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There are a number of ways that our activities are funded:

1. Raising money:

  • Donations – large and small amounts – cash collections at events and one off gifts
  • Fundraising events – sales of goods, plants, refreshments (see the Events Page)
  • Grants for specific time-limited projects for a particular purpose
  • Small donations via the Just Giving online service
  • Presenting talks about Edible York to gardening clubs and other groups.

2. By support ‘in kind’:

  • Donations of seeds, plants for the gardens, growing space (thank you Yorkshire Chillies!)
  • Materials to help the gardens grow - bark chippings, manure
  • Fruit bushes such as those kindly donated from RVRoger
  • Plants grown on windowsills, in greenhouses and gardens, and donated by our wonderful members (you!)
  • Extras donated from gardens and allotment - eg. raspberry canes, strawberry runners, unwanted gooseberry bushes etc.

3. By the number of hours of unpaid work provided by the trustees and volunteers throughout the year:

  • Thousands of gardening, seed sowing hours from members each year
  • Watering in hot weather by passers by and friendly local businesses (more support always wanted in summer!)
  • Generous commitment of trustees at meetings and AGM
  • Administration of the charity
  • Organisation of large scale events (Edible Open Gardens, Bloom festival.)

Without our active members all donating many hours throughout the year and our trustees meeting regulary to progress new/struggling projects, none of this would be happening. From all of these people, thousands of hours of time are donated every year to make us so successful.

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Edible Map

At Edible York, we’re working with the community to provide every local and organic food growing opportunity available. This also includes highlighting and pointing out areas where wild produce is already ripe for picking and areas which are ideal for foraging for delicious natural treats.

There is a world of goodness outside your home and with a simple look at our Edible Map; you’ll soon see the vast array of naturally growing wild produce just waiting to be enjoyed. In addition to mapping out all the public food growing space that are known of across the York area, Abundance, York’s urban harvesting group is also hoping to collect details of private fruit and vegetable sources. The map itself shows only publicly available areas.

Across York, the Edible Map highlights a vast array of wild fruit trees, ready for their fruit to be harvested and enjoyed, without a polythene bag in sight. From sweet chestnuts to wild apples and damsons to blackberries, the fruit available across York may surprise some people, who weren’t previously aware of the extent of wild, natural produce available. The Edible Map is collated by members of the Edible York team but also accepts submissions from readers who have spotted something interesting.

As well as fruit trees and bushes, plucky foragers have spotted many naturally occurring herbs and spices amongst the hedgerows of the area. The map shows sites growing of garlic mustard, horseradish and even edible roses. With the vast array of natural produce growing, our work at Edible York can only serve to help the community build up from this great starting point and further develop the sustainable food sources in the area.