eat local, grow local
I just love coincidences! Last Saturday Dave Richards gave a really interesting talk about permaculture at Minstead Study Centre. He illustrated his points with a brilliant range of slides and one of them showed some strange looking tubers that looked a little like Jerusalem Artichokes. When the audience was asked if anyone knew what they were someone called out Oca..... No I hadn't heard of them either..... When I got home afterwards I checked my emails and there was one entitled…Continue
Well, my letter has finally been published. No responses yet, but I wasn't expecting a flood of interest straight away. I need to create a poster version to put on the village noticeboard, and get the contact details for the garden club and the village show secretary. For now, in case anyone is interested, here is the letter:
Local food and growing your own…Continue
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We are now taking orders for turkeys and geese for Christmas. These birds are raised in Martin at Chalk Hill Farm. They are reared in small numbers and grow to maturity over several months. They graze on grass and feed on locally grown mixed cereal while turkeys benefit from additional vegetable protein. There are no growth promoters or additives.
The birds are free to roam, forage and socialise in the fresh air of the great outdoors. At maturity, all the birds are prepared on site to…Continue
Added by SarahF on December 9, 2011 at 12:31 — No Comments
So, if you live in the SO41 postcode and looking for more growing space please contact Emily or Rachel on the numbers below.
However, they will…Continue
Added by SarahF on December 4, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments
We now have a new supplier of fresh bread and cakes for our Saturday market. We were getting bread from the Winterborne Bakery, which was proving very popular but unfortunately they are no longer able to supply us so we have found a new supplier called "Indulge" in Shaftesbury. This is a small artisan bakery which bakes a range of delicious handmade bread (including sourdough loaves) and cakes.
We will also have…Continue
Added by SarahF on November 25, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments
If you watch Countryfile, you may have seen a feature on Futurefarms that was shown on the programme last night. If you missed it, you can still see it on iPLayer: …Continue
Added by SarahF on November 21, 2011 at 14:15 — No Comments
The Food Challenge are giving away 50 rhubarb plants over the next couple of weekends, so come and find our stall.
We have 50 Rhubarb tubers to give away to anyone who would like one in exchange for writing something up on our website next year, when they start grow (eg swap a recipe, upload a photo etc...)
We will be at the Sway Village Market on Sat 26th November from 9 -11.30am at Sway Village Hall and
Added by SarahF on November 21, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments
hi all - I have joined forces with veggiebox.com who are going to do our marketing for the veggiebox. The first box is up and running and is on a special deal on lymingtondeals.com. We have also got other local growers working with us and supplying us with other crops we are not growing at the nursery. We got kholrabi, salad leaves, very late strawberries and raspberries, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, cabbages, chard, potatoes, pumkins, squashes. Cucmbers are finished now, this week I…Continue
Added by Lawrence Camilleri on November 7, 2011 at 14:23 — No Comments
In this week's email to Food Challenge members I mentioned that I had spotted some daffodils coming up in our garden and asked if anyone else had similar out of season things happening.
One reply put my daffs in the shade reporting that two daffodils had already flowered and were now dying while another reported a current crop of strawberries!
Anything else of note to report?
Added by Richard on November 4, 2011 at 16:32 — No Comments
Rosie Lea Tea House & bakery will be opening very soon in BRockenhurst. We are keeping with our ethos of keeping our produce as local as possible and are currently sourcing our suppliers so if anyone would like to help please feel free to drop me a line! We are also aiming to keep a good proportion of our menu Gluten Free so if anyone knows of a good bread supplier do let me know.
We are also looking for local crafts to display for sale on our cradft…Continue
At yesterday's New Forest Transition Hub meeting we talked about the availability of grants to support projects. In these times of austerity you'd think it would be even harder than usual to find funding but actually that's not the case!
Locally the NPA's Sustainable Development Fund has a fairly large pot and is looking for suitable applications and there are several other possibilities.....
So......if you have an idea for something that you'd like to do in your community and…Continue
It's an inspiring read full of wonderful ideas and details of things that people have tried out. One of the…Continue
Added by Richard on October 19, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments
If you haven't already logged into the NatWest CommunityForce website, please could you do so this week?
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
We may not win all the money we have asked for, but…Continue
Added by SarahF on October 17, 2011 at 13:50 — No Comments
As things move on for our company we are really pleased to be opening our first vintage Tea Room & Bakery at the end of Novemember. We will be focusing and good home baked produce & patissere, taking on the challenge of making our menu fit for all including gluten free, dairy free, low sugar etc.
We want to continue using as many NEw Forest ingredienets as we can and are therefore trying to locate a good local brad baker, preferably one that also producwes…Continue
Added by Rosie Lea Catering on October 16, 2011 at 16:50 — No Comments
Here is some of the harvest from my two apple trees. The first is a Fiesta, that I had from the food challenge in 2009. The second is a Greensleeves, that I bought from the from Deacons on the IOW in 2008.…Continue
Added by SarahF on October 14, 2011 at 12:22 — No Comments
Celebrate British Sausage Week by designing your own!
To celebrate British Sausage Week (31 October – 6 November) the New Forest Marque is teaming up with Oakwood Butchers, New Forest Marque Sausage Champion 2010, to bring someone’s…Continue
Added by SarahF on October 12, 2011 at 20:17 — No Comments
This summer's gorgeous tasting honey - only 7 jars left £5 per lb jar.
Call Viv on 07768 420138.... collect from Hordle.
Added by Viv East on October 10, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments