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Archive for August, 2009

Plenty of donations & harvest from the Abundance plot and Saturday picking again this week.. This week most of our harvest was from individuals who picked their own produce.

We donated to the Salvation Army, Boaz Trust, and veg fresh from the plot went to the Safestop Hostel next door. We also gave to Reclaim the Scene who will be having a free picnic open to all at 4pm on Saturday 29th after the Pride Parade.  The picnic will be on UMIST campus off Sackville Street, see link below for more details;

http://www.reclaimthescene.com/events/

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Here is our new publicity material for you to download & distribute.. The leaflet is for anyone potentially interested in Abundance Manchester, and the posters are for allotments:

Abundance Leaflet

Abundance Allotment Poster

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bountifulharvestA bountiful harvest this week at Abundance with boxes of apples, plums and veg a plenty!  We picked the apples on Saturday  and donations of veg came pouring in on Sunday. The fruit and veg went to The Destitution Project, run by the Boaz Trust, and Safestop, the hostel next door for people with mental health needs, as well as HARP, an organisation which improves the skills and confidence of people with mental health needs through training them to work in their community cafe. We also received a donation from Seymour Grove allotment which went straight to the Salvation Army Homeless Hostel.
Thank you to all those who donated and helped out with the picking and distributing, and we are looking forward to next weekend! Please get in touch if you want to get involved,  now is the perfect time of year!

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We had an unexpected but welcome guest at the Abundance plot last Sunday… A fox came by and had a look around, completely unphased by 5 of us! He / she even came up close to pose for a series of photos…

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Veg Baths

Beans, courgettes, squash and tomatoes are all growing well in the baths at the Abundance plot..

.Baths from aboveSquash 2Tomatoes in bathBeans in the bath

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Courgettes and apples in trailerOur first apple picking session of the year came unexpectedly early! On Saturday we got our first call to pick apples, three weeks earlier than last apple season.  We dusted off our home made fruit picking devices and headed to a house in Chorlton,where the apples were already ripe and falling from the tree.   They were piled onto our new trailers and cycled to Cornerstone, a hostel for homeless people, where they were gratefully received by Sister Lucy.  The following day we harvested from the Abundance plot, combined it with the generous donations from other allotments and delivered it next door to Safestop, a hostel for people with mental health needs.

Veg harvestedDaniel from Safestop

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