Reducing food waste with the Worcestershire Gleaning Network
Transition Worcester is supporting an exciting new venture – the Worcestershire Gleaning Network. The network comprises of participating farmers and growers, gleaning volunteers and people who can distribute what is harvested to those in need. When invited by a participating farmer, our volunteers will access the farm for a gleaning event, harvest the food and then make it available to those in need.
Volunteer Dan has taken on the role of gleaning group coordinator for the Worcester area, which involves recruiting volunteers for a Worcester-based group and getting things moving when there is gleaning to be done.
Dan (pictured gleaning potatoes below) explains: ‘The Gleaning Group was set up with more than one aim in mind, though the primary reason for our existence is to limit food waste at the point of harvest. Additional to the salvaging of perfectly edible foodstuffs is our intention to ease the burden on the local food and homeless charities by making donations of our gleaned produce, sometimes there is enough for local community projects too!
Each event staged is a wonderful opportunity to meet new and interesting like-minded people in the great outdoors and it goes without saying that doing something so worthwhile has a way of putting a smile on your face like nothing else! So far the Gleaning Group has staged events that have rescued potatoes and apples (both eating and cooking) and has a busy agenda ahead with involvement in planned apple gleans with the wider gleaning network.
Our volunteer base has gone from strength to strength as has our recipients list, including charitable organisations all over the city with further exciting community based projects still in the making!’
If you or someone you know might like to participate in any of these ways then please contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up as gleaning volunteers by registering on the Gleaning Network website.