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The Fruit Exchange from Down to Earth

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A new project called The Fruit Exchange aims to connect people who have surplus fruit with businesses who can use it. Running throughout the Stroud District.

There is a lot of surplus unwanted fruit in gardens across Gloucestershire that is often wasted each year. Fruit is left to go to waste for a variety of reasons. Often people just don’t know what to do with it, or don’t have the time or ability to harvest it. With the short period in which many types of fruit are ripe, it is imperative to harvest it at the right time. Otherwise you could be left with piles of rotting apples attracting wasps, or wasted produce which rots quickly and creates a mulchy mess in your garden.

The Fruit Exchange was introduced because potentially great food is wasted.

With hundreds of varieties of imported fruit and vegetables now available much of the year round, the seasons can lose their meaning. Yet the summer months in Britain bring a wide variety of fruit: gooseberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, raspberries, apples, figs, pears, plums, cherries, quinces, blackberries, blueberries, apricots, grapes and more. As well as reducing food miles, we believe that freshly harvested local food is the tastiest and most nutritious there is! Gloucestershire has over 100 apple varieties, yet supermarkets don’t sell them. In fact around 90% of the fruit sold in Britain is imported, and even the dried fruit available is mostly grown and produced in China! This is not only unsustainable but unnecessary given a good dose of creative thinking and community organisation. Not only does The Fruit Exchange connect communities and make use of produce which would otherwise go to waste, it also raises the local business’s awareness of using seasonal local produce. In exchange for their produce the donor will be given a drinks voucher by the business, so the local business is supported too.

The Fruit Exchange is looking for:

People with surplus fruit.
Businesses who could make use of it.
Volunteers to help us harvest.

If you think that you might be able to help us in any way, or are able to spread the word contact:

Alexandra Sore, Coordinator
The Fruit Exchange, Down to Earth

fruitexchange@downtoearthstroud.co.uk
www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk