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Sydenham: 'Stepping into Harmony with Nature' an Introduction to Permaculture at Grow Mayow

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sat 29 Marcht 11:00- 16:00

Sun 30 Marcht 11:00- 16:00


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" During this two-day Introduction to Permaculture Design we will explore what Permaculture really is and discover its origins and ethical foundations. In a playful and participatory way we will explore Permaculture principles and design which we can apply in our gardens, our jobs and personal life. Permaculture Design allows to work with, rather than against nature to create resilient communities and sustainable ecosystems.

 

We will explore how Permaculture enables us to create low-maintenance edible gardens that benefit the environment as well as the people and community."

 

Cost: £60 waged/£30 concs covers both days

Bring lunch to share

Book [email protected]  Tel: 07766596600

Led by Lewisham based Permaculture Designers Ruth Robinson and Ruth Wong

Woodlands Farm Trust: Introduction to Bee Keeping courses

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The Woodlands Farm Trust

331 Shooters Hill, DA16 3RP

T: 020 8319 8900  Email: [email protected]


Brockley: Places available on the Intro to Permaculture gardening course.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 16, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Stepping into Harmony - an introduction to Permaculture

Saturday January

18 Saturday January 25.

 

Mich Thrill and Ruth Robinson will run this two-Saturday introduction to Permaculture Design

The event will take place at St Saviour’s Vestry and Edible Garden, Brockley Rise, Lewisham SE23 1JN (on the corner of Herschell Road and Brockley Rise).

The pair will explore what Permaculture is and discover its origins and ethical foundations. They will also show participants Permaculture principles which can apply in gardens, jobs and personal life.

Permaculture Design allows us to work with, rather than against, nature to create resilient communities and sustainable ecosystems. The pair will explore how Permaculture enables us to create low-maintenance edible gardens that benefit the environment as well as the people and community.

Cost of the two-day event will be £60/£30 (sliding scale) including veggie lunch and refreshments. Further concessions may be available on request.

To book email: [email protected] or call Ruth on 07766 596600

South London Master Gardeners

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers

 

Hundreds of Garden Organic volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people to benefit from growing food since Garden Organic launched the Master Gardener Programme in April 2010.

 

In November 2013, Garden Organic won the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme – a £59.8 million national grant programme. 

 

 

http://southlondon.mastergardeners.org.uk/



Brockley: Harmony with Nature- Introduction to Permaculture Course

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 16, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Date: January 18th and 25th 2014

Time: 11 till 4pm

Location: St Saviour's Edible Garden, Brockley Rise, London SE23 1JN

Cost: £60/£30 including veggie lunch and refreshments ( further concessions may be available on request).

 

Led by Permaculture Designers: Ruth Robinson and Mich Thill

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 07766596600

 

 

Details: uring this two-day Introduction to Permaculture Design we will explore what Permaculture really is and discover its origins and ethical foundations. In a playful and participatory way we will explore Permaculture principles and design which we can apply in our gardens, our jobs and personal life.

Permaculture Design will allow us to work with, rather than against nature to create resilient communities and sustainable ecosystems. We will explore how Permaculture enables us to create low-maintenance edible gardens that benefit the environment as well as the people and community.

 


Accredited Permaculture Design Course

Posted by Nick on January 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Accredited Permaculture Design Course

Course Starts: Saturday 2nd February- Ends: Sunday 28th April  Location: Camden

Address: Maiden Lane Permaculture Project

156 St Paul’s Crescent London NW1 9XZ (map)

Details

  •  72 Hours Accredited Full Permaculture Design Course over 7 week ends.
  • The course is accredited by the Permaculture Association of Britain and allows access to the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
  • The course covers the philosophy and practical application of the permaculture ethics and principles,it covres subjects like forest gardening, community building, polycultures,

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Want to grow your own fruit and veg at home, but not quite sure where to start? Master Gardeners are here to help!

