A snapshot of some of the vibrant and hardworking crew who run Apple Day Brighton.
What motivates people to be part of Apple Day, come rain or shine?
Apple Day is a great place to enthuse people about local food, particularly apples and Sussex apples. The genetic diversity of all these apples is really important. There are 35-ish Sussex apples, 2,000-ish UK apples, 6,000 + worldwide apple varieties. They are all different, they will taste different, they have their own season, their own use, they all have have adaptations to different climates and different diseases. So we need that diversity, especially in the face of a changing climate.
If you want apples through the season you need probably 20 or 30 varieties to get you from the first one that ripens in July through to the one that you pick in October, that isn’t really ripe until after Christmas and stores till April without even any refrigeration.
Apple Day gets people passionate about it, involved in the juicing, gets them involved in community orchards and planting trees in their own gardens. Apple Day gets people thinking “Yes we can do that at home, we can do that in our communities!”
We’re always so impressed by the various skills the volunteers and staff bring to Apple Day and the good vibes of the visitors when they come.
We’ve got a brilliant team of people. It’s attracts a brilliant team of course because people are passionate about making a difference. I think it’s that threefold difference, of making a difference in people’s communities, making a difference environmentally, and that personal difference as well. It’s all that in a single project. It embodies what Permaculture is about.
Thank you for not just being fair weather friends!