Gavin’s Travelogue No.4 – Travelling to Romania

Gavin the GrowerJust a quick update 11/07 by email:

… we’ve crossed Slovenia and are now about 2/3 across Hungary on the our way to Romania. We hope to be there by 8pm tonight, perhaps. The trip is generally going really well. The travelling is understandably tiring, but the projects are very interesting and inspirational.

Gavin

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Gavin’s Travelogue No.3 – Italia

Gavin the GrowerCiao!

We are on the road again after visiting Rome!

In Rome, Marta Di Pierro (AIAB Lazio) welcomed us and arranged an insightful and highly enjoyable stay in Italy. We visited 2 farming projects that are excellent examples of access to land for agro-ecological farming. Although the projects are very different they have one similarity: They are both the result of negotiations with public authorities. In Italy considerable parts of agricultural land belong to public authorities (as well as the church). Continue reading

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The Compost Loo has Landed

We have our very own toilet facilities at Runfold!

Thunderbox kit

plus labour

equals “Betty’s Temple Garden”.

 

 

 

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Gavin’s Travelogue No.2 – Catalunya

Gavin the GrowerHola from Peter,

The next stop of our road trip filming ACCESS TO LAND FOR AGROECOLOGICAL FARMING in Europe was Catalunya.

We drove to the mountain town of Rialp in the Pyrenees. Here we met Vanesa Freixa and her lovely (all-female) colleagues of Rurbans. Because of the mountain setting and a cool breeze the heatwave that currently melts Europe was not affecting us too much (even though it was 46 degrees).  Continue reading

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Gavin’s Travelogue No.1 – Southern France

Gavin the GrowerOur very own Farnham Local Food apprentice, Gavin Bridger, is currently travelling across Europe as part of an Erasmus+ funded film project to explore the issues of access to land by entrants with a non-farming background. The film, produced by Julio Molina-Montenegro (a Farnham Local Food member,) will document Gavin asking questions about land access in different contexts across Europe and will serve to raise awareness of the Access to Land Partnership by European initiatives seeking to address one of the rising challenges for sustainable rural development in Europe.

Here is the first in a series of Gavin’s travelogue updates from the road. Continue reading

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FLF Fête 2015 – our best ever

We’ve just held our annual Fête and Plant Sale – a great success. We sold pizzas, jam, sausages, veg-scrubbers, chutney and, of course, pots and pots of plants – flowers, herbs and vegetables – and beautiful hanging baskets – all looking their best on a lovely sunny day. There was tea with quantities of home-made cakes, beer and Pimms, to the accompaniment of live music. Pimms in the sunshine, with the jolliest ukulele band in the world – what more could you want?

We enrolled at least seven new members and – since we do seem to attract nice people – I’m sure they’ll be lovely! And the bottom line? We made over £2,000 for FLF funds.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this our best ever Summer Fête.

Joanna H-S

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*General Meeting at Runfold on 11 July 2015*

Come to our General Meeting – all members welcome – at Runfold, starting at 2pm on Saturday, 11 July. Hear about recent developments and challenges, including:

  • Slow progress in finding a new, larger Site
  • Our new Shelter
  • Our new Compost Loo – it should already be in service and open for inspection
  • Where we’re at as a business
  • Meet our new Treasurer, Graham
  • We still need a leader for the Marketing Group
  • Community involvement: ‘Give and Gain Day’ visits
  • More Social and Fund-raising activities in 2015

Come and have your say on FLF’s future. We have a great team but urgently need more help and member involvement.

David

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The 2015 FLF Video

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Vote for FLF in the Aviva Community Fund competition
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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!

community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/1665

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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The FLF Summer Fete & Plant Sale

FLF Fete 2015 A4 poster

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.

Download a printable poster
PDF 3.4MB

It will be a wonderful event and there will be lots going on:
* Plant stall – flowers and vegetables
* Teas and cakes stall
* Pizza
* Morsbags
* Tombola
* Children’s activities – treasure hunt, tee-shirt weaving
* Victorian bottle stall
* Bees working in a contained hive
* Beer and pimms tent
* Live music

Do come along!

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