Gleaning Network UK, featured in BBC Radio 4's Food Programme, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera, and organised by Tristram Stuart and Feeding the 5,000, is an exciting new initiative to save the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on UK farms every year. Farmers across the country often have no choice but to leave tonnes of their crops unharvested and get ploughed back in the soil. These crops often cannot reach the market either because they fail to meet the strict cosmetic standards of supermarkets or because of overproduction.
We coordinate teams of volunteers, local farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage this fresh, nutritious food and direct it to those that need it most, such as homeless hostels and charities. To date, we have salvaged several tonnes of excellent unmarketable British produce, including apples, cabbages, cauliflowers, spring greens and kale, and redistributed them to charities such as FareShare. Here's some more info, our video, and pictures of our last gleaning day (our debut in Sussex, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from River Cottage along for the day!). The movement is gathering pace, and we're rapidly expanding into a national network. Join the Arable Spring!
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