We make award-winning apple juice and cider from apples collected from the gardens of Oxfordshire. These are apples that would normally fall to the ground and rot - but we hate the idea of wasting them, so we go out into our local communities and save as many as possible.
Our project has two main goals, other than producing amazing juice:
The first is that we want our business to be sustainable. We encourage people with apple trees in their gardens to keep them and maintain them. This way we are able to promote the use of existing trees and good fruit, rather than cutting them down because they consider them a nuisance. Our team is also involved in planting new apple trees with the aim of offsetting carbon emissions.
Our second objective is to involve charity groups and the wider community. We have worked with Edge Housing (housing for the homeless), FarmAbility (therapeutic activity for those with learning activities and autism), and Abundance Oxford (urban food harvesting). We have loved being able to work with these charities. Particularly when our project has been used as part of a rehabilitation/learning programme, people have found the time they spend picking and pressing apples hugely beneficial. Others from the community have also joined us - it has been great to have them and they have loved the experience.
How You Can Help
It is with this second goal that we need your help.
In order to invite groups to work with us again this year, we need to upgrade our premises - the picture below shows our awning that blew down in strong winds meaning we had to cancel a couple of sessions. Our storage spaces need doors to keep our equipment safe. And we need a new marquee so that we can have large numbers of people helping out.
The marquee will cost us about £900 and the two sets of doors will be about £1600 total.
By supporting us you are allowing a small independent to make space for local charities that really make a difference. Thank you!