6 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

1 – The fresher the veg, the more nutritious, so freshly picked veg from your windowsill is super healthy and tasty too.

 

2 – Growing organic food costs less than buying chemical-industrial food in the long run, so you get organic food for less making it actually affordable.

 

3 – Food prices are rising and look set to carry on rising – by learning how to grow your own food, manage your soil and collect seeds over time, you can keep yourself well stocked long into the future with very little money involved.

 

4 – Growing is good for the soul – harvesting your own food is pretty awesome and fills your belly with a great sense of achievement and pride

 

5 – Make new friends, swap tips and even food with other growers in the community

 

6 – Connecting with nature is therapeutic and deepens awareness, you are forced to slow down, but in a conscious way so you learn new things about the world, and make time to relax, it’s magic

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Urban Outdoor Festival 2014

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Golborne Greens – down at the bottom of the Sensory Garden

Thanks go to our volunteers for planting up the Sensory Garden beds and watering and weeding them over the last few weeks, it’s looking fab, and the radishes are ready for harvesting. If you’d like to be involved in future Farm the City growing projects, we’d love to hear from you. We’re always happy to hear from local growers with time to share. If you know a space that you’d like to help plant up with food, get in touch. IMG_2138.jpg

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Farmival Festival date set – August 2!

We’re excited to announce this year’s Farmival festival day is going to be held on August 2 from 1pm until 6.30pm in Meanwhile Gardens.

There will be new creative food and farming workshops for the kids big and small, as well free seedlings, stalls, cafe, bar and plenty of live music.

If you’d like to help out and join the festival team, we’d love to hear from you. Email Ros on farmthecitylondon@gmail.com.

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Salad Box – GrowYourOwn workshop

 

Salad Growing Workshop @ Sensory Gardens (on corner of Elkstone Road and Golborne Road, opposite Trellick Tower) Saturday, June 14, 11am to 12.30, £5 all materials included. Email farmthecitylondon@gmail.com to book your place.

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We’re looking for board members!

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Merry Christmas City Farmers!

Farm the City London has had a brrrr-illiant year, and we’d like to invite you to a Christmas get together on Saturday 21st December for tea and cake at Redemption Bar at 4 – 5.30pm (13-15 Golborne Road W10 5NY).

We’ll be celebrating this year and looking forward to the next, so if you’d like to take part in a food growing project in 2014, come along and introduce yourself. There’ll be a short presentation from the founder of Farm the City London at 4.30pm so you can hear more about who we are and what we do.

Going forward, we will decide if Farm the City London is going to become a registered charity, so we can fundraise more easily and do bigger projects. This means we’re looking for people who might be interested in becoming board members. Being a board member means coming to four meetings a year, or more, and offering your support, ideas and/or experience in any of the following areas: community promotion, event organising, HR management/recruitment, financial management, fundraising, the arts, education, council planning, horticulture, law, project management, engineering, architecture. No previous board level experience is necessary just a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the Farm the City London idea. If you would like to know more, please get in touch – farmthecitylondon@gmail.com or call Ros 07734477145.

 

If we don’t see you on Saturday, we look forward to seeing you in the new year, thank you for your support!

 

P.S. Do carry on collecting your plastic bottles and help us create a greenhouse out of recycled plastic in the spring, we will literally need thouands of bottles!

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Local events 2013

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Sensory Garden, Elkstone Road W10 5PR

Come along to the Golborne Greens space on the corner of Elkstone Road W10 5PR for free, locally grown organic kale this Saturday from 12 til 3pm! And if you’re interested in planting seedlings for the winter greens, bulbs for the spring flowers and herbs in our new beds, we’d love to see you for some or all of the time. It’s a great time to come and meet us while we’re thinking about what to do next in the area, and if you’re interested in helping Farm the City look after growing spaces in Golborne we’re here to answer any questions you might have about volunteering.

Next Hug The Farm event: Clitterhouse Farm Sunday 27th October 12-3

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chfarm/?fref=ts  @clitterhouse

Come and have a look at the space identified for a new community farm project and meet the people behind the proposal. Catch the fantastic Fruit Harvesters who will be on site with their apple press where you can get involved with some fresh fruit juice making along with other workshops from the community.

Meanwhile Space in NW6 – Carlton Kitchens, call for foodies!

