Vote for FLF in the Aviva Community Fund competition

There are two things you have to vote for this week, our new prime minister but, more importantly, for a grant for Farnham Local Food from Aviva!

Please could you also send the link round to as many other folk as you possibly can so that we can get more votes than anyone else?!

Aviva Community Fund Website

Vote for FLF on the Aviva Community Fund website.

We’re rather in need of some new tools, and so this fund application will help us and the volunteers manage the growing, in our very much hands-on way of working the land.

Thank you so much!!

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Can your garden wait for the FLF Summer Fete?

FLF Fete 2015 A4 poster

This weekend is supposed to be the busiest of the year for garden centres and plant nurseries.

If you’re thinking of joining the crowds, don’t forget that Farnham Local Food’s 2015 Summer Fete and Plant Sale is on Sunday 7th of June, with a wide selection of garden plants and vegetable seedlings for sale. Is it really worth risking frost, wind and poor germination by buying too early?

Download a printable poster

The FLF Summer Fete and Plant Sale – well worth the wait

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Happy Easter weekend. There are some important messages and interesting information too this week, so do have a read!

FLF Newsletter, issued Thu 2 April 2015

In this newsletter:

  • volunteers and members needed
  • in the field this week
  • annual subscription
  • the “hungry gap”
  • Change of Scene
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*General Meeting this Saturday 21st March*

Come to our General Meeting- all members welcome – at Runfold, starting at 2pm this Saturday, 21 March. We’ll be hearing from the Board about recent developments and challenges, including:

  • Lease renewal to the end of 2016 for our Runfold site
  • Award from Farnham Town Council for a new Shelter
  • Award from Community Foundation for Surrey for a Compost Loo at Dippenhall
  • Where we’re at as a business
  • Finding a new, larger Site
  • New Group to organise the Site Move
  • Recruiting a new Treasurer
  • Recruiting a leader and members for the Marketing Group
  • Recruiting a co-ordinator for Field Rations
  • Groups due to Visit Us
  • Apprentice’s Report
  • Social and Fundraising activities in 2015
  • Limits on car parking at Runfold

Come and have your say on FLF’s future. We have a great team but urgently need more help now that we have a deadline to leave Runfold.


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Swede Recipes

I always find swede one of the hardest vegetables to cook with other than the usual mash & soup!  I have tried a dozen or so different recipes and would recommend the following:

  • Swede and Quinoa (or buckwheat) salad
  • Indian spiced swede (curry)
  • Roasted swede and feta cheese salad with balsamic

I have also tried spicy swede chips. For best results peel swede and cut into 1 cm thick long chips. Put swede chips into a sieve and run cold water over them then pat dry with kitchen paper. Lay them on baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a little olive oil and then shake over either smoked paprika or mix of garam masala and chilli powder . Bake in a 200C oven for 20-25 minutes. Continue reading

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New year, new flf leaflet to share

Happy new year!

2014 was a pretty fantastic year for us at FLF, but I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that 2015 is going to be much more exciting!

And to launch us into the new year we have a new leaflet promoting the virtues of Farnham Local Food.

Please have a read, and send it (or the link below to it) to all your friends and families, to help spread the good word and to see if any of them would like to benefit from all that FLF offers.

Farnham Local Food leaflet - Jan 2015 (pdf, 380KB)

link to leaflet PDF:

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The butternut squash glut – mexican casserole, cake & smoothie !

With the large quantity of squash in the share in recent weeks , I thought a couple of slightly different recipes from the usual soup/curry/risottos might not go amiss! If you are looking for inspiration, the Guardian did a piece on their 10 best squash recipes in September 2013- — I can recommend the masala dosa but haven’t been brave enough to try the ice cream.  (

Below are recipes for a Roasted butternut squash enchilada casserole,  a gluten free Butternut coconut & ginger cake and if you still have some squash left over a butternut squash breakfast smoothie ! Continue reading

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Celeriac Recipes – using the six in this weeks share!

The recipes that were in the yurt are posted below …. this week my celeriac turned into delicious crisps (thinly slice, toss in oil, salt and paprika and bake at 170C for 20-25 minutes)  – apparently better for you than regular crisps .. well that is my excuse! Continue reading

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More recipes for mooli

Mooli are back in the share this week so Susie & Gavin thought it would be helpful to add some more recipes to the website using this slightly peppery member of the radish family. It is as good raw as cooked so listed below are recipes for a carrot & sesame salad, a pumpkin curry and a savoury patty (a bit like a chinese rosti!). If you search on FLF web page there is also a recipe for a Burmese potato curry using mooli. Continue reading

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Jim the Polytunnel successfully moved

A quick-and-late report on moving “Jim the Polytunnel” to its Winter quarters:

Jim in transit

After a productive season harbouring our tomatoes, I’m delighted to say that our polytunnel-on-skids has been slid and rolled for the first time to its new location alongside the existing long tunnel, over the pre-planted winter salad. This was a bit of an alarming prospect but Vince and his work-experience lads from the Linden Education Centre rose to the challenge with good humour and a can-do attitude.

We braced the tunnel for the stresses of the move by binding the hoops together along its length with purple webbing straps to stop them from splaying, joining the door rails with steel bars and positioning the massive steel tow-bar at the leading end.

Continue reading

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