In the media:
The Irish Food Writers Guild chose Falling Fruit Ireland for their Community Food Award for 2020! The annual awards were presented on Wednesday March 4 at a special lunch event in the Marker Hotel in Dublin. The menu for the lunch included sorbet made from apple juice which came from apples picked last year by Falling Fruit Volunteers – donated by many generous donors!
We dedicate this award to all the wonderful volunteers, the generous donors, kind helpers and friends who have made Falling Fruit the great success that it is!
Press Release for the IFWG Awards 2020 here.
Dublin Inquirer: “Getting Unwanted Fruit from Backyard Trees into Hungry Mouths“
Fare Ireland Documentary: “Food brings communities together. These tree stories show the power of a few to make a difference in their communities using something that connects us all”
Irish Times: “Is your garden or allotment producing such a profusion of fruit and vegetables that you don’t know what to do with it and yet you hate to see all that delicious homegrown produce going to waste? Falling Fruit Ireland is a community-based project established by Bernie Brannick which harvests the seasonal glut of fruit (apples, pears, plums, etc) and vegetables and distributes it to local charities.”
The Irish Times: Brannick also set up , an initiative in which people pick and share surplus fruit in private gardens for owners that can no longer do so themselves.
Dissertation: Falling Fruit and the Landscape of Urban Food Harvesting in Dublin by Emma Bradfield Skelly, Department of Geography, TCD. Dublin. “What the research finds is a strong network of like-minded people involved in many different projects with a focus on sharing and sustainability”.
Interview with Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene on RTE 2FM speaking with Bernie Brannick and Eoghan Parle about WeShare and Falling Fruit.
The Irish Times Magazine, September 10 2016.
“It doesn’t seem like a year, but apple season is rolling around again and Bernie Brannick of Dublin’s Falling Fruit Project is determined to make the 2016 harvest even bigger than last year’s. Bernie links volunteers who pick apples, pears, plums and nuts from forgotten trees or gardens where the harvest is too big for the homeowner. After the owner takes the first share, the rest of the produce goes to charities who put it to good use…” Catherine Cleary
The Irish Times Magazine – Catherine Cleary
Dublin Gazette: “Food Drive: Call to help gather unwanted fruit from across the city to help charities. Plucking at a way to help communities…” Aisling Kennedy (page 15)