Thursday, October 2, 2014
Gleaning Apples in Kent ... Sunday 5th Oct
Are apples the apple of your eye? We've got just the thing for you. We've found thousands of apples going to waste on a farm in Kent, near Canterbury! This Sunday 5th October, we'll be going on a mission to save as many as possible of these fantastic fruits for charity, and an idyllic day out on the farm! All produce going via our good friends at FareShare, CFE and Food For All to charities dealing with food poverty.
If you haven't gleaned with us before, scroll down for more info below to whet your appetite.
Email email@example.com ASAP to sign up, providing the following:
1. Confirmation that you can attend the whole day (roughly 10am-5pm, TBC)
2. Your mobile number so we can keep in touch on the day
3. Where you'll be travelling from so we can group you with other volunteers travelling to the farm
(travel will predominantly be by bus to the farm in Wingham)
4. If you're travelling by car, whether you can offer lifts, and if so for how many people?
5. Details of any allergies or medical conditions we should know about for first aid purposes, and
6. The same information for anyone you plan to bring with you - we really need to know numbers, so please try to let us know in good time if you are bringing others!
We’ll then send you finalised details closer to the time.
Please get in touch ASAP so we have an idea of numbers. 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.
Travel expenses can be 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. Travel to the farm will predominantly by bus
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.
And here's some background about gleaning:
Gleaning is about working with farmers who, for reasons usually beyond their control, have large amounts of healthy, edible food that they cannot harvest and that at risk of going to waste. We step in with our band of volunteers (that's you!) to harvest the food and redistribute it to homelessness and food insecurity causes.
In 2013, we 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 Cottage, the Guardian, BBC Radio 4's Food Programme, R4's Farming Today and BBC South East news. You can see some great short videos about us, too - by the Guardian, by Al Jazeera and by ITV Meridian news. And we've recently become won theBBC Food and Farming Awards, in the category of Best Initiative in British Food!
If you can't join us this time, watch this space – we’ll have lots more gleaning days coming up as harvests come to an end for lots of the wonderful produce here in Kent so keep your eyes peeled for dates and locations where you can join us. You can see what a glorious way it is to spend the day here.