Updated: Feb 21, 2022
We are delighted to announce that we have joined 'Fare Share Cymru'.
Who are they?
"FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 18 independent organisations. Together, we take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to more than 10,500 frontline charities and community groups."
What they do: "The food we redistribute is nutritious and good to eat. It reaches charities across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes. Every week we provide enough food to create almost a million meals for vulnerable people."
Why has Micro Acres Wales joined?
On occasion, here at Micro Acres Wales, we have surplus stock, after we have fulfilled our commercial and private customer orders.
In the past we have not 'thrown these away' as this goes against our sustainability philosophy. Rather we have given them, along with our 'roots and shoots' to some local chickens to much on. The remaining soil then gets composted. So where the chickens miss out (apologies to the chickens!), our local human community continue to benefit from our microgreens!
Fare Share Cymru, through our connection 'Simon', have very kindly written a case study about us too! Here it is:
Nutrient-rich microgreens donated to charity thanks to the Surplus with Purpose Cymru Fund.
"A small farm has helped vulnerable people stay healthy by donating their surplus microgreens to FareShare Cymru.
Micro Acres Wales is a small, urban farm based outside of Pontypridd, which began growing microgreens in 2021. Microgreens are a very nutrient-dense, rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can be used in a range of things such as salads, dressings and sandwiches.
Micro Acres Wales began when one of their founders, Chris, was diagnosed with the rare neurological condition, 'Ataxia'. Along with his health concerns, a family of fussy eaters inspired Chris to utilize his ‘green fingers’ and he began growing microgreens to make sure the whole family were eating nutritiously.
Micro Acres Wales now supply their microgreens to private customers, chefs, catering companies, delicatessens and cafes. They have also begun to attend farmer’s markets, which sometimes leaves them with surplus items that were no longer commercially viable.
As a growing business with a firm ethos of sustainability at its heart, Micro Acres Wales wanted to reduce their waste levels, and make sure that its microgreens were going to good use.
Having reached out to FareShare Cymru, we explored the possibility of using the Surplus With Purpose Cymru Fund to make it cost-neutral for them to donate their microgreens, providing nutrient-rich products for distribution across our network. FareShare Cymru was able to reimburse the costs associated with both the harvesting of the microgreens and the labour costs of packaging them in a ‘distribution-ready’ state.
Donna Graves, the co-founder of Micro Acres Wales, said: “We really value being able to put any of our surplus produce to good use, and being able to access the Surplus with Purpose Cymru Fund has been invaluable in this. As a growing firm, we need to balance doing the socially responsible thing with managing our own costs and outgoings. The Surplus with Purpose Cymru fund allows us to make sure that even when our microgreens are no longer commercially viable, or are approaching their end of life but are still perfectly safe to consume, they can do a lot of good in supporting vulnerable people”.
Sarah Germain, CEO of FareShare Cymru said: “We at FareShare Cymru fully recognize how essential it is that people have access to fresh vegetables and produce as part of their diet. Unfortunately, vulnerable communities often find these the most difficult to access. We are delighted to be able to work with Micro Acres Wales to ensure that their microgreens are able to add vital nutrients to the diet of our network of members across Wales.”
To find out how you could make it cost-neutral to donate your businesses' food surplus using our Surplus with Purpose Cymru fund, please visit our website to learn more."
We are totally honoured and humbled to have been invited to be a case study member.
If you know any local food retailers, food producers etc who may wish to become involved in this worthwhile project, please can we encourage you to let them know about 'Fare Share Cymru'. Local businesses supporting local communities, whilst reducing food waste too!
Donna and Chris x