Posted by Sue Luxton on June 11, 2012 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (5)

 


I'd like to let you know about a great scheme I'm involved in to support people to grow fruit and veg. Run by Garden Organic (the UK's leading organic growing charity dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food) , the South London Master Gardeners are volunteers who support households, families,schools, hostels and many other groups with growing fruit and vegetables.


Master Gardeners have from two to many decades’ experience growing (I'm definitely towards the lower end of this scale and sometimes feel a bit intimidated by the 'Master Gardener' tag, but hey!). What we all have in common is an enthusiasm to share our passion for sowing, growing and harvesting with others. Lots of us also enjoy preparing, preserving and eating crops too!


As Fiona Law, the co-ordinator of the South London Garden Organic Scheme says:

"More and more people want to grow their own for a healthy diet and lifestyle, money saving, access to greenspace, environment-friendly organic gardening, and contribute to national food security and growing skills. Everyone can grow fruit and veg; young and old, whether starting from scratch or gardening for years, using a windowsill, balcony, garden, allotment, orcommunity space. It’s exciting and rewarding wherever the seed is sown."


Each Master Gardener supports 10 householders starting out or already growing food, offering seasonal advice/visits, demonstrations, local community network, andother engagement. NB: One thing it's definitely not is a free gardening service - the household has to do the bulk of the work, but we're there to offer encouragement and guidance as needed. Householders then feedback their successes and problems. They’re also offered free resourcesas well as discounted Garden Organic membership and Grow Your Own magazine subscription. Each Master Gardener promotes benefits of growing your own through events, community groups, talks, articles,demos, and other innovative engagement.


I've been a little slow off the ground since attending my initial training weekend last Autumn, partly because a lot of my time has been spent helping to set up a garden project at a hostel for young women in Brockley. However, I've signed the hostel up as my first 'household' and am holding my first stall at Hilly Fields Fayre on Saturday 23rd June, where I'm hoping we can promote the scheme a bit more locally and sign up a few more interested people. If you'd like to know a bit more about the scheme and how to get involved, whether to get some support or perhaps to become a future Master Gardener, do pop along to our stall at Hilly Fields on 23rd June, or check out the website for further info.


The Master Gardener scheme is funded with generous support from Local Food (Big Lottery Fund), charitable trusts and local authorities.There are strong links to community growing in South London, in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth (come on Lewisham!), and the fringes of neighbouring boroughs (Merton, Lewisham, Kingston Upon Thames, Bromley and Croydon). The South London Master Gardener programme started in June 2010 when the first cohort of 20 volunteers had their induction training. To date over 80 Master Gardeners have joined the programme. They’ve clocked up nearly 2000 hours with their volunteering, supporting over 800 people. They’ve also engaged with 6000 people in the wider community at events and shows.

Composting Part 2 - Garden Organic's Video Guide: How to make compost

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (1)

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How to make compost

Garden Organic's Video Guide Part 2 includes:

- When is the compost ready

- Using your compost

Composting Part 1 - Garden Organic's Video Guide: How to make compost

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (2)

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How to make compost

Garden Organic's Video Guide Part 1 includes:

- Where to put your compost bin

- What can and can't be composted

- Filling the bin

- Compost activators

- Getting the mixture right

- Hot and cool composting



Garden Sharing: Farming Meets Social Networks

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This article by Peter Smith was sent to me today- its excellent and I thought I would share it here.

Link to original post: http://www.good.is/post/garden-sharing-farming-meets-social-networks/

What happens when 90 million users stop growing fake vegetables on Farmville—and started getting real food from social networks.

Two years ago

Peter Rothbart was riding through Seattle on his bike. He came to a traffic circle. In the center was a 15-by-20-foot patch of soil where the city allows residents to garden. A man was standing there, looking down at a sorry-looking bunch of plants that had been run over and obliterated by a late-night driver. Later that evening, Rothbart went to a barbecue and overheard a woman talking about how she had an expansive lawn that she didn’t have time to take care of. “What if that guy could garden her land?” he said. “It just seemed like a good idea.”

