Feedback’s Gleaning Network gives volunteers all over the country an opportunity to engage with the food system hands on by helping us rescue fresh, surplus fruit and veg from farms where it would otherwise be wasted, and get it to good causes. In doing so we are bringing an age-old practice to avoid waste, gleaning, into the 21st century.
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Feedback’s research has found that farmers waste around 16% of their crop before it even leaves the field or barn – often due to factors beyond their control, such as produce not being the right shape or size for supermarket tastes, or inaccurate forecasting by retailers of how much produce they will buy, leaving farmers with excess crop on their hands. Read more about our research on supply chain food waste.
Since 2013, the Gleaning Network has been taking eager volunteers to visit farms around the country, where we harvest surplus fruit and veg, and make sure it reaches people in need through our partnerships with charities like FareShare and FoodCycle. We currently rescue around 100 tonnes of fresh, nutritious produce a year from our hubs in Kent, Sussex, Bristol, London and the North West.
On 28th August I went gleaning in Wingham, Kent. I had never…
Over 70 eager volunteers, including many young people, gathered on Saturday at…
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