Growth Therapy Medaltastic

It's Medaltastic for Growth Therapy

Congratulations to our Growth Therapy Group, who scooped a magnificent seven medals at the West Midlands Flower Show at Glasshouse College, Stourbridge.

The group were awarded two first prizes for best scarecrow and homemade chutney; using beetroot from the project. Second place for their runner beans, carrots, action photograph and pear preserve, all grown in the Growth Therapy garden here at Garden Organic. This was closely followed by third prize for their wildlife habitat.

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The Great Beananza

It's Bean Fantastic!

Vote to win - It's time for you to show your support by voting for your favourite entry in the Heritage Seed Library's Great Beananza!

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Small Hive Beetle found in Italy

The Italian National Reference Centre for beekeeping has confirmed the presence of the Small Hive Beetle (SHB) in Gioia Tauro, South West Italy. The Small Hive Beetle is a statutory notifiable pest of honey bee colonies across Europe. The SHB is indigenous to Africa but has spread to the USA, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Cuba, where it has proved to be a serious threat to European honey bees.

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Fresh Rootz

Fresh Rootz get set for Channel 4's Sunday Brunch

Garden Organic is delighted to announce that Fresh Rootz, the café/restaurant based here at Ryton Organic Gardens has been selected as finalists in the British Street Food Finals. The finals take place in Millenium Square, Leeds next week, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September.

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Peabody in Bloom Winner

Award for North London Master Gardeners

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener community food growing project Grow Clyde Road has won the Best Vegetable Garden category, in the 'Peabody in Bloom Awards 2014'.

The project based on the Clyde Road estate in Tottenham, North London, was launched in March with the aim of bringing the community together with a shared passion for growing their own food.

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Trifetti Chilli

West Dean Chilli Fiesta

The Garden Organic team were joined by a fantastic group of local members at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta, for a weekend dedicated to all things hot and spicy.

Visitors to the Garden Organic stand ranged from first time gardeners looking for advice, to more experienced organic growers. Our team enjoyed telling visitors about the benefits of joining Garden Organic and the Heritage Seed Library (HSL), as well as the campaigning and lobbying work we’re involved

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Masters Conference 2014

Annual Masters Conference at Garden Organic

Garden Organic welcomed one-hundred-and-fifty Volunteer Master Gardeners and Composters from across the country to the Annual Masters Conference at Ryton Organic Gardens, near Coventry.

Master Gardeners and Composters are volunteers who are passionate about growing organic food and composting. There are currently around 1,000 active Master Gardeners and Composters, who have been trained to offer support and encouragement to people who’d like to grow their own food or start composting in their gardens, allotments, and community spaces. The schemes have been in existence for more than ten years and are designed to spread the word about growing your own food and composting through the Garden Organic Volunteer Mentor Networks.

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Public health

Public Health officials inspired by Garden Organic projects

The Garden Organic team welcomed Senior Public Health Commissioners from across the UK to the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove Estate this week, for an engagement event designed to showcase the positive impact growing organic food has on health.

Garden Organic is currently involved with more than twenty Public Health projects across the UK; these range from helping prisoners overcome substance misuse, social and therapeutic horticulture, as well as the more established Master Gardener and Composters community programmes.

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Sandringham Flower Show

Garden Organic joined forces with the Norfolk Organic Group and the Breckland Master Gardeners at the Sandringham Flower show this week.

The prestigious flower celebrated its 133rd year and was attended by our Patron, the Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall. The show boasted more than 200 trade stands, a wide variety of horticultural competitions, entertainment and a military band.

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Nutritional differences in organic food

Nutritional differences in organic food

A new study led by Newcastle University, published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition, has shown that organic crops and crop-based foods – including fruit, vegetables and cereals – are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than their non-organic counterparts.

The landmark study, Nutritional Composition of Organic Crop Foods, is the largest of its kind, carried out by an international team and concluded that as well as being higher in antioxidants, organic crops also contain significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals.

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