Sunday 1st October, 10am-3pm West Farm, Tongham Road, Farnham, GU10 1PJ (please park at Packhouse and walk down the lane) As part of the national CSA Network UK Open Day 2017, we are opening our farm gates to the public for a fun filled family day out! – Come and meet our growers and volunteers – Take a tour of the vegetable fields and learn what we grow and how -Pick your own pumpkin in time for halloween – Kids farm trail – Kids crafts…Continue Reading “Farm Open Day- CSA Network UK”

Yes, Jim the Polytunnel has moved to winter residence and is now back to it’s original location on the field. Here’s a short video of how we do it. We have to make sure that any crops in between where we are moving the tunnel from and where we are moving it to are no more than a foot high, otherwise they’ll get pushed over by the horizontal bracing and tow-bar. So this season we have a bed full of spinach, mooli and turnips that…Continue Reading “Moving Jim, our splendidly mobile polytunnel”

Gavin the GrowerHello everybody,

We have now left Romania, where we were meeting Attila Szocs from the organisation ECO RURALIS of peasant farmers, gardeners and consumers. Attila gave us deep insights into the issues of access to land and land grabbing in Romania. He combines high motivation and enthusiasm with profound knowledge and courageous search for justice. Coming to Romania after filming in France, Catalunya and Italy was like entering a different world that would have been familiar to my grandparents. Beautiful landscape full of farms and gardens, small streets, horse carts, strong rural culture, sunshine, Palinka and hearty food.

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We have been having great fun working with a team of volunteers from the National Citizen Service (NCS).  They have been learning about what we do here in our fields, fundraising and coming up with some great ideas to promote eating healthily. Launching #SELFIEwithaveg. Thank you to them and the Surrey and Hants News for covering our search for new land to be able to continue this fantastic project on their front page this week.

Just 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

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).

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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). 

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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.

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A funky opening track, and some interesting pieces. The section on FLF starts at 32:18. It’s All Good Radio speaks about Meat Free May, Forest Green Rovers & Farnham Grow A Grower Campaign by It’s All Good on Mixcloud The complete schedule: In the 2nd hour of It’s All Good Radio Show Debbie talks about pioneering football club Forest Green Rovers who are initiating sustainable practices throughout their ground (www.forestgreenroversfc.com). She then goes onto talk to Jannat Hossain from Young Friends of the Earth about…Continue Reading “It’s All Good Radio speaks about […] & Farnham Grow A Grower Campaign!”

This Saturday 26th, 10am to 4pm Come when you can RSVP if you can but not essential Come and enjoy getting your hands dirty at our Spring Planting Day, including erection of the new polytunnel. Learn to sow seeds; help to plant out Spring Onions and Calabrese; put up the strings for the Climbing French Beans; erect the Runner Bean Wigwams and help us with a spot of therapeutic weeding.  

What is it? The excessively wet weather prevented us from cultivating the soil. Cropping plans are at least two weeks behind schedule. Although the sun is finally starting to shine, and the countryside around us is stirring into life, it might surprise you to know that the next two months are actually some of the least productive when it comes to growing organic vegetables. Ladies and gents, welcome to the so-called “hungry gap”! If you are a UK veg grower, it’s fair to say the…Continue Reading “The Hungry Gap”

Grow-a-Grower Campaign 2014 Let’s transform our relationship with food You can make a difference… support our Grow-a-Grower campaign! www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grow-a-grower The cybre-sun must have been shining again today, as our tomatoes have ripened wonderfully; as of writing we’re now at £4,900, which is 98% of our target. The Grow-a-Grower campaign launched on Saturday (5th April) at our main site, Runfold. We’ll be counting down to the close of the campaign with a celebratory Tea Party this Saturday (3rd May) at 2:59pm. Tickets available from Susie or…Continue Reading

Bring your own lunch – at the FLF site at Runfold (unless the weather is really bad) Sun. 4 December 2011, 10:30 – 14:30 POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING – sorry, most people are just too busy Training by David; cost £6 (£2 for materials and £4 to FLF) If possible, bring the tools you already have and want to learn to use better. This one is Susie’s suggestion. Learn how to join wood to wood and to walls economically, accurately and reliably; how (and why)…Continue Reading “Really Basic Woodwork Course *Postponed*”