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The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: pesticides in food

If you are worried about the level of pesticides in the food you buy, a handy list will help you choose wisely.  Compiled by PAN UK, it shows those crops with the highest mix of pesticide residues (the Dirty Dozen) and those with the lowest (Clean Fifteen.)

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Chris Collins, one man & his organic plot April

One man & his organic plot - September 2019

It’s full steam ahead again for Chris this month. He has a list of jobs planned for September, including the creation of a small pond down at the allotment, a new look for his balcony garden and turning his compost heap. Chris will also be experimenting with edible perennials on his allotment.

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Chris Collins, one man & his organic plot April

One man & his organic plot - August 2019

Chris's hard work from the earlier part of the year is really paying off. He's been busy harvesting his bounty from the allotment, with an incredible abundance of cucumbers, courgettes, carrots, potatoes and after a slow start even the runner beans have caught up. It's been a busy couple of months for Chris so it's time for him to take a break from the usual routines and grab a holiday!

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Coventry partnership

Garden Organic supports community partnership in Coventry

Garden Organic's Education Department has been supporting a partnership led by Coventry Public Health and Think Active, with an aim to make a difference to the residents of Foleshill by enabling them to access their local spaces, encourage more physical activity both within and outside of school, and empower parents to participate in fun activities with their children and encourage overall wellbeing.

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Metaldehyde slug pellets - ban overturned

In an extraordinary move, the government has withdrawn the ban on metaldehyde slug pellets.

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GMO worries

Leaving the EU means we could lose the right to choose on GM crops.

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UK Flower Farmers' Big Weekend

For the sheer joy and beauty, nothing beats a bunch of flowers.  But it's important to think about flowers as we do food - buying seasonal and locally-grown blooms.

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Good neighbours! We celebrate National Allotment Week (12 - 18 August)

The close proximity of allotment sites can be challenging.  But it is also a great opportunity for organic growers to share their expertise.

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RSA final report on Food, Farming and the Countryside

The Royal Society for the Arts has presented it's final report on Food, Farming and the Countryside.  It argues that "The actions we take in the next ten years, to stop ecosystems collapse, to recover and regenerate nature and to restore people’s health and wellbeing are now critical."

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We are all farmers now

An exciting new paper from Sussex University asks the government to consider radical changes in approaches to food growing.

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