A yearly recurring event is the autumn apple harvest, as the land of the Donkey Paradise has lots of apple trees with cider apples.
It’s not always easy to carry out all the donkey-related tasks ánd collect all the apples, but this year we were fortunate enough to have a lot of helpers. They had to shake the apples from the trees and put them in 30-kilo bags. These bags will then be taken to the village, where they are collected by the truck from a cider factory in Nava.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of the helpers and the warm weather we were able to collect 10.000 kilos! The money is used for necessary reforms of the buildings.
The pictures below will give you an impression of this year’s apple harvest and the amount of work done by a lot of wonderful volunteers! Marleen
Perfect weather for picking apples.
Kees is shaking the Apples off the tree – “Stand clear everyone!”
Volunteers hard at work.
Time to give Canela a hug.
Volunteers enjoy a well-earned meal.
Mmm, that apple smells really good.
Bags of apples all in a row.
Jesse and Simone piling the apples up in the village ready for collection.
Phew! Finished at last. This photo says it all.
Apples are loaded onto the wagon for transportation to the factory.
Cider tasting in the factory. It was all worth while!