Archive for September, 2010

Yes…figs!!! Last Saturday Abundance Manchester picked two trailers of delicious and juicy eating apples, plus grapes and figs all from Didsbury! These will go to the Boaz Trust which helps destitute asylum seekers (see our Food Growing section), and The Roby (Longsight) which provides freshly cooked food to people with mental wellbeing needs.

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On Saturday 8 of us visited 4 houses in Didsbury & Withington to harvest a mixture of cooking and eating apple trees plus a couple of pears. They included the biggest pear tree in the world, well we don’t know what the record is but this one was definitely a contender. The rain mostly held off until we were safely tucked away enjoying a post-picking coffee & cake.

The fruit was taken to our veg plot, joined by veg kindly dropped off by local allotment sites, plus our own veg from the plot. We left large mixed boxes of fruit & veg for collection by HARP mental health project and The Boaz Trust (who look after destitute refugees), plus we took a bike-trailer full of apples to Cornerstone day centre and a boot-full to the Salvation Army hostel in town. A good weekend overall! Thanks to everyone who participated.

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Participants of Abundance Manchester’s food growing workshops have begun to teach others veg  gardening skills! Here’s Rudo (left photo, on right) passing on her great tomato pruning tips!

In September a few of us harvested blackberries along the Fallowfield loop in Levenshulme – it was a perfectly sunny, autumnal morning. Elizabeth (left) and Jubreti (right) each managed to find a few handfuls!

The garden has been nurtured by people seeking asylum in the UK, some of whom regularly volunteer at the Abundance Manchester plot and help to grow food that is then distributed to those in need.

MCC’s Carbon Innovation Fund has enabled Abundance Manchester to run these much needed workshops.

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