‘Citizen Scientists’ volunteering opportunity

Phoenix Community Centre, Thursday 16th November,  7pm-9pm

Scientists from the University of Sussex will be talking about how pollinating insects are vital to the production of many of the foods we grow in our gardens and allotments.  Team Pollinate are looking for allotment growers in Brighton & Hove to volunteer to become ‘Citizen Scientists‘ and help us learn more about which insects are pollinating the food we grow. The data will help scientists understand more about pollinator behaviour and how best to protect these important insects.

Meet at Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, Brighton, BN2 9ND.

 

Pumpkin Spice Biscuits

Pumpkins are so versatile – sweet or savory dishes aplenty.  Here is a delicious biscuit recipe – perfect alternative to sweets for Halloween!

Ingredients

4oz butter
6oz sugar
1 large egg
250ml pumpkin pulp (boil 1 inch cubes until tender and strain well)
1 tsp grated citrus peel
1 tsp ground cinnamon
8oz plain flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F/180C, oil or line a large baking sheet.

Beat butter, sugar & egg together then add pumpkin, peel & spices, and beat.
Add flour, salt & baking soda to the pumpkin mix and blend.

Drop tablespoon sized batter onto baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and firm to touch (around 20-25mins).

 

Pumpkin spiced biscuits (2)

 

 

Fungal Forage

Fungal Forage in the Forest: An autumn foraging workshop with Vera Zakharov

Sun Oct 15th 12-3 Stanmer Park

We will wander with Vera in the woods. She will show us which fungi are ok to pick, and which are not.  Whether they are poisonous or whether they are part of a fragile ecological web needing to be conserved, not disturbed.

Meet at Stamner house. Wear study shoes bring a mac and picnic.

Happy New Year

Here we are again, toasting you and wishing all of you  (especially those who are coming out of hibernation for Seedy Sunday on 5 February )

A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Good Gardening and Good Health in 2017

Winter Solstice

Belatedly here is a reminder of the 25 of us who came together in December to enjoy some good company, hot soup, good food and mulled wine before singing some Carols on our community allotment.

Volunteers needed

Could it be you we are looking for?

We need two or three people to help with admin tasks. Bring your enthusiasm, wisdom, ideas and company, and get support from our lively team. Help us spread the word more effectively about local organic gardening

Membership Secretary

Help to keep our members happy by maintaining records, using excel spreadsheet, producing labels for newsletters [quarterly] etc

Hours 3 to 6 per month For full details and to apply: email suepaskins2@gmail.com

Phoenix Gardening Club administrator

Join our Phoenix Garden team to help us with admin for restoring and maintaining this secret garden for the benefit of Community Centre users, members of the local community and ourselves; particularly in applying for funding and administration of the funds Hours 3 to 6 per month. Email ruthurbanowicz@live.co.uk

Events team member

Join our events team to help assist in organising, publicising and setting up our events. Bring your imagination, inspiration and innovation. Hours 2 to 4 per month. Email ruthurbanowicz@live.co.uk