Welcome to February boys and girls. We’re all still paying off Christmas and now a whole lot of us are unemployed or under employed. What I am getting at is money is short.
So what can we do? We do what we, as humans, have always done. We forage for food where we can. A lot of it is going on, and with the revolution of social networking, it is becoming more co-ordinated. Not only that, it is part of a wider network of cooks and volunteers who have been educating the growing numbers of poor in how to sustain themselves cheaply.
Using Google maps they can pinpoint an apple tree in, for example, Moseley down to the last leaf. They can network volunteers, and co-ordinate pickers, bags and boxes, ladders and transport. Re-distributed fruit is then either eaten fresh or used in preserves and pickles.
So I had a look at their main press release (of sorts) it reads:
Abundance Birmingham is a voluntary run project that collects and distributes soft fruits that grow unharvested around our city on trees and bushes in both public and private spaces.
Fruit is distributed to groups, volunteers and the local community. Damaged fruits are turned into juice, preserves, jams and chutneys. Any money raised is put back into the project to help with running costs. We are also creating a detailed reference map of Birmingham with location and tree information for future harvests.
As part of the project we aim to raise awareness of the great abundance of local tasty and healthy food that is available for everyone and for free!