Added by Richard on August 30, 2009 at 11:30 —
There's been a flurry of new members this week, many of whom expressed an interest in the project at the recent New Forest Show. Thanks for signing up and welcome to you all. I hope you enjoy participating in the Food Challenge. Please feel free to post ideas, questions, photos, discussion items etc. And don't forget that anyone can start up a new group any time - so if you want to, for example, get together with people in your area just go ahead!
Other news this… Continue
Added by Richard on August 28, 2009 at 10:07 —
Following our successful evening with Patrick Holden last month there has been plenty of interest in our scheme to supply 40 households with local food for a week. Suppliers are very keen to get involved, if a little puzzled as to why we want to do this as a not-for-profit project!
The box contents and prices will be published in early September, when we will start taking orders.
The Collection Event will be on 3rd October, between 10am and 2pm at Hale Village Hall, and… Continue
Added by Paula Downard on August 27, 2009 at 7:53 —
The New Forest Food Challenge would like to fund 200 (now 250) fruit trees to be planted across the forest in community areas and/or individual gardens. Only 20 trees left now.
Below is the list of trees that we have available to us, including dessert apples, cooking apples and pears.
The Apples… Continue
Added by SarahF on August 26, 2009 at 16:30 —
Part of what we said we'd do with the Food Challenge is to hold events with community groups and schools to promote the ideas around local produce. We have held various events so far where we've given away information packs etc but have money left in the budget to do a lot more.
If you have any ideas for such events - maybe a pumpkin related thing around Halloween or a mass garlic planting! - please get in touch. The venue needs to be based in the New Forest Nat Park… Continue
Added by Richard on August 25, 2009 at 11:10 —
Well it's only a little tree, but wow is it loaded with plums this year.
Have just picked 2 colanders full of plums, currently making jam with them. Stones are in some muslin simmering with the fruit to get the most pectin out and then I can turn it into jam.
Bought my first Kilner jars from Lakeland, a good investment for the future. Bought the 1Ltr jars as I can then bottle some plums. Also stocked up on new 1lb and .5lb jars too plus some white lids. Great for pressies… Continue
Added by Sylvianne on August 23, 2009 at 14:54 —
A variety of cucumber called Melen!, I had to try them. The name was enough and the description seemed OK too. These cucumbers have become a 2009 success story.
Being rather lax this year about side shooting and stuff the Cues haven't had any attention apart from a little coaching on how to go up a string - they soon got the hang of it. I didn't remove tendrils or thin the little fruits so I was surprised to see clusters of cucumbers rather than the usual one per node plus a few… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on August 22, 2009 at 21:30 —
Does anyone have a good source of plants, not seeds, that I can buy to put in my plot. Say, onions, garlic, green stuff or anything else that might survive the winter. I have only ever grown summer crops so have no experience of what to grow through the winter. Everton Nurseries do not have any. There are various on-line sites but am nervous to buy from a source I do not know.
Added by Caroline Gregg on August 18, 2009 at 21:00 —
There's a new three part series fronted by George Alagiah looking into the looming world food crisis. Starts Monday 17 August 9pm
Click here for more info
Added by Richard on August 14, 2009 at 9:24 —
Here's a very interesting story......I wonder if we could get the same thing going here?
A London council is converting its disused spaces into areas for local people to grow… Continue
Added by Richard on August 14, 2009 at 8:10 —
How often can you ask the person who made your cheese about the cows the milk comes from? Or ask the farmer who grew your carrots whether he was using pesticides? Do you know where the steak you order at a restaurant came from?Eating locally reflects our growing discomfort at being disconnected from our food. In a time when school children don’t always know that fish and chicken don’t have ‘fingers’, when we’re being told by supermarkets that the chicken from across the globe is part of a… Continue
Added by Sandra Barnett on August 8, 2009 at 18:31 —
The rain and warmth has brought our Runner beans on treat - we have surplus.
Is there anyone in the Ringwood / Fordingbridge area who would like some runners FOC.?
PS. we don't freeze runners - that's why they are spare.
Added by Richard Loader on August 8, 2009 at 12:44 —
This is a delightful book. Emma Cooper has produced a really informative and entertaining book that is a valuable addition to any gardener's collection of reference material.
Emma's own 'alternative kitchen garden' is in the back of a modest house in urban Oxfordshire. Since moving in and converting it from a neglected wasteland in 2001 she and her partner have both left lucrative, high pressure jobs to downshift and concentrate on food and… Continue
Added by Richard on August 5, 2009 at 11:06 —
Having just had a poly tunnel of Tomatoes destroyed by blight I'm feeling very grateful to the breeders of the Potatoes that I now grow - Sarpo varieties don't suffer from blight. For the last five years I have had reliable crops of spuds despite blight being prevalent in the area. What a shame there is no equivalent blight resistant Tomato variety.
Any one interested in blight resistant Potatoes can have a good read on the web site… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on August 2, 2009 at 8:48 —
Ever since I became involved in gardening and growing back in the 80's I have felt that Governments be they right or left have under-valued Horticulture. In an effort to get more attention and support for this vital part of the nations economy and well being a friend of mine has started a No10. petition.
Please consider putting your name to this, I really believe some good may come of it.
Here's the LINK
Added by Richard Loader on August 1, 2009 at 7:01 —