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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 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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UK Government is preparing the ground for GM crops

Lawrence Woodward, Former director of the Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, reports on the EU's GMO authorisation process.

On the 13th of January the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of a European Commission (EC) and European Council proposal to change the EU’s GMO authorisation process.

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New research reports possible link between Glysophate and non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

There have been a number of articles in the national media reporting the findings of research carried out by the French based IARC, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organisation, suggesting a link between Glysophate (used in the world's best selling herbicide, Roundup) and non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. You can read more in The Guardian article here.

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Garden Organic's Heritage Seeds showcasing on BBC2

We're looking forward to the third episode of 'Kew on a Plate' this evening, with Garden Organic Vice-President, Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble - BBC2 at 9pm. The series sees Raymond and Kate re-establish a long-lost kitchen garden at Kew using some of the rare varieties from Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library, at the site of what was once Queen Victoria's royal kitchen garden.

Neil Munro, Manager of Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library, says, “It’s great to see our heritage seeds and produce showcased on prime-time television.

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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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