Transition/Food Challenge/Brand New Forest had a strong presence at the show this year....three main stands.
The garden created by Paul and many helpers was a great success and even won a third prize for outdoor stand (or something like that - it was good whatever).
The public seemed quick to understand the messages being promoted and I'm sure the end result will have been very beneficial.
Neil's clay oven was a great conversation opener and aroused a lot of interest… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on July 31, 2009 at 9:30 —
The Daily Echo and Transition Southampton are running a competition for the best of home grown produce.....see poster below for details
Added by Richard on July 29, 2009 at 16:40 —
Following a tip-off from Wendy I checked out the Cherry Plums on Normandy Way Fordingbridge. The crop is remarkable, it's a good thing the fruits are falling, otherwise the branches would soon start to break under the strain.
I think the trees must have been planted as part of a landscaping scheme a while ago. The trees are very variable suggesting they were seed raised - probably as part of a native hedging mix.
I quickly picked a trug full -… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on July 27, 2009 at 22:31 —
July, this is the month that we should all be reaping what we have sown. It is now hot enough for all our vegetables to be actively growing and fruiting. However, July is also a time we need to keep on top of things. It is vital that we harvest regularly because as soon as a pod, seed or fruit ripens, it sends a message to the plant to stop growing. This means even picking off courgettes, broad beans, peas or runner beans for example and giving them away, freezing or composting them. Doing this… Continue
Added by neil hill on July 22, 2009 at 22:50 —
‘A Farm for the Future’ with Patrick Holden CBE was well attended on Tues 21st. July.
The evening began with a showing of Rebecca Hosking's film 'A Farm for the Future'. It was great to see this film again in the context of Transition and the wave of energy that's beginning to develop in the New Forest area.
At the halfway stage there was a break and a chance to meet a few few people, chat and sample some local fare.
Patrick was well engaged in discussion up near the… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on July 22, 2009 at 7:50 —
Now we are a few months in and the initial enthusiasm has lost some of its momentum I have been thinking about how our lives and routines have changed over the last few months.
The growing has been great. Yields have been low but I expected that this year as the land requires a lot of humic material added to it. Taking responsibility for growing some of our own food, and learning the important skills this encompasses, has been rewarding and we have had several meals that contained… Continue
Added by Simon Parffett on July 19, 2009 at 22:45 —
New potatoes are yummy but Sue and I really like baked spuds as well, most earlies are on the small side to bake and not the ideal texture. So this year Sue picked up a small pack of 'Winston' described as:
Bred in 1992, Winston is a popular potato because of its heavy cropping and large bold tubers of even size. It has a firm texture and a creamy flesh. It scrapes well when used early and bakes well upon maturity. Eelworm resistant and often takes first place on the show… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on July 19, 2009 at 20:39 —
Thought I would just generally update you all so far on my progress so far on the Food Challenge. To be honest, I thought the biggest challenge would be grow local, as opposed to buy local - well I was wrong! It's so easy to grow veg, you have to just overcome any obstacles along the way and "learn" for the next time. We have only grown a very small amount of approx 7 types of veg, so I was a little dismayed when I pulled up ALL of my spring onions last week and there was only enough for one… Continue
Added by Carol Seymour on July 14, 2009 at 21:14 —
Sue and I have at last mastered the growing of carrots on our difficult heavy clay soil.
We now have plentiful carrots all year.
I have blogged about the technique here: How to grow carrots
This method really works - in any soil type.
Added by Richard Loader on July 11, 2009 at 9:28 —
Hmmm, I'd been thinking there must be at least some 'greenish' folks in the New Forest but not really come across many. Then I found mention of New Forest Transition in the NFDC magazine - I'd probably glossed over New Forest Transition in the past thinking it was something to do with the change from the old structure of local government to greater influence by the National Park........where did that name come from?
Transition then led me to New Forest Food Challenge - sounds like a… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on July 11, 2009 at 8:30 —
Not available yet, but will be soon, this book has chapters on:
Home garden growing in the community
Community supported agriculture
Local food guides and directories
School projects on local food
Local food events
Expanding local food projects
More inspired ideas
You can pre-order it now on-line with… Continue
Added by SarahF on July 7, 2009 at 12:07 —
Just to let everyone know that the article featured in the Daily echo about our landshare can be found by following this link:
Hope everyones growing is going well.
Added by Simon Parffett on July 6, 2009 at 20:25 —