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Allotments helping to supply community fridge in Aylesbury

The scheme is a partnership between the Town Council and the Vineyard church.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:55am 29th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Allotments helping to supply community fridge in Aylesbury

Food grown on an Aylesbury allotment is going to help a community fridge project here.

The plots have been set aside by the Town Council for the Vineyard Church scheme, which offers fresh food to those who need it.

It's hoped it'll increase community spirit and reduce waste.

The plots have been dug over and prepared by the Council's outdoor team and are now being worked on by existing allotment holders from across the seven allotment sites who prepare, sow and harvest a great variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is then made available to local people via the Aylesbury Community Fridge.

Community allotment plot -Digging Away
Digging away

The Community Fridge is an initiative that is operated and managed by the Aylesbury Vineyard Church.

It offers local people and businesses the opportunity to donate fresh, good quality surplus food, which may otherwise be wasted. The fresh food and produce is made freely available for all local people to come, collect and enjoy at home. 

Not only will the produce from the community fridge plot be donated but also surplus fruit and vegetables which the allotment holders can't use up themselves or distribute to their friends and family.

Community allotment plot
Community allotment plot

This way it won't end up on their compost heaps but rather on the dinner table.

Melissa Stone from the Aylesbury Vineyard Church says:

"Aylesbury Community Fridge is thrilled to be collaborating with Aylesbury Town Council and the local community on the allotment project.

"By working together, we are stewarding the food grown effectively, distributing from local growers to people in the local area, fostering a spirit of sharing and developing community support and cohesion."

Community allotment plot - Melissa Stone & Town Mayor

The vision of the Community Fridge is not only to be a place of sharing and connection but it will also establish a social hub around it, promoting food education and community support and events.

Town Mayor Cllr Mike Smith says:

"The allotment project in co-operation with the Community Fridge is a great opportunity for people to try new things as some of our allotment holders grow fruit and vegetables which aren't widely available, such as Okra, Golden Raspberries, Kohlrabi or Romanesco Broccoli"

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