Round up of the week

Main news this week is that the Farnham Garden Share is progressing well, now with six gardens on the list. The next step is going to be to focus on finding gardeners who want to use the land to grow fruit and veg. Apparently BBC Southern Counties Radio wants to interview organiser Ian Bysh quite soon, so watch this space!

Also announced this week, Alex Scrivens is going to be organising the very first Farnham Faerie Festival in the summer. This exciting project, aimed at 6-12 year olds, will encourage them (and adults) to build homes for fairies in woods and gardens. Alice Holt have agreed in principle to support the event, and it sounds as if it will be a magical experience for all!

Our exciting new course, “Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables”, has also now been arranged.

It is being delivered by Gayle Souter-Brown in partnership with the Further Adult Education Centre in West Street and the FLFI. The course will run weekly over the summer term. More details to be announced nearer the time.

Our Outreach programme continued as well this week… meeting with the existing organisations in Farnham, and telling them about the Transition message — what we are doing and why. This week we had very positive meetings with The Maltings, HSBC, and a second meeting with Atkins Defence.

And in other news:

  • There’s a story here about plans to turn five acres of the White House lawn over to growing fruit and vegetables
  • There’s a video here about ‘permablitzing‘ — an Australian approach to turning back gardens into food-producing gardens of Eden, and
  • There’s a review here of a lovely book by William Cobbett. Written in 1821, Cottage Economy — Brewing of Beer, Making of Bread, Keeping of Cows, Pigs, Bees, Ewes, Goats, Poultry and Rabbits” has been described as “The original classic on self-sufficiency“!
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