eat local, grow local
I have just come back from speaking with Lawrence, at Dan's Sway Farm Shop, Pitmore Lane. He is planning to start up a veggie box scheme in the local area - Lymington, Sway and Brockenhurst. So, if you fancy your veg delivered straight to your door, why not drop by and say hello, or email or phone.
Boxes are for 1, 2 or 4 people and very reasonably priced at £10, £15 or £20.
My family are just loving the lovely red peppers and sweet…Continue
Added by SarahF on September 29, 2011 at 14:15 — No Comments
A great big thank you to all the help we had on Sunday at the Festival for our local food cafe. We had some fantastic cakes and cup-cakes - made by Feast Creative Food, Berry's Cakes in Lymington and Minstead Study Centre itself. They all contained local eggs, and many contained local fruit and veg too! (PS did you try one of those amazing strawberry cupcakes?).
There are a few things we would change if we had…Continue
Added by SarahF on September 29, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments
Can you spare a couple of minutes to vote for us to win some money from Nat West Community Force Fund? We have plans to buy some more fruit and/or nut trees this winter, and would like to give them to as many individuals, groups, schools, community gardens across the forest that we can.
You can go on line, sign up and vote at
You get three…Continue
Added by SarahF on September 26, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments
As part of my MBA dissertation I am currently researching opportunities for Hampshire's local food producers/retailers to embrace Web 2.0 (including social media) marketing techniques to market their key points of difference and overcome barriers to satisfying consumers increasing desires to purchase local foods.
I would really appreciate if you would complete this survey:…Continue
Hi, does anybody know of a good local source of (free!) compost / rotted manure (Lymington/New Milton/Brockenhurst areas)? I'm starting to think about mulching the veggie patch - this year I'm trying to be organised and do it in the Autumn and let the worms do the work rather than in Spring when its always a rush.
I realise now that everyone is in picking and pickling mode, but I just wanted to tell you about our ideas for 2012, so that you can mull over somes ideas that might help us.
What we are really looking to do is make more land available for food growing, in whatever form.
We have come up with a few ideas, below, but please just add to them as well.
Just made some bramble jelly - my favourite jam/jelly ever. (I shall be hiding the few jars I made jealously from the kids!) After 1 hour picking last night I had 1.8kg of blackberries. If you fancy making some I would pick some soon as with all the rain many of the blackberries are starting to soften and break up (although still a few unripe ones left)
The recipe is very simple there seem to be some small variations but essentially the same:
Added by Stephen Chapman on September 16, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments
If anybody fancies as many damsons as they can pick and a selection of cooking & eating apples, plus a smattering of pears - shout! We've already made damson chutney, damson jelly, apply jelly .. pear & lemon jam is in the pipeline (plus the usual suspects: crumbles, stewed fruit etc) - there's just too much to use and its a shame to waste it.
We're in Hordle and around and about over the weekend if you fancy coming over and helping yourself: Phone on Hordle 610281…Continue
Added by SarahF on September 9, 2011 at 11:17 — No Comments
On the Saturday 24th September, there is an apple day at Minstead Studay Centre, as part of the New Forest Festival.
Sunnyfields Organic Farm is providing us with a demo food kitchen, and we would like to invite about 5 people to do a 40-45’ food demo with a local or…Continue
Hello friends in the New Forest
I thought you may be interested in my project with perennial vegetables and polycultures. I live in Shropshire and like you I am trying to find ways of growing local food in a sustainable way and have been experimenting with perennial veggies and polcultures for a few years now. Perennial veg can be grown as part of a forest garden, integrated in a permaculture veg garden (which is how I grown them, in polycultures) or a even more traditional veg…Continue
Added by Anni Kelsey on September 3, 2011 at 12:41 — No Comments
Just been down to Sunnyfields to stock up on provisions for the weekend - lots of activity getting ready for tomorrow's Pulse Festival - Rachel from Rosie Lea Catering was there setting up her cafe......should be a great event!…Continue
Added by Richard on September 2, 2011 at 13:05 — No Comments