Two tonnes of apples picked by the community to give to charity

Olivia Knowlton,10, pours a bucket of apples.
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Olivia Knowlton,10, pours a bucket of apples.

Up to 2 tonnes of apples have been picked to be given to charity.

More than 60 people turned up to an orchard in Palmerston North on Tuesday to pick apples and pears as part of a community initiative. The fruit will be given to local charity Just Zilch as well as other organisations in the city.

Community Fruit Harvest Manawatu co-ordinator Madz BatachEl​ organised the picking and was delighted at the turnout.

Reuben Smit, 6, picks an apple.
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Reuben Smit, 6, picks an apple.

"It is pretty amazing. It's great that the community has turned up today."

BatachEl said they had been allowed to pick up to 2 tonnes of apples and half a tonne of pears to give out to charities. Volunteers were also allowed to take a few themselves to eat and share.

"We are able to share the help of people and share the food. Not everyone who needs help can come down and do picking."

The day was also a chance for children to spend some time in the environment during the school holidays.

"It's a good day out with the kids and a chance to see where fruit comes from."

Just Zilch co-ordinator Rebecca Culver said she was stoked to be getting the huge influx of fruit.

"We will be giving them away, that's what we do best. People coming in can take the fruit.

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Culver said they would be in touch with other organisations to share the load. School holiday programmes would also be able to benefit from the fruit.

Culver said she was excited at the prospect of having so much fruit.

"It will go a very long way."

The picking at Massey University follows on from a community picking of 50 acres of squash in Bulls, held the previous week.

BatachEl said a Bulls farmer had offered their squash because they would not be able to get it picked.

 - Stuff

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