How to tackle food waste and address social issues at a grass roots level - with Evan Zachary of Flower City Pickers
Evan is a Director at Flower City Pickers in Rochester in western New York state. Founded in January 2015, Flower City Pickers is a volunteer organisation that redistributes leftover and discarded produce from Rochester's Public Market to local homeless shelters, halfway houses, soup kitchens, food pantries, and other organizations that need food. Since they started, they have prevented over 600,000 pounds of food from going to landfill (which is around 270 tonnes for UK listeners).
In this episode we chat about how Flower City Pickers came to be, how they operate and how they have grown in the 3 years since they were founded. Evan has a clear passion for sustainability and ethical practices has a lot to say about the impact an organisation like FCP can have, as well as the reasons that organisation like theirs are needed in the first place. This was a really interesting conversation for me and I think it will be particularly good for those listeners with an interest in grass roots ethical movements.
*** A quick note about the audio: we spoke via an online platform and unfortunately there are some issues with the quality of the recording. The problems are particularly noticable at the start of the conversation, but the recording clears up as it carries on and is perfect for the last 30 minutes or so. I apologise and hope that you stick with it! If you're finding it too annoying you can skip to about the 40 minute mark and listen from there ***