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Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – February Update

The Garden Gate guys enjoyed a couple of outings during the month of February…

We were invited to visit The Turner Contemporary in Margate to see their latest exhibition, ‘Entangled: Threads & Making’ an exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery followed by some Arts & Crafts activities inspired by the visit. 

In addition, we also had our annual trip out to Wyvale Garden Centre to buy seeds, plants and indulge in some tea and cake.

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Community Fund – COCA – January Update

As follows below is COCA’s update for January.  Rhiannon is currently on travels in France for a while so I’ll be doing for the updates now.

January has been typically quiet time on the farm this year with no volunteers staying and not too much work in the field either.  We’ve been harvesting oriental greens from the polytunnels and they are growing well despite the lack of sunshine.  We are also still getting lots of sprouts from the field and Swiss chard too.  Although there has not been too much activity outside, the growing team has been busy with the crop plan for the year ahead (which is to be put on our website).  Our events team have also been busy too and organised a Burns Night in a local village on the 28th January (two photos attached).  It was a tremendous success with over eighty people coming to celebrate this Scottish tradition and raised over £600 towards COCA funds.  We were lucky to find a wonderful band for a ceilidh and a bag piper too!

Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – January Update

January has been a time of maintenance at the Garden.  We had our little woodland coppiced and we are now planning what to with the branches.  Building a sculpture is the favourite idea so far so hopefully next month we will be able to share with you what our creative guys at the Garden have done.

Arts and Crafts has been very popular whilst the weather has been colder and our ‘Recovery through Activity’ course in collaboration with East Kent College commenced in January.  ‘Recovery through Activity’ is a course focused on the attributes of regular engagement in social activities and it’s benefits to wellbeing.

Thank you for your continued support… 

Community Fund – Edinburgh Garden Partners – December Update

Focusing more on a ‘seasonal operation’ (concentrating our resources on the busy ‘growing months’) means that things have been relatively quiet here… we have been planning for the 2017 growing season, redrafting PR materials, overhauling our tool store, stocking up on seeds and trowels and of course searching for funding to keep EGP alive.

The amazing ongoing support from Vegware means that we can afford to have seeds and tools ready for the new garden shares we will create this coming Spring – we currently have 16 gardens waiting and 12 volunteers at the application stage with 6 more expressions of interest to be followed up.

So the relative ‘quiet’ will not last long…

Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – December Update

December marked the end of 2016 and gave us an opportunity to reflect on what a great year we have had at The Garden…

2016 saw us host community events including our Spring Open Day, we celebrated Herbal Medicine Week as part of The Chelsea Fringe, our Music Day was a great success and everyone enjoyed our Falling Leaves Arts & Crafts Festival.

In December, we held our TOOL SHED DARK ROOM exhibition, showcasing and selling work that was the outcome of a photographic workshop at the Garden, which ran over five months in 2016.  Facilitated by Jason Evans, the workshop was open to everyone, and made use of the tool shed, which lacks running water, mains electricity and light proofing. Red LED head torches served as safe lights. An old pond liner blacked out enough of a corner. A hose pipe washed prints at the end of the day… However, despite the challenges our guys produce so great work and the show was a great success!

 To end the year, we hosted The Garden Gate Christmas Dinner.  About 40 people chowed down on Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, pulled crackers and scoffed mince pies in the poly tunnel.

 We are all looking forward to 2017 and excited at the prospect of lots of fun events, workshops and activities.  Thank you Vegware for your kind support.

Community Fund – Rhubarb Farm – November & December Update

In November we welcomed three new members of staff to Rhubarb Farm.

Diane, Nathan and Di are Buddy Workers who support our ever increasing band of young people who are referred to us by Bolsover Support Centre. The youngsters, who have had problems in mainstream school, attend Rhubarb Farm one or two days a week and have settled in well.

In December we were fortunate to receive a charitable donation of 23 tons of road planning’s from Bowrings Transport! This enabled us to re- lay all our pathways between the poly tunnels, providing safe access for staff and volunteers.

On Saturday the 10th December we organised a Christmas party for the children in the local community. We held the party at a local pub, The Longwillows Institute who gave us the room for free.

We had a fancy dress competition, traditional games and a crafty corner where the children enjoyed making cards, tree decorations and even crowns. No Christmas party is complete without a visit from Santa and he came along to take orders from the children and give them each a gift.

Community Fund – COCA – December Update

img_20161202_141044-1December was a quiet month at COCA, the winter absence of residential volunteers leaving Caz on his own for the first time since February. Thankfully it is at least a quieter time of year, with a lot of the ground and crops already prepared throughout the autumn. Most of the harvests this month were unfortunately on fairly miserable rainy days, but that didn’t stop the regular crew of members from volunteering for the weekly harvest with a smile. A special mention to David and Brenda, who have consistently lent a hand for harvest throughout the year, come rain or shine.

This month still saw some new veg in the box, with a fresh new crop of salads in the polytunnels ready for harvest. This included plenty of oriental green leaves, which taste fantastic, and for the first time some pak choi. They made for great additions to our bumper Christmas boxes, which included a whole array of fresh veg for Christmas dinner, including brussel sprouts, parsnips, beetroot, onions, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, leeks, kale and chard.

And plans are already a foot for the new year, with a Burns Night party on the horizon for the end of January, to bring together all our members and volunteers for some food and good cheer in the middle of winter.

Community Fund – COCA – November Update

unknown-1It felt like winter came to COCA a little early this year, with sharp cold weather, the occasional frost, and even the odd bit of hail right from the start of November. The days may have been getting shorter, but the work carried on of course. In November we were joined by a new woofer, Magdalena, who stayed at COCA for two weeks, who, along with our long term volunteer Agnès, and of course our grower Caz, helped to get everything well and truly prepared for the winter ahead.

Out in the field, the now empty seed beds were covered with plastic to stop the weed growth over the winter, and the irrigation pipes stoppered and drained to prevent them from freezing in cold weather. The tool shed has been tidied and reorganised ready for spring, next years early crops like the chard and kale were weeded and manured, to give them the best chance in the harshest months, and our current crop of chard were covered with fleece to protect them from the wind.

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