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Farm the City would like to invite you to our Mid Summer Feast down at the Sensory Garden. June 25th 13:00 – 16:00There will be skittles, jenga, giant pick up sticks, toy archery and chess laid out for all to enjoy. We will be announcing the winner of the Sunflower competition, 1st prize is a vertical wall planter with 6 pockets.
The Cob oven will be lit at 10:30 so if you would like to know how to use the oven pop in early. Please bring a salad or your favourite veggie dish to share. There will be ingredients at the party to make veggie samosas and chocolate bananas for desert. We will also harvest the first of our potatoes to bake.
All this will be accompanied by live music from local artists including the marvellous Smiley form Smiley and The Under Class. If you have an iPod/mp3 player bring it along and we can listen to your tracks too.
Come along and learn how to grow year round vegetables designed to attract bees, butterflies and mini beasts. Farm the City is passionate about growing free organic food in the city, available to be picked by volunteers and members of the public.
FREE, DROP-IN ANY TIME
The Sensory Garden was an unloved green space on the corner of Elkstone Road and Golborne Road, beside the train tracks. Over the last 18 months, we have introduced new food growing beds, a pizza oven made from clay and a medicine meadow. We will be planting a salad wall and building willow fences and a willow dome amongst other exciting green things over the coming months.
You are invited to volunteer with our trained horticulturalist Emma where you will learn what it takes to create a living space, from sowing and propagating seeds, to watering, weeding, managing pests and caring for the space to a professional standard in line with permaculture principles and some biodynamic gardening theory as well. The sessions are suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners, with a friendly and informal learning environment, so knowledge is learned gradually over a number of weeks. Just turn up for an hour if that’s all you have to spare, the more hands, the more we can make from the space.
Sun Flower Competition and Bean Burgers
Saturday 23rd April 13:30 – 15:00 at the Sensory Garden, Elkstone Road
Join in the Sun Flower competition for the chance to win a vertical wall planter. Plant one in the garden and take one home. We will be measuring and announcing a winner at the Summer feast on the 25th June. We will be firing up the Cob oven and baking some bean burgers. Food and materials are free, donations welcome.
Pumpkin Box Production
Saturday 14th May 13:30 – 15:00 at the Sensory Garden, Elkstone Road
Have you ever wanted to grow pumpkins? Chose between Pumpkin Potimarron, Pumpkin Pepita and Squash Delicata to pot up and take home. Lorna our Community Gardener will show you how to make a simple obelisk to fit a 10 Litter pot so your pumpkin has support and space to grow. This would
be suitable for a balcony or small patio.
Saturday 18th June 13:30 – 15:00 at the Sensory Garden, Elkstone Road
Perfect for a windowsill, indoors or out, put together a salad box of tomatoes, lettuce, rocket, coriander and spring onions to take home and enjoy the cut and come again varieties for the rest of the year. Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we have enough matterials.
Last week we had our wonderful Harvest Festival and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came. It was a brilliant afternoon with great music from Dear Joy, and Smiley and the Underclass (thank you so much for playing). We made delicious tea and beautiful smelling lavender bags with our friends at Little Artizt, and had an exciting selection of stalls. And of course, at the very heart of our Sensory Garden, we made amazing Pizzas in our very own cob oven! A massive thank you to our friend Linda from Cob in the Community, for keeping the fire going and the pizzas cooking. Where would we be without you?
We saw a lot of new faces from the community and have had an influx of new followers and Tweeters to our pages, which was really excellent news; after all Farm the City is all about our local community. In fact, the Harvest Fest was such a success that we’re going to have an October event, so watch this space for more information soon!
If you’d like to get more involved, please look at our volunteer pages on the website. We’re always on the lookout for extra hands, plus, what you grow you keep. We never charge for anything we’ve grown. It’s all free! Just pop over to our Sensory Garden, Wednesdays from 1pm; turn up and there will always be a friendly face welcoming you in.
2pm – 5pm 20th of September 2015
Farm the City volunteers would like to invite you to join them for live music, our very own cob oven made pizzas made using veg and herbs grown from the garden. There will be a winter greens plant sale, childrens activities from Little artiz and a chance to review the sensory gardens development and have your say.
Saturday August 2, 2014, 1pm to 7pm - Meanwhile Gardens, London W10 5NT
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL DAY! MORE PHOTOS TO COME!
4pm – Nick and the Sun Machine – folk rock #harmonies
5pm – Dana Mckeon – singing, beatboxing guitarist – sweet!
6pm – Nick Howe, Zack Dan and band – rock, pop, party people
2pm – Dear Joy – lyrical jazz pop guitarist Lou
1pm – Omar Williamson – he’s a breadline bandit with a flamenco heart
more acts to be announced
Farm the City’s Herb Garden Giveaway – from 1pm – seedings from Cultivate London
Organic Compost giveaway (bring a bag) from 1pm www.compostdirect.com
‘Kitchen Garden Pharmacy’ by Growing Kultur - 2 – 7pm workshops on the hour
‘Veggie Creatures’ vegetable creations with Green Peas events
Clothes and jewellery design with Little Artistz
Compost Q&A from Gardens Manager King Cross SKip Garden
Yoga from Jivamukti teacher Emily with mini gong session with Leo
Stone Age Conversations art installation
RBKC community gardeners and Groundwork’s Grow-Operative sign up
Farm the City’s Organic Bar – beer, wine, cider
Botanical Cocktails, cordials and iced teas from Rootless Garden
Rupert Street Food van – plates of scrumptious food, cakes and soft drinks
Plant sale or two
Fruit Harvesters’ Jam sale
Donal’s art and crafts
Field to Fork vegetable bag stall
Free event – Everyone is welcome!
WITH THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTNERS THIS YEAR
How to get there…
Meanwhile Gardens (W10 5NT) in West London is an oasis of green at the foot of Trellick Tower nestled between Regents Canal, the railway lines out of Paddington and the Westway. It can be reached most easily from Westbourne Park tube, which is served by the Hammersmith and City line as well as many bus routes including 31, 23 & 28.
Big Dig event on the Saturday the 21st of March 2015.
Join us for a few hours of gardening on Saturday the 21st of March 2015
from 12pm to 3pm and help us to build and prepare some new planting beds
for our vegetable garden.
Meet at 12pm at the Factory Building, Meanwhile Gardens
156 – 158 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN
To register for this event please either:-
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on Tel: 020 8960 4600
If you’re looking for a quick taste fix for any instant pasta dish, all you need are some freshly cut herbs, which you can keep on your window sill.
Why not start with a well loved, nutritious Thyme plant bought as a baby from: www.herbalhaven.com
They have sweet basil and they deliver little plants to your door.
You will need a bucket to plant it in, or perhaps a flower pot of some description – we have some nice ones to giveaway at an event in May. watch this space.
Don’t over water your herbs in the winter, just don’t let the soil warm up or get dry on top either.
Take weekly cuttings until the plant is well established when you’ll be able to take more.