“Tree Bog” Course and Booking Form

With Jay Abrahams of ‘Biologic Designs Ltd’ Jay is the originator of the tree bog concept. At Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning Dates: 16th – 18th Sept 2011 Course will cover theory, design and construction. Cost: £180 per person – this will cover food and accommodation. Food will include produce from our own farm and gardens. To request a booking form, please contact LAMBOURNE END CENTRE, MANOR ROAD, LAMBOURNE END, ESSEX, RM4 1NB www.lambourne-end.org.uk 020 8500 3047 … [Read more…]

Potato Day 2011

THE  FIRST SE ESSEX POTATO DAY! Leigh-on-Sea Allotment & Leisure Garden Association in association with SE Essex Organic Gardeners and kindly hosted by Trust Links Fifteen years ago, as part of the HDRA’s (now Garden Organic) commitment to biodiversity, the first Potato Day was held, the brainchild of Jackie Gear MBE. It has now grown to a major event attracting thousands of visitors to Ryton. Several local organic groups (and latterly allotments, other gardening groups and garden centres) have picked up on the idea. Ours was a joint effort, both financially and otherwise, organised and run entirely by volunteers from the Leigh-on-Sea Allotment & Leisure Garden Association, in conjunction with Julian Turner, organiser of the East Anglia Potato Day, and kindly hosted by Trust Links. Julian warned us straightaway that the first lesson we would learn would be the weight of the stock and that we needed to accept that setting up took time and oomph! We offered over thirty varieties (one third organic), which we sold by the tuber. Well, it rained persistently all day, and the gazebo was challenging at the beginning, but everyone was pleased with the result. On the day, we took £45.00 on Alan Romans’ booklets, £112.00 admission fees (112 people), £320.70 on potato tubers, making a total of £477.70. Anji Stratton, Trust Links’ Training and Employment Co-ordinator, very kindly supplied welcome refreshments during the event. As our ‘residual stock was significant but not intimidating’ we decided to try our luck at the Leigh Farmers’ Market, followed by a few more gallant efforts during the next few weekends at the Leigh clubhouse until Robert Wiseman carted the remaining tubers off to his local car boot sale for us! We say THANK YOU TO everyone who made this happen, especially Audrey, Barbara and Alan and, of course, to Phil Cooper for including our event in his website potatoday.org Carole (Click thumbnails to enlarge)   … [Read more…]

Food for Life Partnership

Dear Colleague, We would like to invite you to our Free Food for Life Partnership all day CPD Event ‘An introduction to  food growing for school cooks and caterers’.  This is taking place on Wednesday 12 October 2011 at Queens Wood Cafe and Organic Garden, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3JP. This is a free event for schools professionals as an introduction to when locally grown fruit and vegetables are in season; composting food waste; and how to start  growing food for the school meal. This will  support schools working towards the Food for Life Partnership Bronze and  Silver awards. Numbers for this event are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Bookings can be made  via email at: fflp@gardenorganic.org.uk or telephone: 02476 217747. Many thanks Garden Organic Education Team, Wolston Lane, Coventry, CV8 3L