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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 16 12:35 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

edible york / abundance

forage and harvest and waste reduction and then feeding hungry folk, nice people and rather efficient in various ways.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 16 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Both of those seem really good. Thanks for the links.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 16 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Both of those seem really good. Thanks for the links.


it is rather a good way to put fresh fruit etc into the system. the shipping container is a great bit of kit as an apple store as it can hold a multi site crop of the "hand" picked ones as well as give a cool space for juicers until they can be processed.

a decent sized (100kg batch) press would be nice as the available one is about 15 kg of scratted fruit at a time and therefore very labour intensive.

Aeolienne



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 16 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Made in Hackney (as in the London borough - pedants will point out that it's actually located in Stoke Newington)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 16 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is good, and probably not too expensive for London. Trouble is, even with the concessions it may be too expensive for the people who really need it, who won't really be able to afford anything. The food bank I help at had an idea about doing cookery classes for our clients where we would show them how to make the most of what they were given in their food parcels or using very cheap ingredients, but it hasn't started yet.

Aeolienne



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 16 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
There's the Real Junk Food Project...

Our local one is raising funds for refurbishment, if anyone is feeling flush: https://www.gofundme.com/2u43pdrg

As is the one in Manchester.

Aeolienne



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 17 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A "community fridge" has launched in Brixton, London: The People's Fridge
Although Frome in Somerset got there first: Link
I hope this doesn't reflect a creeping London bias on the part of Positive News ever since they upped sticks and left Shropshire for the Great Wen.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 17 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A good idea. Food banks have to have mainly tinned food, and so often people that have to use them don't get fresh veg etc.

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 17 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our local salvation army major goes to Costco a coulme of times a week and collects a car full of their out of date cakes and fruit and bread and anything else they are giving away and sells it from tables in the church, 10 p loaf of bread and 50p bag of Apple type thing but as far as i knkw it's not an officially organised thing with a website and such but always popular

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 17 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are food hubs a thing in the U.K.?

https://web.wpi.edu/Pubs/E-project/Available/E-project-043013-151105/unrestricted/Food_Hub_IQP_Final_Report.pdf

Aeolienne



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 17 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
Are food hubs a thing in the U.K.?

https://web.wpi.edu/Pubs/E-project/Available/E-project-043013-151105/unrestricted/Food_Hub_IQP_Final_Report.pdf

TL;DR - is that the equivalent of a food assembly? Here's one in Leamington Spa.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 17 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah, that looks quite similar.

There has also been a resurgence of local distributors in New England, folks who will stop by a farm to pick up orders and drop off local, regional, and national/international orders. Often working in conjunction with food hubs

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 17 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We also have farmers markets, but they are not particularly cheap. Generally distances are not as great in the UK which makes distribution easier in some ways. I don't really know about cities elsewhere, but round here we don't have the problem with minority groups being poor groups too. Our pockets of poor seem to be more in certain areas, some historically poor, and sometimes going back generations in the same local families where they just haven't got out of the problems.

Aeolienne



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 17 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The farmers' market in Leamington Spa is a bit disappointing - it seems to sell more pre-prepared stuff (pies, jams etc) than ingredients.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 17 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Farmers markets are for producers of local food. You will often find people selling meat, fish and vegetables at some markets, but only where it is financially viable. Others will be selling pies, preserves and bread that are made from local produce. If it is a Farma affiliated market the rules are that the things have to have more than a certain percentage of produce from that county or from within 10 miles of that county.

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