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No good food should go to waste!

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Trees are good- trees are good! (-:

Thanks to the Lottery we have been awarded some funding to plant shelter belts on the farms that have helped us with produce to pick up or harvest. We may extend this to other farmers, once all those we are currently dealing with, have been planted and if money allows. We do this in conjunction with the Forest for Cornwall team at Cornwall Council who provide us and the farms advice.

Our second shelter belt was planted at a mixed farm near Sennan, with the help of Forest for Cornwall.

We thought this a nice way to thank those kind farmers, that allow us on their land.

The world is increasingly having to cope with weather extremes and in Cornwall we seem to now have long dry spells in the spring, plus more flooding and winds in the darker months.

Shelter belts not only help with water filtration, though herbal ley strips and field margins can be better, but also help protect crops and livestock in extreme winds. They can increase grass yields in

 

Gleaning Cornwall - making a massive impact on food poverty

Thanks to farmers across Cornwall, teams of volunteers have been out in all weathers, cutting and filling crates with surplus veg throughout the winter. But where does that veg go and what impact does it have?

The image of soup kitchens for the homeless is much outdated. For many low income families, this is the new norm. From the handful of organisations scattered across the county, this has now grown at a frightening rate. With Gleaning Cornwall now in contact with over 100 organisations across the county and demand now also coming from as far away as Plymouth, we offer free fresh produce to feed those in need. The divide between rich and poor has never been wider! Through figures provided by these organisations, it is estimated that our produce contributes to feeding over 6,000 people each week.

Gleaning Cornwall endeavours to get fresh local produce to as many of these people as possible thorough our growing network of volunteers across the county. Right now we are in what is traditionally known as the farming famine season. Last year’s crops are mostly over, fields are being ploughed and new crops sown. But a few of our more hardy veg are still in the fields and our fantastic volunteers have braved the mud and the weather, filling hundreds of crates with food that would otherwise be ploughed back into the ground. This March alone they have gleaned 5 tonnes of potatoes, 327 crates of cauliflower, 109 crates of cabbages, 211 crates of spring greens and 60 sacks of leeks. Our volunteer drivers have distributed this huge haul of veg out across the county, benefiting people from Penzance up to Bude, from Plymouth down to the Lizard and from, Newquay across to St Austell.

The stark reality of food poverty in our county

 

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We did it!!!

Following a successful crowdfunder we are humbled by the generosity of our supporters and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated during December 2021 to help us raise funds.

We are working right now to buy 2 4×4 vehicles and trailers so that we can get in on the muddy fields to bring even more veg to those in need. We hope to be on the road in the next couple of weeks. If anyone has an ideal donor vehicle that would fit our needs or if you’re a garage owner or mechanic that would help us source a reliable vehicle then please get in touch

To everyone who believed in this project and supported it, THANK YOU from all of us at Gleaning Cornwall!

Crowdfunder flashmob!

Wow, what an amazing bunch of volunteers we have! Watch and enjoy our Gleaning Flashmob in fields across the county as they dance to Irene Cara – Flashdance What A Feeling. With just 2 weeks to go we are just over half way with our Crowdfunder, so please share, share share and get everyone you know to donate to our much needed crowdfunder https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cornwall-gleaning-network-vehicle-fund

Gleaning Cornwall - Vehicle Fundraiser

Gleaning Cornwall is in need of 2 suitable 4×4 vehicles to aid us in gleaning ever increasing amounts of veg from local farm fields. Our Crowdfunder is now live, read more about it here or hit the donate button. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, together we can fight food poverty

Don't veg, volunteer!

Our volunteers have been hard at work gleening fruit and veg across mid and west Cornwall but we need to grow our team. So far this year we have rescued over 35 tons of produce that ordinarily would have rotted in the field. This has provided a vital lifeline to families accross the county who are facing food poverty.

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Ensuring food goes where it's needed most

The Gleaning Cornwall network supplies fruit and vegetables to around 100 charities, organisations and volunteer groups who are working hard to ensure those facing food poverty don’t go hungry.

What our volunteers say

I am so glad that have been able to be a Gleaning volunteer. I really wanted to do something that would mave a difference but also something that would give me a chance to meet up with others who were concerned about food waste and also the dreadful explosion in the need for food banks.

The Most Rewarding Experience Ever

" Gleaning Cornwall has been set up to reconnect people with the land, minimise waste and help feed those in poverty at a time when numbers of people struggling to put food on the table have rocketed, especially since the start of the Covid pandemic. Launched by Regenerative Food and Farming CIC, the Gleaning Cornwall network plans to harvest surplus food or pick-up wonky produce and deliver it to food banks and community kitchens. In doing so they are bringing an age-old practice to avoid waste into the 21st century."
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Regenerative Food and Farming

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Coming to a field near you very soon!

We did it!!!

Following a successful crowdfunder we are humbled by the generosity of our supporters and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated during December 2021 to help us raise funds.

We are working right now to buy 2 4×4 vehicles and trailers so that we can get in on the muddy fields to bring even more veg to those in need. We hope to be on the road in the next couple of weeks. If anyone has an ideal donor vehicle that would fit our needs or if you’re a garage owner or mechanic that would help us source a reliable vehicle then please get in touch

To everyone who believed in this project and supported it, THANK YOU from all of us at Gleaning Cornwall!