Abundance Malvern 2015

257111208_58f5b03861_oFor the last few years, volunteers have been picking fruit from tree owners with too much to use, and distributing the fruit to those who can use it, reducing food waste and food miles.

In late summer and autumn, fruit tree owners often have more fruit than they have time to pick, or the capacity to eat. Abundance Malvern was set up a few of years ago to stop this fruit from going to waste. Tree owners donate their fruit, volunteers pick it, and then abundance distribute it to other local people.

This year abundance are looking for more tree owners and volunteers who’d like to stop this fruit from going to waste. If you have a tree with excess fruit or a few hours to spare,  please contact Linda Hirschhorn abundance@malverncommunityforest.org.uk

Dates for volunteers picking this year are 30th August, 6th September, 27th September, 4th October and 11th October, starting at 10am. 

Worcestershire Gleaning Network

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It is here at last! The opportunity to volunteer for gleaning days in Worcestershire and surrounding areas. Growing Worcestershire and Gleaning Network UK have joined forces to create a Worcestershire Gleaning Network. If you would like to occasionally spend a day in the countryside alongside other like minded and friendly people helping to reduce food waste by harvesting surplus fruit and vegetables to pass on to those in need (you also get to take some home for yourself!) then register as a Gleaning Volunteer.
Go to feedbackglobal.org/gleaning-volunteer-form then click on the Worcestershire button.
 
To learn more about the Gleaning movement and why it can make an important contribution to addressing the issues of waste, poverty and social justice visit feedbackglobal.org/campaigns/gleaning-network
 
We hope to arrange some Gleaning Days this Autumn so please let john.rhymer50@gmail.com know if you are aware of any friendly farmers and growers that we might approach.

Blackcurrants Gleaning Opportunity

Please see the message below from John Rhymer.

After several successful picks by Transition Stourbridge and others  there are still quite a few lovely organic blackcurrants at Vale Head Farm (Compton Road, Kinver, DY7 5NJ) needing to be picked!

The farmer, Ed Berger has invited anyone interested from Transition Towns and the Worcestershire Gleaning Network to  the next picking session next  Thursday 13th August 2015, from 6pm.

Everyone is welcome to take home half of what they pick as a Thank You and the other half the farm keeps for juicing.

Bring containers to take your share away!

Feel free to bring a picnic if it is your supper time! No need to book. Just turn up and Ed the farmer will tell you what to do.

Best Wishes
John Rhymer

Worcestershire Gleaning Network Coordinator

The developing gleaning network in Worcestershire is looking for someone willing to act as the County Gleaning Coordinator for the forthcoming season (July – November). The post, which is voluntary, would require from 0.5 days to 2 days per week. It would involve contacting farmers and growers to explain the concept, practicalities and aims of gleaning, along with the benefits and considerations for the farmer. The coordinator would encourage volunteers to sign up to the Worcestershire gleaning network and would organise a number of gleaning days in the next few months.

The coordinator would be supported by a steering group from Growing Worcestershire, Gleaning Network UK and a number of local Gleaning Coordinators.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more about what would be involved in taking on this role, please contact John Rhymer (john.rhymer50@gmail.com or ring 01299 403424)

Please pass on this request to others who you think might consider helping us get started with the Worcestershire Gleaning network.

They would also like to find some District Gleaning Coordinators to build local networks of volunteers, identify farmers and growers who might potentially allow gleaning and support the County Coordinator in organising Gleaning Days.

In the next few weeks it should be possible for Worcestershire volunteers to register on the Gleaning Network UK website.