One of the permaculture principles is to create no waste.
The scrumping project was born in 2011 (?) to address the amount of fruit that goes to waste locally.
We turn our fantastic local resources of apples, pears and plums in to raw juices, pasteurised flavoured juices , cider, cider vinegar and various preserves.
Why we scrump
90% of traditional orchards in the UK have been lost since the 1950’s, destroying sustainable food systems as well as great wildlife ecosystems and resulting in the loss of some heritage varieties and ancient trees.
In local commercial orchards every year hundreds of tonnes of fruit goes unpicked or never leaves an orchard. LINK? Good food can end up completely unused or as compost or animal feed. For some foods 20% of the crop is wasted before the farm gate. (WRAP)
Every year tonnes of fruit go unpicked from private gardens and communal spaces. This could be from a lack of equipment (e.g. ladders or juicing equipment) or lack knowledge in how to preserve the fruit.
The UK imports truckloads of fruit from all around the world (in 2017 around 67% of apples consumed in the U.K. were imported according to DEFRA statistics) Needless to say, using produce that is grown on our doorstep reduces food miles and therefore carbon emissions in the food system.
Our juicing activities are a great way to engage with children and adults, encouraging them to think about local food production and food waste issues generally.
What we do
The Fruit Factory is home to the Brighton Permaculture Trust scrumping project. Each year we process up to 40 tons of unwanted fruit from local gardens and orchards into delicious products while talking to the passing public about what truly local food is all about.
Our dedicated scrumping team relies on lots of enthusiastic volunteers who contribute to all aspects picking, processing, juicing, pasteurising, and inventing new recipes.
The products we make are unique in their freshness and truly local in production. Over the years we have developed our fantastic and delicious range of juices which now includes:
Apple and mint, Fiery (chilli and ginger), Golden spice (turmeric and black pepper), list all…
Something about cider
Juicing demonstrations at events, kids juicing sessions and at weekends outside our Fruit Factory (September to December/January).
Our produce is one of the key elements of our Apple Day Brighton celebration. At Apple Day you can have a go at using our traditional press, watch our team make huge quantities of juice throughout the day with apples from our orchards and scrumped from Brighton & Hove and enjoy a cup of the freshest pressed juice to quench your thirst.
What we’ve achieved so far
- Restored two old orchards in Stanmer Park
- Developed the Fruit Factory as a base for juicing and pasteurising brewing our range
- Collected and used an average of X tonnes per year of fruit that would otherwise have been wasted or composted. This includes fruit from individual gardens as well as from commercial orchards and the orchards we manage.
- Passed on skills to volunteers
- Worked with the Gleaning Network and developed partnerships with other organisations?
- one more educational achievement – schools/kids/public
- The sale of our products has gone back to help fund the expansion of the project
Volunteering: sign up to our volunteer mailing list to find out about volunteering opportunities including fruit picking, juicing, bottling, labelling, selling
Buying produce: We have a stall outside the Fruit Factory in Stanmer Village every Sunday, 11am-3pm, at these events (link) Our products can also be found at …
Donating fruit or giving us access to pick your surplus fruit: link to poster (Liz providing from AD info) contact us link
Bring your own fruit to us to turn into juice for you: In season (September to December) when we are juicing at the Fruit Factory you can book a slot to have your own fruit juiced at (rate)
Donate: support this work by link to donate page
Increase amount of products and sales outside fruit factory every sat and sun 11-4 This includes juicing demonstrations in season ( sept to Dec / Jan )
Get our juices into local retailers e.g. Infinity foods
Developing courses: Empower others to use our local resources by teaching juicing, processing and preserving skills. New courses to follow ( link to courses pages)
Retailing our cider to both pubs and individuals
Developing a mobile platform juicing station and putting the finishing touches to our multifunctional fruit factory venue.