“How did we get to a place where we can’t identify an edible cherry?” asks Helena Moncrieff. “Before we had refrigerators to store our food, we got it right off the tree. And now we have taken away their function and become fruit illiterate in the process.”

Helena has worked as a radio journalist, and as a media and public relations specialist. She now runs H. Moncrieff Communications, and teaches writing at Humber College.

Helena is co-author of The Insurance Book, a consumers’ guide to insurance. Her writing has also appeared in Registered Nurse JournalBest Health magazine, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

Helena’s latest book, The Fruitful City, looks at the contribution of fruit trees to communities, and how our relationship with food has evolved over time. From the immigrants who slipped tree cuttings into their baggage as they prepared for life in a new country to the homeowners who gradually forgot about the trees, leaving the fruit to rot, to today’s resurgent interest in canning, preserving, and harvesting this readily available produce for themselves and the greater community.

Helena’s freezer is full of fruit collected from other people’s backyards. She lives in Toronto.

Appearing in: Forgotten Foods of Forest, Field, & Orchard

Website: www.hmoncrieff.com
Book: www.ecwpress.com/collections/popular-science/products/fruitful-city