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Urban Harvest - Crowdfunding
We were successful in our crowdfunding bid to raise money to deliver and develop Urban Harvest. Thank you to everyone who supported us.
Urban Harvest works to make sure the fruit we grow in our communities is used instead of left to rot while we import apples from New Zealand.
Every year tonnes of urban fruit goes to waste as people are either unable to pick it, can't deal with the quantity or simply don’t know what to do with the fruit. Urban Harvest provides a solution to this problem and has a positive environmental impact by using fruit with almost zero food miles that would otherwise go to waste.
Birmingham residents with fruit trees including apples, pears, plums, cherries and damsons can have their fruit picked. Some of the fruit is shared between the volunteer pickers and fruit owners. Some is given to children's centres and organisations promoting healthy eating. Some will be available for food bank customers. The rest will be sold and made into jams, pickles, and chutneys to raise an income to deliver the project next year.
We also work with Birmingham based groups and individuals to harvest the fruit during the season (Sept-Nov). Urban Harvest is able to offer work experience to local people and has a focus on targeting disadvantaged groups in the city. Harvesting fruit together is great fun and there are lots of reasons to get involved, and all volunteers are given fresh fruit at the end of each session.
PICKING FROM NOW UNTIL NOVEMBER 2013
We will be picking every Tuesday and Thursday from 26 September. If you have fruit trees that need picking then please get in touch with us.
OPPORTUNITIES WITH URBAN HARVEST
We have lots of opportunities for volunteering with Urban Harvest. There are some great benefits for volunteering your time with us:
§ Low stress outdoor activity
§ Contributing to a social and environmental aim
§ Fresh produce share
§ Gentle physical activity- flexible to clients ability
§ Connecting with others, being active, learning through doing, curiosity, giving
§ Personal and social benefits of environmental activity
§ Physical: improved stamina, fitness, weight management. 20 minutes gardening burns 118 calories (354 per hour)
§ Mental wellbeing
§ Environmental awareness and appreciation
§ Personal contact and encouragement
§ Connection with land
§ Involvement in decision making
§ Work experience: turning up on time, carrying out tasks as directed by team, working to health and safety standards, working with the general public
§ Team work and cooperation
§ Production of chutney and jam
§ Environmental awareness
§ Learning about tree care and fruit growing (organic)
§ Learning skills in horticulture, urban food production, Permaculture, health and safety in the workplace
§ Development of understanding of where our food comes from
§ Feeling part of a community with common goal, being an ambassador
§ Reward of seeing process from harvesting to juicing/preserving
§ Development of community of Fruit harvesters and members
§ Environment as common language for all regardless of background
§ Reducing waste
If you want to get involved we will meet at the Ecocentre at 9.30am on each picking day and will aim to arrive back to the Ecocentre around 4pm. You can come along for some or all of the day. We will arrange to get you to the sites. Please bring a packed lunch if you are coming for the whole day. Please wear long sleeves and closed toe shoes as apples can be heavy and hurt if they land on you! We do have some hard hats for you to wear.
On Thursdays from 10 October we will be picking in the evening until the light fades, we will meet at the Ecocentre at 5.30pm. We will also be holding a family picking day on Saturday 19 October.
What we are working to achieve with Urban Harvest:
- Reduce fruit waste in our communities.
- Reduce carbon emissions from food through lower food miles by using local produce that was previously wasted.
- Improve nutrition locally through access to fresh fruit.
- Provide positive volunteer opportunities for people loking for employment to develop skills, confidence and gain a reference.
- Build communities, bringing people together over a common cause.
- Encourage procurement of local goods to boost economic growth