Comparison with 2020
Number of crops dropped to a food project, regular and one-off, in 2020
Number of crops dropped to a food project, regular and one-off, in 2021
Types of drops
Total number of crops dropped in each area and the number of one-off drops across B&NES, in 2020
158 total drops
Total number of crops dropped in each area and the number of one-off drops across B&NES, in 2021
156 total drops
Mapping our reach
Explore our connections made between grower and recipient in Bath, Keynsham and Somer Valley in this interactive map. Select a region from the available buttons above the map to zoom to that location.
Variety of crops dropped
In total there were 37 different varieties of crops dropped throughout 2021. Below we have split fruit and vegetables into separate bar graphs.
Variety of veg crops dropped to food projects in 2021
Variety of fruit crops dropped to food projects in 2021
Working with others
Our project has been supported by the help of others, these include:
Bath Allotment Association
From our inception, CropDrop has been supported by the Bath Allotment Association in helping us connect with its members and coordinating the distribution of bountiful produce. They have featured us in their seasonal newsletters and invited us to present our work as guest speakers at their 2020 AGM.
On invitation, we presented a roundtable discussion to the Feeding Britain network to share CropDrop’s story and effective approach for using crop abundance, contributing to local food security. We highlighted the challenges we solved and offered insight and inspiration to others looking to do similar.
"A hub that connects local communities, councils and companies who share the goal of a carbon zero future. We are a non-political, non-profit organisation. Our aim is to help more people in taking local climate action and collectively in building something better."
Attracted by our project’s achievements to date, Carbon Copy asked to share our ‘how to’ guide for those considering connecting growers and food projects in their area. Our project’s page has so far received over 50 unique page views.
Three Ways School is an Academy Trust, operating as a generic Community Special School. Prior to 2007 there were three separate Special Schools in Bath that amalgamated in September 2005. It opened in September 2007 on the current site. The school provides for 220 children with a wide range of Special Educational Needs. It is a Specialist School for Physical and Sensory and also a School of Creativity.
Avon Gleaning Network
The Avon Gleaning Network works with farms and other growers around Avon and Somerset to harvest or collect surplus fruit and veg that is of no further value to the farmers. This is then redistributed to charitable food projects that are supporting people experiencing food insecurity.
B&NES Affordable Food Network
The B&NES Affordable Food Network feeds into the wider work of the Fair Food Alliance in B&NES and, in turn, the national work of Feeding Britain. It provides a forum for a growing network of community-based support projects to share best practice and support member’s project development. Membership includes FOOD (Food On Our Doorstep) Clubs, Food Pantries, Community Cafés, Community Fridges, Village Larders and redistributors of locally grown produce from allotments and gardens via CropDrop and, more recently, from professional growers via the Avon Gleaning Network.
Keynsham Allotment Association
Keynsham Allotment Association was established in 1987 to provide allotments to the community of Keynsham and is run entirely by members with an elected committee. It is subsidised by Keynsham Town Council which contributes towards rent payments to the land owner and major site repairs. The Association takes responsibility for all aspects of running the allotment site which is located at the end of Park Road in Keynsham.
2021 plans versus reality
Connect two further allotments in Bath city to create a total of six actively donating allotment sites.
Contacts were developed with Larkhall, Claremont Road and Canal Gardens allotment groups from July. They were connected with local affordable food projects in Larkhall and central Bath with limited success.
Form a link with one additional allotment or grower source in either the Keynsham area or Bathavon area.
Local research revealed that Bathford, Batheaston and Bathampton allotments already have local solutions for sharing their bountiful produce. The second set of Keynsham allotments are small and unlikely to produce spare produce. New contacts were established with the Avonleigh Orchard, Rainbow Wood Farm and Avon Valley Farm for surplus apples, pumpkins and squash.
Introduce one pilot scheme on the ‘fork to fork’ concept with an appropriate allotment and community charity organisation.
Combe Down allotments were connected with Threeways School in September. This has already proved to be a deeper and more significant relationship, with invitations to visit each site and discussion about opportunities for closer working together. It is the subject of a separate Case Study.
Identify a partner organisation to collaborate with to deliver the mutual aims.
CropDrop has collaborated with the Avon Gleaning Network team on several gleans at local farms, sharing sweetcorn, pumpkins and squash with affordable food projects. Links with the Midsomer Norton Co-op have been strengthened.
Our plans for 2022
Our aims moving into the new year include:
Continue crop drops during the main 2022 season later in the year.
Supporting Bristol to connect with allotments.
Developing our collaboration with Avon Gleaning Network.
We want to say a giant carroty CropDrop THANK YOU to Deborah Griffin for all the time and energy she has generously applied in the Somer Valley since August 2020. She has connected with allotmenteers, growers, affordable food projects, community groups and media outlets to enable the easy sharing of bountiful vegetables and fruits. Deborah is redirecting her volunteer energies to growing developments around Timsbury in 2022.