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“Yellow Ribbon” harvest project: fruits on campus for free to save it from spoilage

Hof University of Applied Sciences is participating in the nationwide “Yellow Ribbon” harvest campaign at its Hof and Münchberg campuses. The fruit trees, which are marked with bright yellow ribbons, may be harvested for personal use on the university campus free of charge and without consultation once they have matured. The nationwide “Yellow Ribbon” campaign ensures that more fruit trees are harvested in Germany and that more fruit is utilized as a result.

The yellow ribbons attached to the trees – along with explanatory text – indicate participation in the harvesting project; Image: Hof University;

Time and again in autumn, it can be observed that fruit from local orchards falls to the ground unused and rots, while supermarkets sell supposedly immaculate fruit, which, however, often has a long journey to Germany behind it. In order to change this to some extent, Hof University of Applied Sciences would like to set a good example here and is releasing the yield of its fruit trees to the public.

University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann on the campaign:

According to official estimates, around eleven million tons of food end up in the garbage can in Germany every year – a large proportion of which is fruit and vegetables. With our participation in the Yellow Ribbon, we want to ensure on the one hand that the yield from our fruit trees is actually used. On the other hand, in line with our sustainability strategy, we want to help ensure that consumers have a positive relationship with regional and seasonal fruit and also use it consciously.”

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, university president

The fruit trees that can be used in this way are located on the Hof campus between the Alfons-Goppel-Platz traffic circle and the university parking lot on Jobst-Rüthner-Strasse. In Münchberg, one tree is located directly at the main building.

By the way: In order to be able to expand the campaign in the coming years, the university recently planted more fruit trees at its campuses.

Rainer Krauß

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