Gathering More Momentum: Sunday 13th November 10am-5pm

A day to refine plans against the return of genetically engineered crops at the beautiful Hawkwood Nursery in Walthamstow, one of London’s most spectacular community growing projects. For directions see here: The agenda will include: 1) A brief overview on current circumstances for beginners 2) Introductions to – Campaigning on British trial sites- potatoes and the new wheat – Takeaway the GM oil – meet the new campaign materials for helping get your local chippie GM free – GM oil in supermarkets – background on the community impacts of Roundup Ready Soya in South America, and dreaming up stunts to get it back off the shelves again – Research into health impacts and lobbying –  GM free zone mapping – creating an up to date graphic database for the farmers and the public to register their growing sites as GM free zones 3) Planning sessions on those areas where there’s most enthusiasm 4) Affinity group training to help us build a network of autonomous groups ready for action If you have any proposals for additional campaign ideas we’d really welcome them before the 10th November. Please send a 100 word outline and your phone number to Please remember that, as this is a public meeting, it would be wise not to discuss any plans that are reliant on a level of surprise to be effective. Bring warm clothes and sturdy footwear if you’d like to go exploring. A fine vegan organic lunch will be provided for donations. If you could register your intention to attend by replying to this email we can make sure there’s enough to go round. Basic overnight accommodation can be made available for those that need it; please let us know by the 10th of November if you’ll be requiring it. … [Read more…]

‘Organic Fruit Growing in Schools’

Dear Colleague, We would like to invite you to our free Food for Life Partnership all day CPD Event ‘Organic Fruit Growing in Schools’.  This is taking place on Thursday 17 November  2011 at Waltham Place, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berkshire, SL6 3JH. This is a free event for schools professionals.  This opportunity is about choosing what fruit to grow, how, when and where.  Suitable for anyone new to growing fruit in school.  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: or telephone: 02476   217747. Many thanks Garden Organic Education Team Wolston Lane, Coventry, CV8 3L   … [Read more…]

Apple Weekend Harvest Supper

Saturday, 15th October 2011 – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Apple Weekend Harvest Supper Films (running continuously in church), locally grown vegetable soup from 6.30 p.m. Apple quiz – engagement and discussion, bring and share apple desserts and recipes. Ticket Adult £2.50 Child £1.00 (advance booking required), bring your own drinks. Venue: St. Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1QA More information: 01702 213134 or 07813 693107 or visit … [Read more…]

Nick Bali’s Warre Beehive

Nick Bali’s Warre beehive on 29 August 2011. He said “it’s nearly finished; it just needs 4 legs (easy) and 3 windows (not so easy) – I’ve decided not to use paint. It’s just had its second coat of oil.” To quote from an article by David Heaf, the Warre beekeeping expert in the U.K., Permaculture Magazine No 61… ” Warre beekeeping is far less intrusive than the conventional method; the only time the hive is disturbed is for a few minutes once yearly when a portion of their honey is removed. This means that the hive maintains a constant temperature and, most importantly, ends the practice of robbing colonies of most of their valuable nutritional reserves and replacing them with sugar syrup, which lacks the minerals, nutrients and other bee health- promoting substances found in honey.” … [Read more…]