The Wild Community Harvest

hawthornWhat: Make wild food preserves communally. Come learn, share knowledge and skills, socialise, share the work, share the harvest.

Where: Unit C1 Thriveability Hub, Northover Buildings, Glastonbury, BA6 9NU

Wild Harvest Freezer

We will create a wild fruit harvest store, in a freezer, ready for community production sessions on in September.

You can pick and store your harvest in the wild community harvest freezer. This harvest will then be processed later in the month. Blackberries, elderberries, hawthorn, crab apples, etc. We intend to make whole food preserves with organic ingredients where possible so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of healthier foods.

Please call Hannah on 07901638559 if you would like to deposit fruits into the wild community harvest freezer. Jars also welcome – please bring any clean jars with lids and bottles to the storage box outside Unit C1.

Wild Community Harvest Production Sessions

What: We can make jams, cordials, jellies, fruit leathers, dried fruit. Depending on what you would like to make.

When: Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September, 9.30am -6.30pm.

How to get involved: Please call Hannah on 07901638559 if you have any queries or special requests. Please text or call Hannah to confirm you are coming.

Production sessions have a capacity limit of 12 people and these will be permitted on a first come first served basis.

Wild Community Harvest

Grow Your Own Garden Course this Spring

The Grow Your Own Garden Course is a fabulous free course for local residents in Glastonbury and Street to learn about how to grow food. All of the sessions will take place the Red Brick Building Community Garden. Support with childcare is also available. Please contact eat@feedavalon.org.uk to let us know you’re coming so we can be aware of any needs you have. Please share!

The course is kindly supported by Somerset Skills & Learning CIC.

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Don’t miss Glastonbury Harvest Show!

Glastonbury Harvest Show 2015

Glastonbury Harvest Show highlights the importance of local food & community, and celebrates the joy & benefits of growing your own produce.

It is in its eighth year and takes place annually at Glastonbury Town Hall.

The date of the next Harvest Show is Saturday 12th September 2015.

What will be taking place?

  • Members of Glastonbury Country Market will provide refreshments all day
  • There will be stalls selling local produce and displaying information about local food projects
  • There will be a whole host of activities going on, click here to find out more.

The event is supported by Glastonbury Town Council, Glastonbury Gardeners’ Group, Feed Avalon, Mendip Community Credit Union, Incredible Edible Somerset, Oaklands & Sweetacre nurseries, Torganics & Somerset Community Food.

Rosettes are sponsored by Glastonbury Spring Water.

Many thanks to all of the organisations that have donated prizes – a full list of their names will be displayed on the day.

Timetable of Events (subject to change)

Show entries to be received: 9:00-10:15 am

Judging: 10:30-12:15 pm

Show open to the public from 12:30 pm

Prize winners collect prize money: 12:30-2:45 pm

Award of prizes and rosettes: 1:30 pm

Raffle drawn: 2:30pm

Afternoon activities: see below

Auction of Produce: 3 pm (any entries not collected by 2.55 pm will be auctioned)

 

Afternoon Activities

  • Children’s activities
  • Opportunity to talk to local food-related groups and organisations
  • In celebration of the ‘International Year of Soils’, members of Feed Avalon will be holding a Soil Surgery 1:00-3:00 pm. in the small hall. Bring a sample of your soil to discover how it could be improved.

Nursery Course – Feed Avalon’s first step towards starting a community plant nursery

Last weekend Feed Avalon hosted a Nursery Course, led by Neils Corfield from Edible Cities. Feed Avalon has plants to start a community plant nursery that can supply high-quality, multipurpose and beautiful plants to help restore our local landbase. The course was our first step.

Thanks to Neils for his brilliant teaching and well-designed course, stuffed to the rafters with resources! Overall it was a hugely stimulating and enjoyable weekend.

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New book – The Vegan Book of Permaculture

Graham Burnett, friend and coworker, has written a book about Vegan Permaculture. After ten years of hard work it is finally here and looks great!

More about it:

The Vegan Book of Permaculture by Graham BurnettThe Vegan Book of Permaculture gives us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions. Creating a good meal, either for ourselves or to share, taking time to prepare fresh, wholesome home or locally grown ingredients with care and respect can be a deeply liberating experience. It is also a way of taking back some control from the advertising agencies and multinational corporations.In this groundbreaking and original book, Graham demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a very real difference to both our personal lives and the health of our planet. This also isn’t so very different from the compassionate concern for ‘Animals, People and Environment’ of the vegan way.

Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy and wholesome exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reafforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature and community regeneration with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead! This is vegan living at its best.

What I wrote about it:

Graham has pioneered vegan permaculture and this book is testament to his knowledge and passion. Graham integrates a desire for social justice for non-humans with the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture in a beautiful and accessible way. Its applications worldwide for social change are clear and I hope this book inspires a movement to change our landscapes and society to radically change how we interact with animals and each other.

Where to get it: http://spiralseed.co.uk/products-page/product-category/the-vegan-book-of-permaculture-by-graham-burnett/

Want to learn more? Come on our Vegan Permaculture Design Course.
Well done Graham, an amazing achievement.