We had a fruitful summer at the allotment. A bumper harvest meant that we were able to pick and donate over a ton of local, organic apples to Fareshare, who distribute food to vulnerable groups in Sussex. A vital organisation ideally suited to distributing gluts of produce.
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.
Events are free to members, £3 donation to non-members
Meet at Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, Brighton, BN2 9ND.
Pumpkins are so versatile – sweet or savory dishes aplenty. Here is a delicious biscuit recipe – perfect alternative to sweets for Halloween!
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
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).
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.
Including the giant courgettes!!!
New members always welcome to join our Sunday Volunteer Sessions from 11am to 1pm.
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
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.