Greg Imbur created this document to share with owners of apple trees in Goshen.
Community Cider Press Project of Goshen
Hello! We are reaching out to you because our goal is to use local fruit trees to make cider. By procuring a community press, we hope to create an easier way for people to make cider. Below is an overview of the project…please take a moment to read this, and then join us if you are interested. Happy Harvesting!
Cider Pressing Requirements
The main requirement is a willingness to have fun and build community…beyond that, we hope that the existence of (at least) one community cider press will allow local residents to utilize “low-hanging fruit” close to home. The other main requirements are fruit or trees and people willing to invest a little time and effort. (To respect the rights of property owners, any fruit—or trees from which fruit may be harvested—needs to be first identified and then accessed with permission.)
Cider Pressing Groups
We do not envision a particular way that groups would access fruit or use the cider press, but it is easy to imagine events organized by private or public groups, such as those within schools, churches, neighborhood associations, or by some other common denominator or interest. We’re also making an effort to recruit more folks with interests in advancing this project. We are planning a crowd funding campaign, a cider pressing party (or several!), and meetings to brainstorm other ways to move ahead.
While the vision (and action) of purchasing a cider press is clear enough, we also want to emphasize that this project is meant to create opportunities to gather around and celebrate local food production and community. (For example, whether a group of residents in The Orchard neighborhood are interested in having their own hobby orchardist society, whether the folks at Chandler Elementary School want to press the apples on their tree, or whether a church organization wants to have an annual event using whatever fruit sources it has access to…we’re glad to see any or all of those opportunities materialize!)
Community Cider Press Project Volunteers and Support
In the spirit of this being a community-based project, we really need your support and involvement to help form a cider pressing network. In short, we can use whatever time, interest, and energy you can provide to help get a community cider press into place. To better develop the cider pressing network, we’ve begun a list of individuals, organizations, churches, resources, etc. who may be interested in supporting or collaborating with the project in some way. For more about who we are and how you can get involved, please visit us at: www.transitiongoshen.org/apples
If you want to speak to someone, feel free to call Greg Imbur at (574) 536-6854
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS ON THE COMMUNITY CIDER PRESS PROJECT
Because of 2012’s drought conditions, most fruit trees are loaded with fruit in 2013…to the point that branches are breaking. For anyone who knows of a tree or plant with fruit, we hope s/he can form a group to harvest and enjoy that abundance. Helping enable a gleaning program is a direct step to reducing food waste, and this is just one way to do so enjoyably. Being able to set folks up for a day with a press and some basic education could be a catalyst for community gatherings (public or private), building relationships while having a good time.
Expertise and Resources
While we are excited about the possibilities of this project, we’re the first to admit that we’re not authorities on cider pressing. We have picked some fruit (mostly apples), pressed for cider, but we’re far from experts. We hope to identify folks who can identify the types of fruit trees in the community, advise on how to care for those fruit trees, or provide any other helpful knowledge and skills.
We want to make it easier for other folks to inform themselves and get involved.
One possible way to do this is to form a more extensive fruit tree map in a readily accessible public resource that folks can go to directly. We already have the platform to host and organize this and whatever other local information we can gather. Again, please visit www.transitiongoshen.org/apples or call Greg Imbur at (574) 536-6854. Thank you for being part of this adventure!