Help needed, not sure if I need planning permission. I have 1/4 acre garden which I would like to let as allotments, dont know where to start, can anyone give me any information.
Added by fiona jane roebuck on September 30, 2010 at 9:33 —
Just found this great website - The Real Seed Catalogue.
"We grow all these veg for our own family use, so if it's in our catalogue, we know well how it grows, and how it tastes. You'll find no hybrids or genetically modified seed here - just varieties that do really well and taste great when grown by hand on a garden scale."
They also tell you how you can save your seed yourself and may be even start a seed circle:…
Added by SarahF on September 28, 2010 at 22:56 —
Parkers Farm is a small family run business that supplies really fresh and wonderfully tasty veg and eggs straight off the farm. I stopped by to pick up some of their beetroot to turn into Beetroot and Walnut Hummus for the Local Food Summit lunch on Thursday. When I told them what… Continue
Added by Richard on September 28, 2010 at 15:16 —
I find this little gadget very effective in stripping corn from the cob, and less messy than doing it with a knife. It also avoids getting those woody bits mixed in with the kernels.
The device is made by OXO, I bought it online, can't remember where from but it was well worth the few ££ that it cost.
The blade is sharp so you need to take care, blood mixed in with the kernels doesn't look… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on September 26, 2010 at 17:50 —
OK back to food, this week hazelnuts. We are still picking blackberries that are starting to recover and get a second wind after the long dry spell earlier, but it was a Hazelnut that almost hit me and landed at my feet that reminded me
A) They grow here
B) How nutritious they are.
I had a quick root on google but couldn't find any mention of hazelnuts in the New Forest apart from a company in Lymington using them to make… Continue
Added by Yvonne Bishop-Weston Nutrition on September 24, 2010 at 14:30 —
Prove that permaculture techniques and biosphere research highlights a new perspectives for local organic food production in self-sustainable northern European cities.…
Added by Vincent Walsh on September 24, 2010 at 14:27 —
Not food, obviously. I switched some time ago from shower gel in plastic packaging to soap. I was thrilled to go into Sweet Joe Pye today and be able to by soap by Faith in Nature with absolutely no packaging at all attached to it! Perhaps you have all been doing likewise for ages but if you know of any other places I can buy unpackaged soap I'd been keen to know.
Added by Caroline Gregg on September 24, 2010 at 13:37 —
I know this isn't strictly about food but it does concern the use of local materials and the use of age-old skills for the benefit of future generations so I hope you don't mind!
I've just come back from the official opening of Ben Law's latest project (Ben has been described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as the UK's greatest living woodsman). He's built a woodland classroom for the Sustainability Centre in East Meon using largely timber he sourced within 200 metres of the… Continue
Added by Richard on September 21, 2010 at 17:30 —
A New Forest resident with a memory of apple crops extending back over more than 50 years told me that 2010 is the most abundant year she could remember. This was one reason why I choose to visit the Apple Day (on a day when there were at least two other exciting New Forest Food events that I would like to have visited).
There's a brilliant video showing… Continue
Added by Stephen Tarling on September 19, 2010 at 11:00 —
The sun shone and it was a perfect early Autumn day, maybe that's why the attendance was disappointing. What was lacking in numbers was made up for in quality, my lasting impression will be the lovely folks who were there, and that applies to the public, speakers, stallholders and the Transition Fordingbridge group, what a great bunch of characters to spend a pleasurable day with.
Our speakers were excellent, all three made such an effort to give us their… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on September 19, 2010 at 10:00 —
Just thought I'd mention the Longdown Farm shop which sells lots of local and/or Forest Marque food. I've bought Beaulieu strawberries & blueberries, Romsey tomatoes and various "Pig 'n' Pickles" chutneys. Among lots of other products there are fresh free range chicken & duck eggs and meat from the Longdown Farm, cakes from Lymington, Lyburn cheese & goats cheese from Sway. It's open every day 10 - 5 and if you're going from the Forest to Southampton (or vice versa) along the A35… Continue
Added by Sandra Barnett on September 18, 2010 at 17:18 —
Minstead Study Centre has recently been awarded a grant from the New Forest National Park's Sustainable Development Fund to run a series of community events. The aim is to work in concert with New Forest Transition and the Food Challenge to provide a range of activities that generally supports sustainability.
I have been appointed as the Community Events Officer and am now setting up events.… Continue
Added by Richard on September 17, 2010 at 14:00 —
Added by Richard Loader on September 17, 2010 at 11:34 —
Well yes, not all garden equipment is made in China.
I was surprised to find that a Ringwood company
supplies Wormeries made in Hampshire from re-cycled plastic.....and palatial worm accommodation they are too. Wormcity
have a great track record for developing wormeries that work.
and, in the New Forest PoshCloche
make lovingly finished…
Added by Richard Loader on September 16, 2010 at 21:08 —
New Forest Super Berries
At The Beaulieu Farmers market you can find lots of bargains on local produce The best bargain we found this week were the New Forest grown Blueberries from the New Forest Fruit Company still available freshly… Continue
Added by Yvonne Bishop-Weston Nutrition on September 16, 2010 at 14:29 —
Celebrity Fertility Solutions at Farmers Market Prices
The saying, "you are what you eat" was never demonstrated more effectively than in rising national rates of infertility. Fertility is a good barometer of general health and another good reason to support local producers where you know where your food has come from and how it was produced.
There doesn't seem to be the problems with fertility… Continue
Added by Yvonne Bishop-Weston Nutrition on September 15, 2010 at 10:30 —
After Lucie Cowles Foraging talk, then Natasha Moore's preserves demo you'll be feeling more than a little peckish. There will be plenty of time before Charles Dowding to enjoy the legendary VegEvent Stew.
At the Spring VegEvent the Stew was a great success, folks wanted the recipe and were keen to know the secret ingredients.....well, if you are very lucky all will be revealed on the day. Fresh local veggies grown by members is the bulk of what goes in, and for the… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on September 14, 2010 at 22:30 —
Hi all, does anyone have any jam jars with or without lids (or coffee jars or similar) hiding in cupboards that are extra to requirements?
I have had a request from a lady in Hordle who is making jams, preserves, chutneys and pickles from forest and garden produce for the New Forest Festival.
If you live locally and have some spare, please email me - Sarah at email@example.com and I can come and… Continue
Added by SarahF on September 14, 2010 at 14:30 —
For those of you in the North of the forest. The village of Martin is NW of Fordingbridge, through Damerham and past Tidpit.... You can find out more about the Future Farms project on their website:
You are invited to the… Continue
Added by SarahF on September 13, 2010 at 10:00 —
Having at long last become a New Forester (well a resident of the New Forest area then), some of my family came down to see us for a New Forest experience, and got in a little pony riding, and then in the face of continuing torrential rain only a short New Forest walk. So we retired for lunch at The Mill at Gordleton a restaurant we have visited a couple of times previously, which is… Continue
Added by Stephen Tarling on September 4, 2010 at 7:00 —