Sharing Abundance is a viable, local food system involving mutual exchange of fresh produce and labour in a fun, sociable way. Inspired by seeing so much perfectly beautiful fruit being allowed to drop from trees and rot on footpaths, alleyways and backyards, Sharing Abundance was developed to locate, harvest and maintain those trees and share the fruit equitably in the community.
Harvesting and sharing seasonal abundance are critical activities in order to establish an alternative food system, avoid wastage and re-connect people with where their food comes from. Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked because people don’t notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there is just too much fruit at one time. Sharing Abundance mobilises teams of volunteers to harvest and redistribute abundant fruit. The harvested fruit is distributed 3 ways; to the owner of the fruit tree, to the volunteers that harvest the tree and to a local community enterprise such as a school or aged care facility.