About Helen Andrew

Helen is the creator of Spare Harvest, a sharing platform that connects you to your community to share what you have spare in your kitchen and garden. Helen was inspired to create this sharing community when her existing network did not want her excess mandarins. You see, they also had more than they needed. Helen believes these valuable food and garden resources should not be wasted, as there will be someone in the community who will use them. Since launching Helen has shared glass jars, plants, herbs, produce and tools with her community.

Merryl’s Donated Pickles

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Merryl's Pickles are legendary. I met Merryl when she enquired about my spare glass jars that I listed on Spare Harvest.   I had several jars that were destined for the recycling bin and wondered if anyone would like to use them.  After I connected with Merryl, I invited her to pick them up from my home [...]

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Our Food Future

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Our food future looks grim if we continue to produce food that is unhealthy and unsustainable. We are producing fewer varieties that are no longer nutritionally dense in a way that undermines our environment, health and climate.  Irakli Loladze research found that "Across nearly 130 varieties of plants and more than 15,000 samples collected from experiments [...]

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Waste Not, Want Not

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Food waste, it’s one of our greatest modern tragedies.  According to the FAO, one-third of edible food produced is wasted. This equates to approximately 1.3 billion tonnes. If food waste were a country, it would be the third-highest emissions after China and the US. Not only is wasting food a disgrace, but the wasted food also [...]

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Sharing is Caring

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Sharing is not a new concept, in fact, it is quite an old activity.  Communities have shared with each other since the dawn of time.  But since the advent of technology, sharing has taken on a new meaning.  It is often referred to as the sharing economy but is also known as the collaborative consumption or the [...]

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