The Orchard Project – the people behind London’s community-made cider, Local Fox Cider – have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help keep this unique tipple alive.
With less than a week to go, The Orchard Project is hoping to raise £17,500 by 10 December to keep the production of Local Fox Cider running, since its funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund is coming to an end.
The Orchard Project has been producing delicious Local Fox cider and apple juice from London’s unwanted apples since 2016. The drinks are made purely from fruit harvested in London – 100% local and no air miles. The fruit used is donated or rescued from gardens, orchards and parks where it would otherwise be left to rot.
Every part of the process, from crushing and pressing to bottling and labelling, is conducted by hand. This innovative mission happens each year thanks to an army of eager volunteers and support from funders.
The Orchard Project, at the time of writing, has so far raised £12,985 via its Crowdfunder campaign. There are numerous rewards being offered for those who support the project including gift cards, cotton tea towels, apple cider vinegar, a foraging walk in North London, a pruning workshop and a box of Local Fox cider.
Around 700 volunteers have been trained by The Orchard Project in harvesting, pressing and bottling, while raising awareness about food waste.
The continuation of Local Fox cider will enable The Orchard Project to give back tools and training in fruit tree care to the community orchards who share their surplus with us, which helps to improve London’s green spaces.
The Orchard Project is aiming to produce over 10,000 litres of juice and cider per year, and to rescue 40 tonnes of fruit by the end of 2019.
If you would like to support The Orchard Project’s Local Fox cider, please visit their fundraising page on Crowdfunder
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea