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 and composting, they are 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 home growing and composting through our Volunteer Mentor Networks - there are currently around 1,000 active volunteers.

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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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Garden Organic members enjoy organic inspiration in Somerset

Garden Organic members and staff have been enjoying organic inspiration from a visit to the beautiful Yeo Valley Organic Garden in Somerset. This fantastic garden is one of the newest additions to the list of Garden Organic partner gardens where members can enjoy free or discounted admission.

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Food Growing Schools: London launch success

Food Growing Schools: London launched on Friday 20th June 2014 bringing together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, with the ambition to inspire every school in London to grow their own food by the end of 2016.

Led by Garden Organic, Food Growing Schools: London aims to bring together local communities and schools, connecting them with volunteers, businesses and local authorities across London to enthuse and equip every school in London to grow their own food. We are joined by other school food growing experts: Capital Growth, Food For Life Partnership, Morrisons (Let’s Grow), Royal Horticultural Society and School Food Matters.

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The Heritage Seed Library put on a show at Gardeners World Live

The team from the Heritage Seed Library (HSL) will be talking to visitors about their vital work protecting rare heritage vegetable varieties at Gardeners World Live between 12th and 15th June.

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‘Protecting our plant heritage’ focus of AGM

Garden Organic members had an opportunity to learn about the importance of our organic plant heritage, how Garden Organic is fighting to protect it, and what they can do to help, at our Annual General Meeting.

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Marathon success supports organic education

Our Master Composter Team Leader David Garrett has raised more than £1,100 for Garden Organic by running the 2014 London Marathon. Everyone who sponsored David will be helping to improve the educational facilities at Ryton Organic Gardens, our Warwickshire headquarters.

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Garden Organic returns to Chelsea Flower Show

As a core partner in the Heritage Gardens Competition, Garden Organic, along with partners Le Manoir au Quat' Saisons, the Society of Garden Designers and Hartley Botanic, was represented on the Hartley Botanic stand which was located in a prominent position at the end of Main Avenue on the Royal Hospital site.

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Cook Something Yummy with Honey competition - the results!

After much consideration and temptation of taste buds, we’re pleased to announce the winners of our Cook Something Yummy with Honey competition…

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Garden Organic gets royal seal of approval

Garden Organic has had the royal seal of approval with a visit from HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edible Garden Show in London.

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