Spurred by the enthusiasm of people they spoke with, Siks and Garlough consulted other tree-food organizations like Not Far From The Tree in Toronto.
"We're a social enterprise; that's one thing that sets us apart right now from other fruit-gleaning projects around the country," explains Siks. "We took a look at how things were going for them so far, and like many non-profits, they're struggling for funding.
They're starting with heartnut, Asian pear and serviceberry, which Siks and Garlough say grow well organically and suit the local climate and soil conditions.
"We harvested grapes, apples, crabapples and black walnuts," says Siks, "but there are so many more examples of delicious food we can try." They're hoping to include pears, mulberries, serviceberries, ginkgo nuts, Turkish hazelnuts and other trees in this year's harvest.
"It's amazing, seeing people's passions for this idea," says Siks. Because Hidden Harvest couldn't accommodate everyone who wanted to participate last year, they'll run more harvest events and add more trees to their online map in 2013.