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Sheepdrove AGM

Garden Organic welcomed more than 100 members to AGM

Garden Organic welcomed more than 100 members from across the country to the Annual General Meeting at Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire last Thursday, 14th May.

Chief Executive James Campbell shared Garden Organic’s key successes during the last year; from engaging with local organic groups, an increased presence at horticultural events, to the wider promotion of our Heritage Seed Library; as well as plans to celebrate the charity’s Diamond jubilee in 2018.

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Increase Your School Meal Take Up - Free Training Workshops

A free school support package, funded by the DfE, has been launched in England to kick start school meal take up in junior, middle, secondary, special schools and PRU.
The package includes training, action plans and expert regional support. More info at Food For Life/Take Up. This workshop is aimed at staff with the responsibility for implementing a change to school food (e.g. subject teacher, site manager, bursar or catering team member). There's no charge to attend this workshop.

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Increase Your School Meal Take Up - Free training for In-house school cooks

A free school support package, funded by the DfE, has been launched in England to kick start school meal take up in junior, middle, secondary, special schools and PRU. The package includes training, action plans and expert regional support. Find out more and register today: www.foodforlife.org.uk/takeup This two-part workshop is designed for inhouse cooks, and delivered by those who are themselves experienced school cooks. The workshop gives practical advice and information on how to support an increase in take up, including:

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Cape Teaser

Winning title for Heritage Seed Library tomato

Congratulations to James Pollard winner of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) competition to name our latest variety of Heritage tomato with the title "Cape Teaser".

When the tomato seeds were sent was sent in by a member from Taunton they was nameless, so it was given the working name ‘Orange’. This year the variety underwent trials to assess its suitability for inclusion in the collection and has now been officially accepted. Cape Teaser will be available in the 2016 catalogue for our HSL members, from December.

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Growing From Your Roots

Garden Organic awarded Growing From Your Roots project

Garden Organic is delighted to announce it’s been awarded £71,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the Growing From Your Roots project.

The project will document the stories behind the exotic crop plants being grown by multi-cultural communities in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands. The project will look at how this produce first came to be grown in the UK, the challenges of growing in the British climate and the importance of growing these crops, to individuals and communities.

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Courses Ryton Organic Gardens and CAT

New partnership announced by Garden Organic and the Centre for Alternative Technology

Two of the UK's leading organisations pioneering organic methods of gardening are joining forces to offer a range of interesting courses to the general public. Garden Organic and the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) will be exchanging courses throughout 2015, covering a range of topics such as composting, organic gardening, building a garden bench, making a compost toilet and a beginners guide to renewable energy.

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Grow your own picnic

New London School’s Garden Competition launches for Grow Your Own Picnic 2015

The Food Growing Schools: London partnership, led by Garden Organic, has launched Grow Your Own Picnic 2015 for the second year with a fantastic, new Grow Your Own School Garden Competition - and this time schools don’t need to be garden experts to win!

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Incredible Edible Leamington

Garden Organic team up with Incredible Edible Leamington

Last Tuesday, 21st April, Garden Organic's 'Grow and Eat' staff teamed up with Incredible Edible Leamington, volunteers who run a number of community gardens around Leamington Spa.

Members of the public and local people were given the produce from the gardens and shown the community garden, which is in raised beds in Regent Grove in the centre of Leamington.

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Growing Enterprises April

News from Garden Organic's Growing Enterprise Project - April

The Growing Enterprise project enjoyed a flurry of seed sowing before the Easter holidays and came back to their greenhouse and garden to find that Spring has definitely sprung. Herbs and vegetables seeds are getting ready for going out into the garden and the winter crops, like spring cabbages, are finishing up nicely ready for harvest to make some room for them. The groups have planted their potatoes in large bags and are watching for the shoots to appear so they can be earthed up.

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Growing Health Logo

Growing Health looking to recruit active champions

Now recruiting!

Are you?

  • involved in a food growing project
  • a health/charity professional or commissioner
  • part of a patient group
  • an academic

Growing Health is looking to recruit active champions to support the project’s mission and for being an advocate for the health and wellbeing benefits of community food growing.

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