Forest Gardening & Permaculture learning

There are two summery opportunities coming up for some Permaculture learning at our lovely local Herefordshire permaculture centre:

The next PDC will be in July, when Chris & Looby will be joined by Tomas Remiarz, author of Forest Gardening in Practice. Two weeks of summer immersed in permaculture at Applewood doesn’t get much better!

Or have a look at their Forest Gardening course in June.

What could be nicer….

May’s Green Network Gathering: In our Hands

Our next Network Gathering will be a pop-up cinema!

Alice, HGN member has been wanting to show this film in Herefordshire for a while and we are finally showing it – thanks to A Rule of Tum for hosting at their Bookshop Restaurant.

16th May 7.30pm The Bookshop

In Our Hands is the story of what small farmers are doing for the future of our food system post-Brexit.  There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all.

As one farmer in the film says – “The backbone and the bread and butter of this country has been the farmer… we should be able to make a profitable living but that’s not the case”

Alice says: ” This is what we need in Herefordshire, to return to a more local, sustainable food system, that provides local farmers and growers with a decent wage. This film is what our future is all about – how we produce food.”  Alice grew up on a small holding near Ledbury and was inspired to get into commercial growing after an apprenticeship with the Soil Association Future Growers scheme. She now works at Arkstone Mill organic veg box scheme, who will be one of the local producers showcasing their wares on the night. She would like to find ways for more young people to stay farming locally: “It’s very difficult for younger people who’ve grown up with farming to stay in it, if there is no family farm to inherit. It’s hard to see how we can find our own farms and land.”

Herefordshire Green Network is proud to be promoting this film, and looking forward to bringing local farmers together alongside the people that eat their food every day.  Despite recent changes, this county still has a high percentage of small to medium size farms, plus many people who would like to be farming on a smaller scale.

We hope this film will feed into conversations about food production for farmers and small-holders alike.  Please spread the word on Facebook Instagram and Twitter – thanks!

Tickets are completely free for the film, book a place at this link

This is being shown as part of two HGN events celebrating land and farming in May: the other is Three Acres and A Cow, a show touring the country connecting the Norman Conquest with fracking, Brexit and everything in between.  It’s been getting rave reviews and we’re proud to have it here in Herefordshire at Canon Frome Court on 13th May.

3 Acres & A Cow

… a history of land rights and protest in folk song & story – its FIRST OUTING in Herefordshire…

Come to a right romp through history next weekend!

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest with current issues like fracking and Brexit via the English Civil War, Industrial Revolution and plenty more besides – through songs, stories and poems.

 

“Totally knocked sideways by this show – for goodness sake, go see it while you can!” Lydia – more reviews here

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

 

The family-friendly, afternoon will have tea, cake, and a bar available and there will be a farm tour afterwards. The setting is the picturesque community of Canon Frome Court.  Get your ticket here

Hosted by Herefordshire Green Network to run alongside our HGN Gathering on the 19th May: In Our Hands

Hereford Community Land Trust Update

HCLT BOARD NEEDS NEW MEMBERS / ‘BUILDING MOMENTUM’ PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY

HCLT is about to take a big step forward! Interviews have now taken place for applicants for the post of HCLT ‘Building Momentum’ Project Manager. Within a few weeks we anticipate the project will be up and running and it promises to be an exciting year with much potential for exciting developments.

This means that we need to strengthen HCLT Board at this stage, with one or more new Board Members, to help direct our expansion.

Would you be willing to put yourself forward to help HCLT as a member of the Board? Or suggest someone else?

If you are interested, and have some experience and/or skills which you feel could be useful, please don’t delay – as soon as you can and ideally before our next Board meeting on 12th April just drop a line to us at herefordclt@gmail.com with ‘HCLT Board’ in the subject line.

OR, if you know someone who you think might be a good candidate even if they are not presently involved with HCLT, please either ask them to contact us, or send us their name and email.

Thank you.

Feed the World?

If you have 15 minutes to spare, click here for an inspirational TED talk from Gabe Brown:

Yes we can feed the world – and we can do it in a way that regenerates our resources, thus healing our farms, families and communities… ”

Learning from nature and applying this learning in a way that resonates with Permaculture practice, Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement that focuses on regenerating resources. His family own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck in the USA, but provide plenty of food for thought for farmers and growers around the world.

With thanks to Frank Hemming for the link.

