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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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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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Blackdown blue pea

Garden Organic's Heritage Seeds showcased 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.

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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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