What better way to spend a beautiful May evening than by joining a gang of jolly volunteers to salvage unharvested food which would otherwise go to waste and donate them to worthy causes across Kent?
Under the Wye downs I joined a gang of about 40 people of all ages from Gleaning Kent to harvest leeks at Ripple Farm Organics. The leeks were about to set seed and therefore a tad too tough to go into the veg boxes but were still fine to be eaten.
Over a few hours we pulled and trimmed and bagged leaks, wielding a giant machete to hack away the leaves and eventually we have salvaged 1240kg of veg which would have otherwise gone to waste. The vegetables were distributed to a number of charities who run meal clubs for kids and adults who might not otherwise get a decent dinner.