Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gleaning in Kent 26th Kent

Greetings fellow gleaners!
We're really excited for 2014! In 2013, we already gleaned approximately 48 tonnes of produce, equal to over 200,000 meals, with over 200 volunteers across 18 gleaning days. We launched gleaning hubs in Kent, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Bristol, London and Manchester, and we hope over the coming year to expand to other regions like Lincolnshire and Scotland, and around Europe! We also achieved extensive media coverage, including Channel 4's River Cottagethe GuardianBBC Radio 4's Food Programme and Al Jazeera. And we've recently become one of the finalists for the BBC Food and Farming Awards, in the category of Best Initiative in British Food!
We've got another glean coming up, and we need your help! We've found thousands of leeks going to waste, ready for gleaning. It's an organic farm we've never gleaned from before near Wye, and our first leek glean in Kent! Last month, we managed to salvage nearly 2 tonnes of cabbages and cauliflowers that would otherwise have been wasted, and we hope to do the same again! Join us in the fields of Kent!
Leek gleaning day on Saturday 26th April 10am-5pm (TBC):
Join the Arable Spring! Join us for an idyllic day on a farm near Wye in the Kent countryside, saving literally tonnes of delicious leeks that would otherwise have been wasted for charity. All the food will be going to charities dealing with food poverty via our good friends Community Food Enterprise, FareShare and Food For All in London. Travel expenses are covered for those travelling from Kent – just check with us first! There may also be a few London places available, with priority to Kent gleaners.

Please join us in the fields! If you can make it, please contact me at to confirm whether you can make the whole day, and send me your phone number and where you’ll be travelling from (e.g. London, Kent, etc.) so we can group you with fellow travel companions. We’ll then send you finalized details closer to the time. Please get in touch asap so we have an idea of numbers – the more people we have, the more leeks we can save! Also, please do check whether you can make it, as lots of drop outs at the last minute can jeopardise the gleaning day going ahead!

Please spread the word to your friends and networks
, and do recommend any groups you think we should get in touch with! Here's a sharable facebook link for the event. If you're receiving this you're already on our gleaning list, but if your friends want to receive emails about future gleaning days, get them to sign up to our gleaning list here.
If you can't join us this time, watch this space – we’ll have more gleaning days coming up over the coming year!
See you in the fields!
Many thanks,
Martin Bowman
UK Gleaning Co-ordinator
We are BBC Food and Farming Awards finalists!
See photos from our most recent Feeding the 5000 in Brussels.

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