Make your unique wreath with natural materials from around the nursery. Get into the Christmas spirit with mulled wine and mince pies!
The workshop is free but we'd appreciate a donation to cover our costs and enable us to continue with our projects and events.
We'll also make biochar with 4-5 separated feedstocks for the next stage of the project. (Including: Ash, willow, rhododendron).
Come and join us! Keep warm around the dragons.
We also invite you to join us for lunch in the polytunnel!
Please register here: https://www.facebook.com/events/881692093479871
We'll also be joined by Carbon Farmers who have built an amazing biochar stove which we'll use to cook food whilst making biochar.
We may also be joined by Hideo, a research student from Reading University who is investigating why there is such a slow take up for business/farming/households to use biochar.
If you plan to join us, please car share if you can as there is limited parking space.
We're delighted Nicola Peel will also join us on the 8th July at around 16:30 hrs, for a discussion about Regenerative Farming (she presented at this year's Oxford Real Farming Conference) and all things biochar.
Nicola has been working for over 20 years in the Ecuadorean Amazon. In 2016 she started an agroforestry project for the charity Rainforest Saver and is now working with around 100 farmers and 6 agricultural colleges. Their mission is to prevent tropical deforestation by regenerating the soil. Using the method of inga alley cropping they have had remarkable results.
Nicola has spoken this year at the International Forest Gardening Symposium and The Oxford Real Farming Conference. Here is an email testimonial from Mike Donovan, editor & publisher of Practical Farm Ideas www.farmideas.co.uk
"Congrats on your Oxford Real Conference presentation. It was inspirational and I will be publishing the QR in the next issue of Practical Farm Ideas. It is surely the most important agri development in our time. Seeing the results on coffee and cocoa is remarkable. The prospect of reducing slash and burn is of huge benefit. Best wishes, and thanks for making my day! "
Nicola is a Solutionist and regenerative agriculture is one of the crucial solutions we all need to be discussing wherever in the world we live.
She's also an Ambassador for OnePlanet and their amazing mapping technology, bringing visualisation and connection to the complex web of communities, public and private companies working on solutions to climate and ecological challenges.
We'll set up the BBQ, so please bring along food to share (if you can, if you can't no problem as there's always plenty) and we can make it a nice social event, hopefully on a lovely Summer evening!
Thanks to the over 30 people who joined us to start our food growing community. We plan to share all produce with those involved and with local community food larders and food sharing projects. Everyone welcome!
Next meet up dates:
Saturday 29th April from 11:00 - 13:00 hrs.
Wednesday 17th May from 14:00 - 17:00 hrs.
As from 24th May you're welcome to come along whenever you wish from 14-16:00 hrs. on Wednesdays and 10-12:00 hrs. on Saturdays.
Food security: The Eco Hub's aim is to support people in the local community to have access to healthy, nutritious food, learning and sharing expertise on how to grow it, whilst developing healthy soils and raising awareness on how to maintain a low carbon impact. Food insecurity and decline in soil quality is a growing issue in the UK and is likely to become worse later this year.
Nutrients found in supermarket vegetables is also decreasing, if we can grow our food in better soils, with no chemicals, we should also improve our gut biome, leading to improved health and wellbeing.
By encouraging local food production at the Hub and people planting food at home, we hope over time to build our local resilience.
Community building: Our community food growing group is also helping to bring people together and build social connections. This can be especially important in rural areas where social isolation can be a problem. Spending some time in the outdoors, close to a rich natural habitat whilst getting some exercise, chatting over a cup of tea, making new friends, is a great way to spend a few hours.
Environmental benefits: Growing food locally can have a range of environmental benefits including low transport/production costs. Our no dig/ permaculture approach removes the need for pesticides and other chemicals, conserving water and promotes biodiversity.
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