Fruit and veg giveaway goes viral

Incredible Edible, Left to right Sara Latimer, lorelai Latimer shrapel, Helen Burton, SUS-141009-124633001
Incredible Edible, Left to right Sara Latimer, lorelai Latimer shrapel, Helen Burton, SUS-141009-124633001

Pevensey Bay is a long way from Canada and the Philippines – but that didn’t stop enthusiasts admiring Helen Burton’s ‘Food is Free’ post on Facebook.

Helen is a committee member of Edible Eastbourne and last Sunday set up a Food is Free stand in her Beachlands front garden. She gave away organic apples, flower pots full of free-range eggs from her chickens and food plants she had grown herself.

Helen said, “I posted a photo on Facebook, and in less than 24 hours 971 people all around the world have seen my photo and I’ve had messages from people in Germany, America, Canada, India, the Philippines as well as across the UK.

“I want to encourage people to share produce with their community. The amazing response to my own free food table shows how popular this idea is. We are also working to grow food for the community to harvest in public places.”

Helen said anyone who is interested can join the on-trend food revolution. All they have to do is put their produce in their front garden with a ‘Help Yourself’ sign.”

She said people are also being encouraged to grow food to share with neighbours. Helen said, “I have an old wheelbarrow full of herb plants that I’m happy to share, and have plans to add a fruit tree, fruit bushes and other edible perennials. It needn’t be hard work either. A surprising amount of plants can be grown that are perennial, so permanent planting means less work that a standard veggie bed.”

Helen’s next ambition is to find people in Pevensey Bay to join her growing food for the village. Anyone wanting to take part or want to know more can email edibleeastbourne@aol.com or visit www.edibleeastbourne.org

And if people have their own Food is Free giveaway they can post details on the Edible Eastbourne Facebook page too.

Helen smiled “It would be great to see food sharing become a common occurrence.”