Needy ben­e­fit as vol­un­teer har­vesters hit the jack­pot

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

It’s har­vest time, and Com­mu­nity Fruit Har­vest Manawatu (CFH) is mak­ing the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In­vi­ta­tions to har­vest sur­plus pump­kins, squash, and now ap­ples and pota­toes have re­sulted in what CFH co­or­di­na­tor Madz Bat­achEl calls an ‘‘amaz­ing turnout’’.

A pump­kin har­vest on Satur­day, saw plenty of vol­un­teers har­vest a large amount of pro­duce which was dis­trib­uted to Manawatu, Ran­gi­tikei and Whanganui com­mu­nity groups.

An ap­ple and potato har­vest from a site just out­side Palmer­ston North set down for to­day is ex­pected to draw har­vesters in sim­i­lar num­bers.

Madz says CFH in­tends to do­nate the bulk of the pro­duce to those in need through its com­mu­nity net­works, while vol­un­teer fruit pick­ers are wel­come to take home what they can uee.

‘‘If your com­mu­nity group would like to re­ceive some of this sur­plus pro­duce to dis­trib­ute, or if you would like to vol­un­teer to pick fruit; reg­is­ter your fruit tree to be picked or re­ceive some fruit for your char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion, or help in any way, con­tact CFH at pick­fruit@sling­shot.co.nz .’’

CFH in­tends to do­nate the bulk of the pro­duce to those in need.

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