I feel so good! With only 25 volunteers, in Kent, we picked 7.5 tonnes (83,000 portions) of gorgeous Braeburn apples that were ‘too big’ for the supermarkets! It was a new record! Strangely enough, it was the frost on the top and bottom of the trees that made them grow above and beyond in the middle!
Most went to various charities and homes throughout the UK through the Feedback and Foodshare organisations and some came home with us! We are always allowed to take home as much as we can distribute too.
If you want to volunteer for any of our wonderful friendly gleans, you can sign up at: https://feedbackglobal.org/campaigns/gleaning-network/
Children are very welcome on some of the gleans but some are not suitable for children, especially those that need a knife. You can always check on the site.
We pick any fruit or veg that is going to waste but is still perfectly wholesome and good eating. That includes apples, pears, courgettes/marrows, squashes/pumpkins, cauliflowers and potatoes. No ‘Uglies’ are ever rejected! We usually give them a hat and googly eyes for a photo shoot first!
The farmers are sometimes there to give us a short talk about the reason for the glean and how to go about it but the Co-ordinators are very wise after so many gleans and are always on hand to help.
Volunteers turn up from far and wide as all hands are welcome!
We must all make sure in our own homes too that good food is never wasted for any reason!
See you in the fields!
In love and light