Cooking? Dining? Events? Workshops? Food Growing space? They got it!

Carlton Kitchen is a new community food hub managed by Meanwhile Space in the heart of South Kilburn. The space  has facilities for a variety of food-based uses, including café and events spaces for promoting and improving health and wellbeing as well as quality workspaces for food-based enterprises. Have a look at the new project here:

http://www.meanwhilespace.com/projects/current/carlton-kitchen/

Contact: cassandra@meanwhilespace.com

 

 

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Other farming events you might like

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Seed Freedom Festival

2 – 6pm, October 5th @ Passing Clouds E8 4AA

http://londonfreedomseedbank.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/seed-unto-seed-a-purposeful-song-for-the-5th-oct-festival/

 

Oxford Real Farming Conference

Tickets now on sale for this wonderful annual event in Oxford 6 & 7 January 2014. The brightest ideas in ecological farming in Britain all together for 2 days – you will be inspired!

http://www.oxfordrealfarmingconference.org/

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Cool things happening…2013

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Gleaning Day Saturday 5th October in Essex http://www.feeding5k.org/gleaning.php

Join the gleaning network for an idyllic day on a farm helping to save literally tonnes of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted for charity. Travel expenses are covered for those travelling from London and nearby – just check with Martin first! martin@feeding5k.org,

We’re also looking for a driver to transport the produce from the farms to FareShare in London – if you’d be interested in driving a van (normal driving license required) for the day, then please get in touch!

Vertical Veg Club

http://www.theverticalvegclub.com

Here’s a new online course dedicated to growing food in containers. Mark shot to urban farming fame when tired of waiting for a allotment he grew over £900 worth of fresh produce on his north facing balcony and window sills. If you’re not able to join his club you can still receive free newsletter each month with guidance of what you can be doing in the garden at the time http://www.verticalveg.org.uk

Wild food / World Food forager workshop host Ceri is raising funds for hew new book:

As you may know, after 5 years of Community Foraging and Feasting, I’m about to publish a book of wild food /world food recipes and am crowdfunding to do so.” Check out the video at the link below about the project. The campaign to raise funds is liveuntil October 10th 2013 www.crowdfunder.co.uk/streetfood/

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5 things not to miss at this year’s Farmival

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** The Earth

Headline act The Earth will round off the day in true party style. Just about to release their debut album OFF/ON 1, the band from over the Welsh border aren’t new to the scene with Mark Roberts of Catatonia, Dafydd Ieuan from Super Furry Animals, bassist Tristan Marley and Dionne Bennett from Peth. Expect warm super pop tunes with a funky bass, psychedelic orchestral undertones and an almighty voice to take you on a trip around your soul. This is going to make you fly.

** Plastic bottle greenhouse building

We need litter’ally thousands of clear plastic bottles and some nifty handiwork from festival revellers to make walls, doors and roof panels from bottles and locally grown bamboo canes to create a 100% recycled greenhouse. Greenhouses and shelters help to grow seedlings and exotic plants, and are essential if you want to get the most out of each growing season.

** Unplugged by the Pond Stage

If you go down to the woods that day, you’ll find acoustic sets, poetry, and open mic sessions mixed up from 3pm to 5.15pm by the pond. Lay back in the Morroccan Garden, right at the foot of Trellick Tower, and listen to the sounds of Portobello’s finest unsigned singer-song writers and spoken word artists. Open mic acts should contact Marioneth to let her know they’re coming: thanksfortheparakeets@gmail.com

** Edible Skincare

Local growers Growing Kultur are running fun, practical sessions on ways to upgrade your skincare using ingredients you would usually find in your kitchen. 60-70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, which means pure skin products are as important as pure food.

hon tai sai** Seedling giveaway – oriental winter greens

We’ll show you how to repot seedlings into a big pot supplying organic compost and a homemade propagator to help you nurture the veggies as the days get shorter and the leaves get bigger. From seed specialist Real Seeds, we’re giving away in seedling form a selection of winter greens that once grown are super versatile and can be eaten raw in salads, cooked alone, or mixed in with any favourite recipe. Be sure to take one of our seedlings home, or plant your own seed, and start your A/W 13-14 with this season’s must have accessory: a pot of fertile earth!

 

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