Join a gleaning day to rescue local produce

Volunteer gleaners recently rescuing pears on a farm at Bridge

Volunteer gleaners recently rescuing pears on a farm at Bridge

This is a busy time of year for gleaning and there is plenty of produce that is going to waste on farms in our area. If you would like to be involved in rescuing this for good causes then it couldn’t be easier. It is a sociable, healthy and worthwhile pursuit. To join a gleaning day, please fill in the sign-up sheet here or for more information contact kent@feedback.org.

In the next week or so, the gleaning will focus on tonnes of apples going to waste on farms near Canterbury. Some of these lovely fruits are being wasted because they’re grown as pollinators and are not picked or sold commercially, others were too small, too wonky or unripe when the harvest was carried out.

But these apples are perfectly delicious and nutritious, so the plan is to save as many as possible for charity. The more volunteers, the more that can be saved!

The produce supplies excellent charities such as FareShare and FoodCycle with much-needed food. All of these gleaning days are suitable for children under the age of 18, with adult supervision – please specify the name and age of any children you would like to bring on the sign-up form.

Kent pears going to waste - unless the gleaners can get there!

Kent pears going to waste – unless the gleaners can get there!

Gleaning day 2:  10th November 2016 – 10am-4pm (TBC):

On Thursday 10th November, 10am-4pm (TBC) we’ll be visiting a farm near Canterbury to glean 1000s of mixed apples that were too small or unripe when the commercial harvests took place. This one is within walking distance of the City Centre, so is ideal for students & those travelling by public transport!

Gleaning day 2:  13th November 2016 – 10am-4pm (TBC):

On Sunday 13th November, 10am-4pm (TBC) we’ll be visiting a farm near Canterbury to glean as many as possible of 5 tonnes of delicious apples. Some of you who came on a recent glean near Sandwich may recall gleaning (and munching) Jonagold and Ida Reds, we’ll be meeting these delicious apples again at this farm along with some other varieties.

Gleaning day 3:  15th November 2016 – 10am-4pm (TBC):

On Tuesday 15th November, 10am-4pm (TBC) we’ll be visiting a farm near Bridge to glean 1000s of Braeburn apples. Some of these apples have been cosmetically scarred by hail and are therefore unmarketable in the current market.