Falling into autumn abundance

There’s no two ways about it, it’s autumn. Are you too stubbornly avoiding the central heating? Through thriftiness and denial about the turn of the season. That’s me. While also taking long gazes towards the kindling stacks, formed mostly of last winter’s fruit tree prunings. Perhaps we’ll have our first fire of the autumn tonight,Continue reading “Falling into autumn abundance”

And what is in your compost?

Not peat! Certainly not from 2024. You must have seen. You’ve heard the news, right? Maybe you heard us shout “About bloody time!” “Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024, the government has announced.” “Peatlands are the UK’s largest carbon store but only approximately 13%Continue reading “And what is in your compost?”

Plenty of food, we just need places to grow it!

Starkholmes Allotments We’ve grown plants aplenty. To allow them to flourish into abundant crops, they find homes in gardens. If there are more gardens there is more food, if there’s more plants, can there be more gardens? Not quite. There are obstacles in the way of that. There are scarce few funds to enable agroecologicalContinue reading “Plenty of food, we just need places to grow it!”

Regenerative farming – a comment piece from Andy Cato

Andy Cato of Wildfarmed has published a comment piece in the Guardian.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/05/diverse-farming-climate-wildfarmed-groove-armada There are some eloquently expressed truths about our current dominant food system. Andy Cato is co-founder of Wildfarmed. He is also one half of Groove Armada So it’s up to us to create field-to-plate networks whereby citizens can, through their food choices,Continue reading “Regenerative farming – a comment piece from Andy Cato”

Perennial edibles – get to know more plants

Thursday 2 June, 11-12.30 in our garden at Belper Lane End. Join us for a detailed overview of some of our plants. Vegetables, salad leaves, fruit – see the plants, hear how we grow them, and how we use them. Food plants that are reliably there, with zero food miles. We’d like to invite youContinue reading “Perennial edibles – get to know more plants”