Our first weekend picking session will be on Sunday 2nd September at 2pm. To take part in fruit picking, distributing or orchard activities please sign up to our email list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, that’s how we let people know what’s going on and how to get involved.
A small group also meets regularly to plan activities, discuss progress, and distribute tasks. This is usually a core group of about 6 people, and we are always keen to get a few more people involved. Next meeting 7pm, Wed 29th August. Our meetings are open to anyone who’d like to get more involved or just wants to find out more about what we’re doing. The meeting will be at the Work for Change offices in Hulme, M15 5RF, in the Yellowbricks (same building as Kim by the Sea). Facing Kims, head to your left to the end of that building and turn right around the corner onto Geoge Parr Road. The entrance to the offices is a red door on your right about halfway along the building. If no-one’s there to let you in, buzz the buzzer. We’ll probably have a drink round the corner afterwards at Kims.
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We’ve made a link with a college in Reddish, Stockport, who have a school farm. Over the summer holidays the produce isn’t being used, and were delighted to link up with us and make sure the produce is used. Early in August we harvested about 6 bin bags full of crisp mixed salad leaves – including rocket, lettuce, mustard and mizuna! An expensive product to buy in the shops, it was very gladly received (just an hour or two after harvesting) by 3 Stockport and 3 Manchester projects. We’re going again on Wednesday 15th August.
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Soft Fruit, Hard Graft
Sunday 12th Aug 2012 saw a group of nine volunteers learning about plum and damson tree pruning from Hilary Dodson, chair of the Northern Fruit Group. Like all our workshops it was a good mix of learning & doing, & the plums especially look they’ve got a bit more room to breathe. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming free events at the orchard, or keep an eye on the Kenworthy page.
See the Kenworthy Orchard page for more details.
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A mature garden fruit tree produces more than the average family can eat. And at the same time there are lots of people in our city not able to access fresh food.
Abundance Manchester is a voluntary project which picks surplus or unwanted fruit from gardens and public trees around South Manchester and distributes it to local groups and communities who can use it. We also collect and distribute surplus vegetables from allotments. Scroll down for our latest news and a blog of our activities since we were set up in 2008.
To get in touch please email email@example.com
Watch the clip here from BBC’s North West Tonight programme to find out more about what we do.
Abundance Manchester also strongly supports other groups and campaigns which promote sustainable, local and organic food, and see ourselves as part of the movement for Food Sovereignty. This approach calls for a localised, ecological and democratic food system, and puts the people who produce, distribute and consume food at the centre of decisions on food systems and policies, rather than the demands of markets and corporations that have come to dominate the global food system.
We are part of a growing network of fruit harvesting groups, for a list of others around the country see the Abundance Network website.
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Making Local Fruit Work
28 January 2012, Todmorden
Abundance Manchester attended this fantastic event meeting and sharing ideas with loads of other like-minded projects involved in everything from co-operatively produced cider to Community Supported Orchards. We also had a look round some of the growing sites of Incredible Edible Todmorden. Inspiring stuff! Thanks to Making Local Food Work for running the event.
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We’ve had a great season with tonnes of apples and veg harvested and delivered to appreciative local projects. But now apple season is all but over we’ve called it a day on that side of our work. If you have surplus fruit you can always take it directly to a local hostel or community project – or even offer it to your local school. We’re now being kept busy with orchard maintenance activities at Kenworthy Community Orchard, see that page for more.
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In the Spring of 2011 we decided to turn the plot over to fruit production rather than veg growing, and to no longer run it as a community plot. It’s a sad decision but we have had serious problems with a colony of biting ants that have invaded the site, making it an unpleasant working environment. We have been unable to get rid of these despite trying various organic methods. For this reason we will slowly be turning the land over to lower maintenance perennial crops – mostly tree and bush fruit that requires little soil disturbance. We will manage the site as a small core group. Thank you to everyone that has participated in growing veg at the site, we hope you’ve enjoyed it and if anyone is interested in helping out with looking after the plot regularly that would be great – but we are no longer holding open plot sessions on Sundays. However the plot will continue to provide local, organically grown produce to people who can make good use of it.
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