Fantastic Day learning about Fungi!

Last weekend, we had a fantastic day learning about fungi with Feed Avalon at the Red Brick Building Community Garden. As part of the Avalon Fantastic Fungi Day, volunteers inoculated logs, made mushroom bags and learnt about plants at the Avalon Wildflower Park.

A huge thank you to the Grow Wild Team who supported the event and shared their knowledge! A big thank you to all the volunteers and helpers during the day.

If you are interested in getting involved in growing mushrooms and remediating the morlands site please contact Bon. Email bon@feedavalon.org.uk

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Announcing SoilHack 2017

So my inner soil geek is having kittens right now. I’m SO excited about this gathering…

Soil Hack Gathering Poster Centre

SoilHack Gathering 2017

What: A weekend to share our passion, knowledge, and skills for building healthy soils

When: 27 – 28th May 2017 (arrivals welcome Friday evening)

Where: Brook End LAND Centre, Compton Dundon – near Street and Glastonbury in Somerset

How to book your place: Please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk
About: SoilHack is a knowledge sharing network focused on soil. It is part of the FarmHack movement and has been born out of the need to save what soils we have with the best information possible.
The first national SoilHack Gathering is taking place this summer at Brook End LAND Centre just outside Street (near Glastonbury) in Somerset. We invite you to come to contribute your experiences, share good ideas and learn about soil regeneration. This is a DIY movement where we collectively learn about soils and apply our learning in our own gardens and farms. We try to bring the best research to life and share it horizontally.
The Gathering will involve workshops led by participants with practical experience in soil biology, biochar, agroforestry, cover cropping and more. We will also create a space to explore how to build the SoilHack movement in an effort to defend, repair and build soils that are essential to life. It is a not-for-profit event with financial support to enable access and participation. Contributions are sliding scale between £25 – £125 for the weekend including meals and camping.
To book your place and offer a workshop please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk

Forget the summer, it’s all about the SPRING Soil School!

DIY Soil Care Strategies // Composting // Mycorrhizae Green manures // Plant teas // Mulching // Biochar

IMG_3835Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2016, near Glastonbury

The course will cover:

• Identifying different soils, and understanding their
structures, strengths & weaknesses
• The soil food web & the billions of microorganisms that live in soil
• No dig gardening & soil health
• The politics of soils – why they are eroding around the world & what we can do about it.

Plus how to:

– use mycorrhizal applications to increase the health of your soil – make amazing compost & explore the different composting techniques
– make and use compost and plant teas
– master mulching
– use green manures & cover crops to build fertility – use and make biochar

The course will involve practical, participatory sessions to make soil science accessible and understandable. It aims to share
agroecological approaches that can support our communities to feed themselves, while minimising inputs and creating systems that build soil health by working with nature.

The course is led by experienced horticulturalists and growers from workers cooperative, Feed Avalon, as well as external tutors who are leaders in their field.

The course includes a home-grown, home-made lunch and salad, as well as refreshments. Camping accommodation is available for £5 per night at Brook End, the LAND Centre that is hosting the course.

Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income:

  • Up to 14K p/year £60
  • 14K-20K p/year £100
  • 20K upwards £120

There is a limited number of free places for adults in receipt of state benefits in Somerset. Please contact us as soon as possible if you have child care or additional needs, so we can support you to participate.

How to book: To book please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk

This course is supported by Somerset Skills & Learning.

Spring Soil School 2016

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.

GYOG 2016

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.