Abundance Edinburgh is about collecting surplus fruit grown in the city and putting it to good use. There are many fruit trees in Edinburgh, growing wild or in people’s gardens, yet most years a good deal of this produce goes in the bin. We plan to harvest this abundant food and redistribute it to local charities as a way of highlighting the social and health benefits of growing local, seasonal, and organic food. Harvesting the fruit is also a LOT of fun!
The project began through an initiative of the Transition Edinburgh South food group, and in its first year it focused on harvesting fruit grown in South Edinburgh, but it proved so much fun and so successful that it is now expanding to other areas of the city. This year (2011) we got a Waste Action Grant from the City of Edinburgh Council to buy some fruit picking and processing equipment, and money from the Climate Challenge Fund to employ a part-time worker to coordinate the group’s activities during the harvest season.
So if you have fruit you’d like to see picked and put to good use (we always give owners first choice of the fruit we pick for them) then please get in contact and let us know where you are. Alternatively, if you’d like to take part in the project, either as a fruit picker, a tree climber, a fruit mule, or even a jam and chutney expert, we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us by email at info [AT] abundanceedinburgh [DOT] com.
For information on some of the people in the Abundance group, see our “Who’s who” page.