Eric Barnes receives Volunteer of the Year Award

Another great Edible Garden Show for Garden Organic

The Edible Garden Show, held at Alexandra Palace on 20th – 22nd March, proved another great show for Garden Organic.

The charity’s membership team, supported by local Master Gardener volunteers, attended the show to raise awareness of the work of the charity and the benefits of growing organically.

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News from Growing Enterprises

News from Garden Organic's Growing Enterprise Project

Spring is slowly beginning to arrive for The Growing Enterprise Project, here at Ryton Organic Gardens. The warmer weather has meant that more of the groups can get out and enjoy the gardens and students have been learning about seeds and choosing which varieties to sow now for early harvests.

Elaine Hibbs, Horticultural Therapist and Education Officer, says “It’s lovely to see the greenhouse beginning to fill with seedlings. With our potatoes chitting, onions sprouting and green manure dug in our garden is really getting going.

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Trafalgar school winners

Richmond School wins "Grow Your Own Lunch" competition

Trafalgar Infant School in Richmond beat scores of green-fingered London schools to become special prize winners for the ‘Grow Your Own Lunch Competition’ organised by School Food Matters.

Winning the special ‘Grow Around the World’ category awarded by Garden Organic's Food Growing Schools: London the students impressed judges with their sensational recipe design for an exotic, Tanzania inspired, two-course lunch.

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London businesses give an extra hand to growing schools

Businesses in London are joining forces with London schools for the Schools Big Dig 2015, a new two-week event matching corporate volunteering groups with schools who need help to set up or improve their school food growing space. This event is organised by Capital Growth as part of their wider Big Dig initiative, in partnership with Garden Organic' Food Growing Schools: London.

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Raymond Blanc - Kew on a Plate

Garden Organic Vice President, Raymond Blanc, presents new BBC2 series 'Kew on a Plate'

Garden Organic's Vice-President Raymond Blanc joins Kate Humble to re-establish a long-lost kitchen garden - using some of the rare varieties from our Heritage Seed Library - for a new BBC Two series called 'Kew on a Plate'.

The BBC was granted special permission for two Michelin Starred chef Raymond Blanc to transform an area of the gardens into a sumptuous fruit and vegetable garden, on the site of what was once Queen Victoria’s royal kitchen garden.

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Exotic crops course

Garden Organic's Exotic Crops course opens for applications

Garden Organic's Exotic crops – the next generation - a practical course in growing multicultural food is now open for applications.

Over the last 50 years our culinary horizons have expanded massively and it's now commonplace for us to eat food from a wide range of cultures. However, our ability to grow this food has not kept pace with our demand for consumption.

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EU Seed Regulation withdrawn by European Union

EU Seed Regulation withdrawn by European Union

Garden Organic has learned that the proposed EU Seed Regulation has been withdrawn by the European Union.

Steve Thomson, Operations Director at Garden Organic says: “On Friday we learned that the current EU Seed Regulation legislation has been withdrawn, this was confirmed on Saturday when the official notification was posted on the EU official journal. We'd like to everyone who has supported us with this campaign. There has been no notification as to what will happen next, but we will keep you updated as to future developments, as and when they happen."."

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Garden Organic launches "My Organic Garden" Photography competition

Garden Organic launches "My Organic Garden" Photography Competition

Garden Organic is launching a photographic competition entitled, "My Organic Garden”.

The theme "My Organic Garden" is open to your interpretation; we’re looking for photos of gardens, allotments, community spaces, school growing and visitor attractions. We’d love to see the produce you’re growing, life on the allotment, wildlife, your plants and flowers, anything that makes you feel proud to be growing organic.

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Eric Barnes wins volunteer of the year

Garden Organic's Eric Barnes wins Volunteer of the Year award

Garden Organic is delighted to announce that volunteer, Eric Barnes, has been crowned the Great British Growing Awards 'Volunteer of the Year'.

Eric Barnes has worked at Ryton Organic Gardens since the first day it opened in 1986, initially as a head guide and since then as groundsman. Eric has also been involved in the horticultural therapy projects on site for many years. He worked and then volunteered for the charity Thrive that originally managed Ryton's horticultural therapy garden, which was opened in 1990.

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Physic garden at Sheepdrove Organic Farm

Garden Organic AGM and Members’ Day programme announced

Members of Garden Organic are invited to attend the charity’s Annual General Meeting and Members’ Day, taking place this year at Sheepdrove Organic Farm on Thursday 14th May. This year’s event looks set to be a great day, with a change in location allowing members a fantastic opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s top organic farms.

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