Gleaning

by Admin on May 18, 2015

A recently held meeting in County Hall (organised by Growing Worcestershire) discussed opportunities for gleaning.
Gleaning is one approach to the shocking waste of food in our food supply system. For a variety of reasons food crops are often incompletely harvested. The meeting heard of a number of local examples, mainly unpicked fruit such as apples being converted into cider.
The national Gleaning Network explained how they put together teams of volunteers who rescue unwanted field crops or fruit, together with ‘Fairshares’ who distribute gleaned food to worthy recipients.
So it is proposed that we set up a local system.
A subsequent meeting has looked at the mechanism for getting going, with setting up a local organisation under the Growing Worcestershire umbrella, tracing farmers and growers who might be interested and reassuring them of the process, finding storage accomodation and local recipients. There is also a search on for a voluntary coordinator at county level,and coordinators at local level.

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