 

So he started We Patch, one of a dozen new websites designed to connect wannabe gardeners with landowners who have available garden space. Let’s say you have an unused space that might make a good pumpkin patch, you offer it up on the website. If you’re a gardener without a garden, you can find available space—and contact the landowner. Sometimes, it leads to a rendezvous and a handshake agreement. Other times, gardeners and landowners spell out exactly how they’ll share produce and labor from a shared plot of land. It’s like a Craigslist devoted exclusively to gardeners—without the used car parts and hopefully with fewer missed connections.

 

Since 2007, when Joshua Patterson launched Yardsharing from Portland, Oregon, the concept has grown to at least a dozen websites, each focusing on either a distinctive region or cultivating a certain set of gardening-related skills. Other sites have been springing up, including Hyperlocavore, BKFarmyards in Brooklyn, Urban Garden Share in Seattle, Growfriend in Los Angeles, Yards to Gardens in Minneapolis, SharingBackyards.com in British Columbia, and the nationwide Shared Earth. The trend really took off in 2009 when the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef at River Cottage in England and the Jamie Oliver of gardening, aired a TV segment about garden-sharing, which soon spawned Landshare, a high-profile effort that has 55,000 people gardening on about 3,000 acres. And as soon as they find a partner, Landshare will be coming to the United States.

 

All these garden-sharing sites are designed to put idle resources to good use—to connect the estimated 40 percent of people in the United States without yard space with the 21 million acres of idle, underused space that’s currently being occupied by lawns. At the same time, municipal and community gardens are often overbooked and have yearlong waitlists. In England, the wait time can be as much as 40 years. As Landshare’s Fearnley-Whittingstall told The Times of London, “The danger with waiting is that you lose the urge. If you want to grow vegetables, you want to do it now—it's like falling in love, it starts to consume you.”

 

But instead of digging in real dirt, our agrarian urges manifest themselves in a game that 90 million Facebook users play: running fake farms on Farmville, growing virtual vegetables that no one can eat, and squandering the equivalent of 78 years every month. What land- and garden-sharing sites offer is the potential to transform that social networking into something like a real-life Farmville.

This whole idea of sharing land isn’t exactly new, and the idea of community—as cliché as it might sound—has been part of the American landscape from early utopian communities to the latest planned cul-de-sac suburb. As Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers write in their new book, What’s Mine is Yours, the increased interest in harnessing the idling capacity of backyards addresses our concern about the environment, the financial recession, the resurgence of community through social networking, and using technology for better efficiency. “When you talk to people, it’s about far more than the food,” Botsman says. “My dad started doing it and he sends me photos all the time. And for the first time in thirteen years, he’s knows his neighbors’ names.”

 

Garden-sharing remains relatively new but there are signs that it’s becoming more mainstream. The City of Santa Monica recently set up a municipal garden-sharing site in an attempt to alleviate its 200-person long wait list for community gardens. “I don’t know why every city doesn’t implement something like this,” Botsman told me. “It’s a no brainer. It’s low-cost and you can lay it on to any existing social network.”

 

While urban gardens may not feed the world, gardening has immediate results. It’s highly participatory and, compared to other social reforms like improved housing or schools, it’s relatively inexpensive. If the idea took hold among 10 percent of the land households in New York City, says Nevin Cohen, a professor at the New School Eugene Lang College, the effort might yield close to 113 million pounds of vegetables annually, enough to feed 666,211 people (about 8 percent of the city’s population). In cities with more spare land, like Detroit or New Haven, Connecticut, the harvest could easily double or triple. And just as Wikipedia has shown that large accumulations of small things can add up to an encyclopedic knowledge, garden sharing sites could show how the wisdom of crowds has the potential to share the fruits of farmland—and not just the virtual kind.

Original post here: http://www.good.is/post/garden-sharing-farming-meets-social-networks/