Glyphosate: European Food Standards Agency says it isn’t carcinogenic

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that glyphosate (a chemical weedkiller) is unlikely to cause cancer. This is despite findings earlier this year, from the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research into Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic’.

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Lampadino St Marzano tomato

Say hello to our new heritage vegetable varieties!

As the final preparations for the Heritage Seed Library (HSL) catalogue are underway, we’re thrilled to introduce 12 new vegetable varieties into the collection, with varieties originating less than ten miles from the HSL headquarters, to as far away as India.

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Learn about composting

2016 courses now available to book

For those looking to expand or improve their organic and sustainable growing knowledge, our 2016 course schedule has now been released.

This year as well as the old favourites such as Introduction to Seed Saving and Composting, the team have added some more specific subjects, providing detailed learning for experienced growers. Below are a few of our top picks:

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Food Growing Schools London

Ready. Set. Grow! for London schools

The challenge is on. Growathon, a new initiative aiming to be the biggest London school food growing campaign of the coming year, has been launched by the Food Growing Schools: London partnership (FGSL). With the aim of encouraging 10,000 London students to grow food in their city by Summer 2016, students from every London borough are being set the challenge to grow one thing, feed their city, and tell a friend today!

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Garden Organic nominated in the Great British Growing Awards

Garden Organic nominated in the Great British Growing Awards

We were thrilled to hear that we have been nominated for two categories in the Great British Growing Awards, run by magazine Grow Your Own - Best Gardening Organisation and Most Inspiring Vegetable Garden to Visit for our Warwickshire showcase organic gardens, Ryton Organic Gardens.

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Master Composters

Join our Master Composter teams in Coventry and Leicestershire

Join our Master Composter Team. Do you live in Leicestershire or Coventry? Are you in interested in learning more about composting and encouraging others to give it a go? We're looking for Master Composter volunteers in both of these areas.

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Soil information pack now available

To support the UN's International Year of Soils we have produced a new soil information pack for gardeners, using organic methods as best practice. The pack includes a wealth of information gathered from more than 50 years of our charity’s research and development and can be downloaded for free today.

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Growth Therapy medal winners

Growth Therapy Group in the medals!

Congratulations to our Growth Therapy Group, who scooped five medals at the West Midlands Flower Show at Glasshouse College, Stourbridge, last Thursday, 24th September 2015.

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Masters conference 2015

Annual Masters conference at Ryton Organic Gardens

Garden Organic welcomed around one-hundred and fifty of our volunteer Master Gardeners and Composters to the annual National Volunteers Masters Conference at Ryton Organic Gardens last Saturday, 19th September 2015.

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Rye Hill Garden

Garden Organic's Master Gardener prison programme praised by independent watchdog

An independent watchdog has today praised the “steady and marked” progress of HMP Rye Hill Prison in Northamptonshire, home of Garden Organic’s horticultural intervention programme, Rye Hill Master Gardener Project. The Garden Project, which is delivered by the charity’s Master Gardener programme, works in conjunction with the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Team (DART) was praised for enthusing and engaging the prisoners involved in the project.

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