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Growing Abundance: Community Harvest Group

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 30th, 2010

Source: Mt Alexander Sustainability Group Inc (MASG)


Image: chris-sy via flickr CC

The Castlemaine Community House with MASG, Transition Mount Alexander and Castlemaine Permablitz is managing Growing Abundance in 2011.  The project will look at creative ways of strengthening our local food network and access to local food as a way of reducing our carbon foot print as a community.

Every year in our area, hundreds of fruit trees growing on both public and private land go unharvested either because people don’t notice them, aren’t physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits ripe all at once.

Through the Growing Abundance project, a Community Harvest Group is being formed to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit and make it available to the local community. The Harvest Group is a team of volunteers who will find, harvest and maintain neglected fruit trees around town, sharing the harvest equally between the fruit tree owners, the harvest group and local community organisations, cafes, charities etc who can make good use of the produce. We will also be preserving the damaged fruit and turning it into chutneys, sauces, ciders, jams etc which can be sold to support the project (and ourselves).

Contact Sas Allardice at the Castlemaine Community House – harvest@cch.org.au or 5472 4842