Good news: inspired by a chance meeting at our South American fruit cocktail stand this summer, a school in Worcester has raised enough money to rebuild a house for a family in Colombia.
After headmaster Neil Morris met Rutie Stranack in the Mediterranean Biome, where she ran a series of cocktail workshops using exotic fruit from Colombia, he organised a sponsored non-uniform day back at school. The £1,000 collected at the Christopher Whitehead Language College means the Prieto family can now move into a new home, as their own house on a steep hillside is on the point of collapse (below, right).
The social enterprise Rutie works for, Fruto del Espiritu (which translates as ‘fruit of the spirit’) is encouraging people in the UK to buy fruits like lulo and maracuya, so that more farmers in Colombia can grow these instead of coca (cocaine), as they thrive in similar conditions.
Although the summer workshops are over at Eden, you can still buy fruit purée in our shop at the Eden Project to make your own cocktails, milkshakes and smoothies. We like the lulo flavour, a gooseberry-type fruit, which is an ideal alternative for farmers to cultivate in Colombia.