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Bring home the Harvest: how your church can get involved

Autumn 2014 marks the return of the Bring Home the Harvest campaign for British Food Fortnight, bringing together churches and communities from across the UK to help rekindle the age old tradition of celebrating the Harvest ...

Autumn 2014 marks the return of the Bring Home the Harvest campaign for British Food Fortnight, bringing together churches and communities from across the UK to help rekindle the age old tradition of celebrating the Harvest.
 
As the largest showcase of British food on the national calendar, BFF aims to spread #HarvestFever and are encouraging more churches, more communities, more schools and more young people to start planning their Harvest activities now.
 
The Arthur Rank Centre, the churches’ only rural resource unit, is encouraging churches across the country to get involved in British Food Fortnight (BFF). Dozens of initiatives are happening, which will enable churches to involve younger people and other members of their local community.

A special section of the Church of England’s A Church Near You website has been set up to highlight all the local Harvest celebrations in church communities. A Harvest Near You can be accessed directly via www.aharvestnearyou.com and churches are invited to add their celebration, harvest service, harvest supper and any other events to the calendar, remembering to include the word ‘harvest’. The rest will happen automatically!

Churches can also get involved with:

  • Bring Home the Harvest in your Community: In association with The Telegraph BFF are searching for the community and group of young people that organise the most innovative, inclusive and imaginative harvest celebration, a perfect opportunity for churches to involve the wider community, and to be part of a very special national project. 2013 saw an explosion of activity including seasonal suppers, scarecrow competitions, community grape harvesting and charity food collections. There is a new category for young people in 2014
     
  • Competition winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Raymond Blanc, Countryfile’s Adam Henson, Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Elizabeth Truss MP
     
  • #HarvestFever:  harvest enthusiasts will be invited to show off their home grown produce with the funkiest ever “Harvest Fever” selfies by posing for pictures at local church events, allotments, etc. Using the hashtag #HarvestFever, and tagging @LoveBritishFood and @FarmersGuardian, they will be able to nominate people they  know for “Harvest Fever forwarding” on Facebook and Twitter

You can find Harvest posters and resources for your church here on the CPO website

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