Paviland Farm access Surplus with Purpose Fund to Donate 1200 Pumpkins

FareShare Cymru is pleased to have received a generous donation of pumpkins from Paviland Farm which will be of great use to our members. Paviland Farm was able to access the Surplus with Purpose (SWP) fund which allowed it to donate its surplus food without experiencing financial loss.

This perfectly edible food can now go on help supply the local community which otherwise would have gone to waste.

Paviland Farm is a traditional family farm based in Gower that is on a journey towards regenerative farming. The farm has a rich history, tracing all the way back to the 1500s and one of its aim is to sustainably grow fresh vegetables for the local community. All of its vegetables are both natural and sustainable, and are produced without chemicals, artificial fertilisers, or plastic packaging.

Louisa Harry-Thomas, from Paviland Farm, said:

“After the peak season for pumpkins had passed, we were left with a large quantity that didn’t have a commercial market. We wanted to do the right things with these, so we reached out to FareShare Cymru to explore how we could ensure they went to people that could use them, rather than go to waste. FareShare made it so easy to both donate the pumpkins to their network of charities, but also to cover our costs in transporting them up to Cardiff. We’d be delighted to work with them again in the future.”

The SWP fund covers the costs of labour, packaging, and costs of transporting the food. By eliminating these barriers, businesses like Paviland Farm can now donate to FareShare Cymru at no additional cost. FareShare Cymru is able to offer this fund to businesses who have food to donate but aren’t able to afford the costs that come with donating food. We are aware of the struggles businesses in Wales are facing with the rise of the cost-of-living crisis and want to ensure we can do the most to support them, as well as our members, at this time.

Simon Stranks, the Food Sourcing Coordinator for FareShare Cymru, said:

“We’re thrilled to be able to support a local Welsh farm by making it cost-neutral to donate its surplus produce to FareShare Cymru. The SWP Cymru fund is entirely about unlocking surplus food, and we were pleased to work with Paviland Farm to cover the costs of transporting these pumpkins from Rhossili to Cardiff.”

The goal of the SWP fund is to make it easier and more cost-effective for businesses to donate their surplus – each year thousands of tonnes of food goes to waste unnecessarily. By making the process cost-neutral for suppliers we can ensure that individuals facing the hardest times have access to healthy and nutritious meals.

Further information

SWP Fund: The Surplus with Purpose Cymru Re-launch – FareShare Cymru
Paviland Farm:
Paviland Farm
Make a donation – FareShare Cymru
Volunteering Opportunities – FareShare Cymru