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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