Food Buddies

Meet Croydon’s first Food Buddies

Croydon’s first Food Buddies are trained and ready to get out and about in the borough and share their enthusiasm for good-for-you meals.

They are taking the message that adding some home-grown goodness to your diet doesn’t need to be tricky. Anyone can have a mini-garden on their windowsill, and small additions like herbs, shoots and sprouts can make a huge taste difference to what you eat.

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Master Composter

Calling all Coventry composters!

Do you compost at home? What to learn more? Help Coventry residents recycle more and become a Master Composter!

Garden Organic’s trained Master Composters have successfully been encouraging more Coventry residents to get composting over the past year. In partnership with Coventry City Council, Garden Organic is now looking for more people to volunteer as Master Composters this spring.

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Rye Hill Prison Garden

HMI report praises Garden Organic's prison garden

Garden Organic’s horticultural intervention programme at HMP Rye Hill has been praised in a HMI Inspectorate of Prisons Report. The HMI report pays tribute to the Recovery Garden as an important asset in assisting prisoners recovering from drug mis-use.

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Award winning Master Gardener project

Master Gardener-supported growing project 'outstanding'

The 3 Close Tenants group in Loughborough, supported by Master Gardener Helen Burgess, has been awarded a distinction in the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood‘ competition.

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Children in Need fun days for Warwickshire Carers at Ryton Organic Gardens

With BBC Children In Need funding, Garden Organic ran two fun and exciting days at Ryton Organic Gardens, for young carers, aged eight to twelve, who receive support from the Warwickshire Young Carers’ Project

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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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