Next Green Drinks, Tuesday, 17th Janury, 7.30 pm, The Albion, 1 Hale Rd
Our first Green Drinks of a new year which promises to be full of transition challenges, local and global.
Last year saw Farnham Hoppers produced a record harvest of 50 kilos green hops with 30 kilos being dried for the first time. Membership is now in excess of 100 with over 200 hop plants under cultivation in and around the town; as it takes 3 years for yields to mature, expect more hops! See what they’ve been up to https://www.facebook.com/groups/farnhamhoppers
The next few months will see the setting up of Farnham Repair Cafe as an autonomous organisation with its own constitution, bank account, etc. Well done to the FRC steering group, under the leadership of Martin Charter from CfSD at UCA, for nurturing such a successful project. Their facebook page says it all – https://www.facebook.com/FarnhamRepairCafe/
The Eco-Cinema continues, generously hosted by The Farnham Pottery, and has a selection of films for this season which can be viewed on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/IncredibleEdibleCinema/ There is the prospect of collaboration with the Cine Club at The Maltings on screening more expensive films: licensing fees are very pricey!
Farnham Local Food (FLF) has successfully moved off their Runfold site where Blower family kindly have hosted the project for some years. The new site is across the A31 in Runfold village on some very favourable soil; so we can expect some excellent veg in 2017 as things get underway. This particular transition has involved a lot of hard work and grist from Gavin the Grower and volunteer members of the CSA co-op. https://www.facebook.com/FarnhamLocalFood/ gives a good flavour of it all.
Incredible Edible Hale is a new project that is building upon work already done in establishing a small community orchard in the parish of St Mark’s. This is something which TTF should be supportive of… yes? See them on https://www.facebook.com/groups/IncredibleEdibleHale/
Have we missed something in our focus on transition towards community resilience and sustainability? What about “energy descent”? Crucial as a strategy for de-carbonisation and CC mitigation and adaption, we’ve not moved as confidently in this direction as might have been hoped given the strong engineering interests in Farnham. Alton Energy rather outshines us, see their model at http://energyalton.org.uk/.
Recommended reading: http://www.flemingpolicycentre.org.uk/david-flemings-posthumous-books/
Recommended viewing: https://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/tomorrow-demain-available-last-uk/
See you at The Albion, Rob.