Feed hun­gry mouths, not the ground

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - YVETTE BAT­TEN

There’s no need to let fruit rot un­der the tree any more. Just call Com­mu­nity Fruit Havest­ing.

This is a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion where peo­ple are given per­mis­sion to visit pri­vate gar­dens with fruit trees, gather the crop, and give the pro­duce to a good cause.

‘‘It’s ba­si­cally pick­ing and get­ting all the fruit that no­body eats and giv­ing it back to peo­ple who don’t have ac­cess to the fruit.

‘‘I see waste. It’s some­thing that I re­ally, re­ally hate,’’ New Ply­mouth co-or­di­na­tor Remy Zyn­g­fo­gel said.

Food gath­ered will go to­wards the New Ply­mouth Com­mu­nity Food Bank, Sal­va­tion Army, child day­care, or even re­tire­ment vil­lages. ‘‘So they can have ac­cess to fresh fruit in­stead of the fruit get­ting wasted on the floor.’’

Zyn­g­fo­gel is look­ing for peo­ple to do­nate fruit.

‘‘Maybe they are overseas dur­ing the win­ter and their tree is pro­duc­ing lots of cit­rus. So we’ll go and col­lect them for them. If we get do­nated jars or sugar then we’ll trans­form it into mar­malade.’’

Com­mu­nity Fruit Har­vest­ing is al­ready op­er­at­ing in sev­eral cen­tres around the coun­try in­clud­ing Welling­ton, Auck­land, Wan­ganui and Christchurch.

‘‘When they set it up in Christchurch, prob­a­bly af­ter the earth­quake, lots of trees were in the red zone and so fruit was lost. Peo­ple were go­ing into the red zone to get all the fruit.’’

There is al­ready a core group of four vol­un­teers, and more are wel­come. ‘‘Some will help me with just pick­ing the fruit and some will help me with preser­va­tion of the fruit.’’

He has al­ready dropped off do­nated grape­fruit, lemon and tan­ger­ine to the New Ply­mouth Com­mu­nity Food Bank and the Sal­va­tion Army har­vested over a re­cent week­end.

‘‘I know what they’re go­ing to take in a week so I’m not tak­ing more be­cause it will be wasted in a card­board box oth­er­wise. The more fruit I get the more dis­trib­u­tor [points] I’ll try to find.’’

All col­lec­tion will be made in li­ai­son with the land owner, he said.

‘‘I know at the mo­ment that it’s grape­fruit sea­son, and man­darin, lemon sea­son. If peo­ple have trees that will blos­som later and will give fruit in the sum­mer­time we want to hear about it.’’

Con­tact Com­mu­nity Fruit Har­vest­ing on 021 0856 1600, email pick­fruit­taranaki@gmail.com or find the group on Face­book.

YVETTE BAT­TEN/ FAIRFAX NZ

Remy Zyn­g­fo­gel wants to hear from peo­ple with abun­dant fruit on their trees.

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