The weekend before last a group of friendly gleaners from Feeding5K were welcomed to Roughway Farm to pick and collect uncommercial Apples from our fields. The gleaners were able to collect over 2 tonnes of our tasty British apples that we are pleased have gone to good use.
The day was very successful with the gleaners enjoying the pleasant farm surroundings. Giles Cannon manager of Roughway Farm provided advice and was glad to see so many gleaners taking part in the good work. The apples collected went to Community Food Enterprises, FareShare and their associated homeless hostels, food banks and charities. We are pleased to have helped do our small bit for the hungry and food insecure around the South East.
We would like to make our fields as productive and commercial as possible. Nevertheless there are always some fruits that are missed by the pickers or are not suitable for our main retail customers. So there should always be room for gleaners and their good work.
The environmental benefits of reducing food waste are very important and it’s great to hear that many other farms are getting involved. It is sad to see crops that have been carefully grown going to waste and we hope the gleaners will visit again if we find more fruit that would otherwise be discarded.