CropDrop is coordinating the redistribution of fruit and vegetables from bountiful allotments and growers. Volunteer drivers transport this untapped resource to charity projects that provide food, alleviating food poverty across Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES).
We link allotments and food projects within the same area to help strengthen communities and minimise the food miles of the allotment produce.
On an agreed day allotment holders leave their donations in an arranged collection box on-site, protected from the weather and potential hungry animals (usually in a box, behind a shed in the shade).
A volunteer driver picks up the fruit and vegetables and transports them to a charity project. In some cases, the volunteer drivers have come forward from the allotment growers or the charity projects themselves.
Charity projects offering food parcels distribute to their recipients soon after.
CropDrop is coordinated by a team of volunteers.
Bath FoodCycle, FoodCycle Exeter, Riverford Organic Farmers Sales & elected staff council rep., plus other volunteering experiences across the SW food network
Bath FoodCycle, Bread for Breakfast, Vegmead, Sustainable Food Partnership, B&NES Food Finder
Bath FoodCycle, Bread for Breakfast, Keynsham Community Fridge, Sustainable Food Partnership, Contributor Webb Trust report "What makes a good society", Volunteer Centre Chair and London 2012 Gamesmaker
And supported by our founders and advisers.
Organiser of Taste of Timsbury food and drink festival & community legacy events, volunteer for British Hen Welfare Trust
Bath Organic Group, Transition Bath, guerrilla gardening, food preserving and fermenting, anything 'green'
We have a number of recipes that we'd like to share which will hopefully spark inspiration.
Try out this new healthy and nutritious spiced pumpkin soup, perfect to use after Halloween so there is no wastage of pumpkin.
Kale makes a fantastic healthy low-fat, low-cal snack – a great alternative to crisps. Sprinkle with whatever spices you fancy – salt or a mild chilli powder would both work well.
Homemade toasted seeds are a great way to use any large, plump seeds that come from your squash and they are packed full of vitamins and minerals.
CropDrop represents community action at its finest. The ingenuity and energy of the team has delivered so many benefits to local families, community centres, volunteers, and allotment holders. In doing so, it has made CropDrop a beacon of good practice for other parts of the country to follow.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering or would like to get your allotment site or organisation involved, please use the contact form below.