 

And you have a bit longer to spare, here is a link to a talk give by local expert Richard Priestley to Transition Leominster: ‘Can We Feed 9 Billion People Sustainably?’

 

Tree Grafting this weekend…

For several years, Marcher Apple Network (MAN) has run a grafting course; it has been a superb day of training in grafting skills.  Participants took four grafted trees away; reports mention these babies are growing vigorously.  And we’re running another on this year! Tom Adams, who is a very experienced horticulturalist https://www.tomtheappleman.co.uk/ with many years of growing and tending fruit trees, will provide guidance.  If you’re interested in joining the fun, and learning too, do please book early for this.  There are about twelve places.

You should bring with you a pair of secateurs whilst other course materials will be provided.  (You are welcome to bring your own grafting tools and graft wood if you wish).  Yes, and please think where those four (yes, four!) trees you graft will be planted next winter.  The course will be held on 18th February from 10.00 to 15:00 at Cusop Village Hall, HR3 5RW, Grid reference SO 23340 42362 via http://gridreferencefinder.com/ with a light lunch taken at a local pub or café in Hay-on-Wye.  (Lunch is not included in the course fee).

The course fee is £30.00 for members of Marcher Apple Network and £40.00 for non-members.  Please phone Daniela on 01568-750282 to confirm a place or email dbergman@tiscali.co.uk

Dean Organic Fund …

… for small-scale organic/ecological growers and food businesses:

The Organic Research Centre, a leading independent research charity, has launched the new Dean Organic Fund at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. The fund offers interest-free loans, typically ranging from £5,000 to £25,000, to small-scale organic/ecological growers and food businesses.

The Dean Organic Trust was established in 1993 by Jennie Bone and following her death in 2016, the Dean Organic Trust’s assets and a legacy from Jennie Bone’s estate were transferred to the Organic Research Centre to create a significantly larger Dean Organic Fund.

Professor Nic Lampkin, from the Organic Research Centre, said, “The Dean Organic Fund is a rare opportunity for small-scale organic and similar operations to access interest-free loans. Jennie Bone was passionate about conserving wildlife in the farmed environment and she widely encouraged and promoted the environmental benefits of organic farming and growing. We are delighted to continue Jennie’s fantastic legacy and will look forward to receiving applications from eligible businesses.”

The Organic Research Centre is inviting applications for interest-free, unsecured loans from organic farmers and food producers who wish to expand their enterprises by investing in equipment or stock or would benefit from other working capital. The fund is also open to those producers that are not certified organic but whose operations are closely aligned with organic principles. The loans are repayable over periods of up to five years and applications are welcome from companies, sole traders, community or social enterprises and charity-owned businesses.

Further details and application packs are available through the Organic Research Centre’s website: www.organicresearchcentre.com or by email to Nic Lampkin on nic.l@organicresearchcentre.com.

Gleaning…

One of the outcomes of our HGN Food Rescue discussions on Wednesday last week at the HGN Gathering was an interest in Gleaning.

There is a national Gleaning Network – supported by the organisation Global Feed Back. For more information or to join, click here: https://feedbackglobal.org/campaigns/gleaning-network/

… and keep HGN in touch if you have any ideas for starting Gleaning Days in Herefordshire. We can plan ahead for autumn pickings pretty nicely from here, and I’m sure lots of us would want to join you…

The Seed Swaps are coming….

For those of you who are waiting and planning those veggies for the summer, it wont be long!

Seed Swaps will be happening on Saturday 3rd February at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, 10am – 2pm and on Saturday 10th February, 11am at The Priory, Leominster (more details to follow).

 

Keep an eye on the HGN website Calendar for more information on both events..

 

Grow Wild Spaces Grants

Grow Wild which aims to transform communal spaces by sowing and growing UK native plants has announced that local voluntary, community, parish and town councils, youth groups, health authorities , health boards, prisons and secondary schools; etc. can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £4,000 to create a “Grow Wild Community Site.

Grow Wild projects can include an unloved area that organisations want to reclaim for their local community or perhaps somewhere that’s a bit neglected or run-down and applicants want to turn it into an inspiring space for everyone.

Projects should work with one or more of the following groups; young people aged 12-18; Students and young people aged 18-25; people living in urban areas; people experiencing disadvantage and reduced access to services; adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities.

The closing date for applications is midday on the 15th January 2018.

 

More information here: www.growwilduk.com

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