Urban Harvest - local fruit for local people!
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.
Click here to find out more about getting involved
Urban Harvest is managed by Northfield Ecocentre and supported by Urban Veg at Winterbourne House & Gardens, Martineau Gardens, and Growing Birmingham
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