Food For Free

on Wednesday, 11 August 2010. Posted in N21 Community

 

 

Walking around Winchmore Hill it is a bumper year for many fruit crops, with many trees already dropping fruits onto our public spaces, as well as in our gardens. Yesterday, I saw a man filling a bag with fruits from an overhanging branch in Old Park Ridings. He was only collecting fruit that nobody else wanted and is one of a growing band of free food harvesters.

 

 

 

 

Not Far From The Tree is a campaign originating in Toronto, now in its third season, which has set up a residential fruit-picking programme that aims to prevent locally grown fruit from going to waste. It co-ordinates teams of volunteers to harvest the fruit on trees whose owners are not inclined to do so themselves. Of the resulting bounty, one-third goes to the owner, another third goes to the volunteers for their labour and the final third is distributed via pedal power to charities and community organisations in the neighbourhood.

 

The project harvested more than 3,000 pounds of residential fruit back in 2008, followed by more than 8,000 pounds last year; so far, close to 2,000 pounds of cherries, mulberries and plums have been picked this year.

 

One to emulate in the residential gardens in our neck of the woods?

 

http://www.notfarfromthetree.org/

 

 

 

Not Far From The Tree is a campaign originating in Toronto, now in its third season, which has set up a residential fruit-picking programme that aims to prevent locally grown fruit from going to waste.

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