Abundance is a project to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit like apples, pear and plums. Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked either because people don’t notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits at one time. Abundance is a team of volunteers who have been helping harvest city fruit and redistributing the surplus to the community on a non-profit basis – to community cafes, nurseries, Surestarts and individuals. We have also juiced tonnes of fruit and made jams, chutneys and preserves, some of which, has been for sale. Abundance contines through the seasonal cycle with planting and pruning workshops. In June 09 we produced the Handbook as a guide to community urban harvesting.
you have a fruit tree and want help with harvesting
please contact us – you will get the first share. And if you
are interested in becoming an urban harvester or want to help with picking,
distribution or processing please fill out our volunteering
form. Volunteers have the pleasure of eating fresh, ripe fruit from
the tree, finding out more about urban food growing and working alongside
enthusiastic people of all ages. Volunteers need to have some free time
between August and the end of October. Please also contact us if you
would like to receive fresh fruit for your group or neighbourhood.
And click here for Encounter Abundance: a collaboration with encounters in a shop.
07 was made possible with funding from Arts Council (Yorkshire) and
South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
Abundance 08 was supported by the Open Gate Trust, the Naturesave Trust and the Co-operative Membership Community Fund
Other Abundance groups going strong in the UK include: