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

The last of the summer news!

Just to let you know about a few new campaigns/competitions and resources in the pipeline and some ideas for last minute pre-hol planting: – you could sow carrots/chard for cropping on your return. Also good to sow spinach/rocket as soon as you’re back in September. – the OPAL bug count pack contains a really well put together bug ID kit (particularly for Primary), see Bugs Count on www.opalexplorenature.org “I DON’T DIG PEAT” Get behind Garden Organic’s fight for peat-free gardening and help us make a change by saying ‘I Don’t Dig Peat’. (www.idontdigpeat.org.uk ) In the UK, more than 24 million wheelbarrows of peat are used every year by amateur gardeners. Despite peat being used so readily, most people don’t realise the destructive impact this has on the wider environment, including the homes of birds, insects and plants, not to mention the release of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. There are resources, information and useful downloads at www.idontdigpeat.org.uk BBC3 COMPETITION – deadline 5 August ARE YOU A SKILLED GARDENER BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 and 25? BBC THREE’s ‘Young Talent of the Year’ is the show celebrates the millions of young British workers whose skills won’t win them a million pound recording contract, but deserve recognition nonetheless! We’re looking for Gardeners between the ages of 16 and 25, who can be true ambassadors for their trade, are up for a challenge and want to showcase their skills to the world. The programme is now in it’s third series and previously we’ve unearthed young and talented Butchers, Fishmongers, Plumbers and Chefs, to name but a few.  This year we have five brand new categories: Carpenters, Farmers, Gardeners, Tailors and Bakers. We are currently scouring the country to find the best young Gardeners out there. Eventually 100 will be invited to an audition. Here they’ll face a written test on their professional expertise, and be interviewed by an industry expert to ensure they have the knowledge and potential to be BBC Three’s Young Gardener of the Year! Only twenty will then be selected to go forward in the selection process.  Here they’ll have to complete a hands on skills test and our judges will then decide which four will go forward to the filming of the show in September. The final four will face challenges based on the skills of their trade. Eventually one will walk away with the recognition, trophy and title of ‘BBC Three’s Young Gardener of the Year. To apply contact us TODAY! email: youngtalent@bbc.co.uk Or Call: 0161 244 3716 Applications deadline: 5th August 2011 – http://global-thinking.org.uk/resources – some great resources here for global learning. Hope you have a good relaxing holiday:-) Best wishes Liz — Liz Davies Garden Education Officer – East of England Food for Life Partnership – Garden Organic E: ldavies@gardenorganic.org.uk M: 07809 156144 Garden Organic, Ryton, Coventry, CV8 3LG (Based at home) … [Read more…]

Huntington’s Disease Association Southend Branch

HD QUIZ NIGHT. SAT 30th JULY…BEST QUIZ IN TOWN…£7.50 FOR FISH AND CHIPS AND AN EXCELLENT NIGHT OUT….GREAT BAR…GREAT COMPANY…(FISH-CHICKEN-SAUSAGE-VEG ROLL-SAVELOY…WITH CHIPS).     VENUE: EKCO SOCIAL CLUB, THORNFORD GARDENS, SOUTHEND, SS2 6PU. CALL DAVID ON 01702 304698   OR 07954 139064 TO PLACE YOUR FOOD ORDER AND GET YOUR TICKETS. HURRY- MAKE SURE YOU GET IN! … [Read more…]

Open Days

Sunday 21 August, 2.00 – 5.00pm: Westcliff Land Cultivation Society, Springfield Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SSO ORA Sunday 21 August: Broad Oak Herbs, Broad Oak Farm, Wadham Park Avenue, Hockley SS5 6AL, midday to about 4.30pm. People can bring a picnic or packed lunch if they want. They will provide refreshments of tea, coffee etc. Sunday 4 September, 11.00am – 4.00pm: Manchester Drive Allotments Society, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3EZ  (opposite Cricketfield Grove) – still in the planning stage but will probably include, bar-b-q, music, allotment tours, bug hunt, how to grow vines for wine, stalls. Saturday 24 September, 2. 00 – 5.00pm: Maike and Gerhard Windhorst, Mount Holly, Castledon Road, Downham, CM11 1LH, with orchard tour and cider-making demonstration included. Event to support national Friends of the Earth to enable them to keep their independence. … [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 ‘From Plot to Pot – planning what to grow’. This is taking place on Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, Walthamstow, London, E17 9RZ. This is a free event for schools professionals to develop a school growing area. An opportunity to plan what to grow in a school garden, from seed sowing to harvest, including vegetables and herbs. Suitable for new school gardeners. 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