Course – Improve soil health on your horticulture operation

From: Courses with Niels Corfield <nielscorfieldcourses>

Hi there,

Would any growers from your network be interested in a 1 day course on how to use the soil health principles to transform soil into a crumbly, friable state that’s easy to work and produces healthy crops?

‘Improving soil health on horticulture operations’ is a course lead by Niels Corfield, coming to OrganicLea’s Hawkwood Nursery in Chingford on Friday 22nd February 2019.

Would you be interested in sharing this on your newsletter and/or social media? I have attached a blurb on the course and a graphic in case it’s of interest.

See the course event page on facebook for detailed information on the topics covered and how to book.

Thank you so much,

Annie & Niels

Improving soil health on horticulture operations – 1 day course at OrganicLea, London

Learn to apply the soil health principles to transform your soil into a crumbly, friable state that’s easy to work and produces healthy crops. From large farms to market gardens, the soil health principles bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What’s more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today. Sign up for a 1 day course lead by Niels Corfield at the OrganicLea, Hawkwood Nursery, Chingford. More information and how to book: https://www.facebook.com/events/513222022531682/

New Year Get Together 2019

We continued with our tradition of bringing together friends and families linked to Southend in Transition through their direct work with us or via aligned projects.

We met at Trust Links site in Westcliff and enjoyed the warmth of the straw bale building while setting up the tables to look festive. Over biscuits we got to do create some lovely vision boards with wishes, hopes and goals for 2019 expressed through pictures, drawings and words. It is a great way to reflect on what matters to us and start the process of change. Tea and conversations stimulated by the cut outs kept flowing and chocolate biscuits were abundant.

We then had speed talks where anyone who wanted to talk about a project or personal change for 2019 has 2 min to present to others who then in turn can provide advice and support.

I kicked off talking with gratitude about all the volunteers and groups which contributed to the plot in 2018. We thanked those who enable us to be involved in this work while they look after the families or households. I spoke about not believing the illusion presented by the media and politicians and that there is more that unites us then divides us but that the distractions presented are in direct contradiction of the day to day of community groups which come together to make a difference to where they live and beyond. We will continue developing the plot in 2019 to make it a welcoming and beneficial place to our communities.

Duncan spoke about the relaunch of the Repair Cafe. Questions afterwards were about fixing sawing machines and these skills will be available. Anyone interested to contribute to the Repair Cafe contact duncan2seath@gmail.com

Ron told us about the orchards work happening in East of England. The February pruning workshop was over subscribed 2-3 times the capacity showing how much interest there is. Dates for plums summer pruning will be available in the future.

Ane spoke about thinking where your energy comes from and that many companies provide a reasonable price while sourcing green energy. Steve added that some companies directly invest the money in new green infrastructure. His advice was to see the Ethical Consumer score and a price comparison sites result and go with what you can afford. I added that this year 50% of the 10 lowest tariffs offered green energy. Matt signed up with Bulb so if you are interested to try them out he can refer you and that gives both parties money off.

Donna spoke about her work with dance therapy and the qualification she is gaining through Tamalpa. She talked about her inspirational teacher in her 90’s who is well and supple and what can be achieved through this type of therapy. She continues working with Emerge and putting on shows. Contact her at emergeartsdonna@gmail.com, 07839889187

Matt talked about the work done by Trust Links in developing sites in Canvey and Basildon. They hope to open up a cafe along the lines of Real Junk Food cafe but one which is pay what you can to make it affordable to everyone. On a different note St Alban’s will be looking at re-developing  their facilities to make them available to the community. Milton Community Partnership keeps running a number of community projects from St Mark’s Church Hall. He also talked about the breastfeeding support groups run by Eleanor and Alicja with one group hosted in the hall. To find out more or to volunteer contact chiefexec@trustlinks.org

Steve told us about the therapeutic gardens developed in Rochford Hospital and the work to be undertaking on developing new gardens on the grounds open to the public as well. He is also encouraging people to attend the demos organised by the Extinction Rebellion. Anyone interested to find out more or to become a trustee please contact him on steveburrow65@gmail.com

Tilly spoke about Southend Soup and events coming up in a few months time.

After that we had a music session led by Susan, the drums and Nella’s instrument basket came out and everyone contributed to some rhymes when food was ready.

We had lots of food to share with people bringing nibbles, main courses, desserts and drinks. Plenty to chose from vegan buckwheat and mushroom bakes, through to roasted and steamed veg through to jam tarts and homemade chocolates. There where plenty of seconds and I think everyone left pretty full and satisfied and we had enough cake to give out packs on the door.

Great start to this year ahead which will continue to test us and also offer opportunities to grow personally, as a community and as inhabitants of one and only planet within the generous boundaries of nature.

Talk ‘Bees, Biodynamics and Community Ownership at Lauriston Farm’ Monday, 21 January 8 pm

From: Carole Shorney <caroleshorney>

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THIS SATURDAY | Fruit Picking Study Trip with Company Drinks | The Plotlands

From: Radical ESSEX <hayleydixon>

A day study trip to The Haven Plotlands Museum in Langdon Hills, with talks, tours, readings and fruit picking.

Please join Focal Point Gallery and Company Drinks for a

Fruit Picking Study Trip
This Saturday, 21 July
10.00am to 5.00pm
at The Plotlands, Langdon Hills and
Company Drinks Pavilion, Barking

A day study trip to The Haven Plotlands Museum in Langdon Hills, which looks into the history of self-sufficiency of east London communities moving out to Essex, and the means we have today to build infrastructures that make use of local resources for immediate local benefit.

The day will be a mix of readings, talks, tours and fruit picking, where we will be learning about alternative economics, Essex as a place of radical culture and the idea behind ‘Taking Back the Economy’.

Guest speakers include Gillian Darley, Verity-Jane Keefe and Ken Worpole. A free bus will travel between London, Barking and the Plotlands.

Schedule

10.00am pick up from Museum of Childhood,
Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA (meet at 9.45)
10.45am pick up from Company Drinks Barking Pavilion,
Barking Park IG11 8TA (meet at 10.30)
12.00pm arrive at The Plotlands.
12.00pm nature reserve walk and blackberry picking
1.00pm picnic together and short talks – please bring your own food!
2.00pm tour of The Haven
2.30pm leave The Plotlands
3.30pm arrive at Company Drinks Barking Pavilion
3.45pm talk, discussion and drinks led by Gillian Darley, Verity-Jane Keefe and Ken Worpole
5.00pm end

The event is free, but booking is required to secure a place on the bus. Please register here

The trip is co-organised by the Centre of Plausible Economies/Company Drinks together with Focal Point Gallery through their Radical ESSEX programme. It is funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme New Geographies, led by ECVAN.

The Radical ESSEX publication will be available to purchase at this event.

Stay up to date with Radical ESSEX on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
For more information, please email here or call +44(0)1702 534108

If you have attended a Radical ESSEX or Focal Point Gallery event in the last six months, we would be grateful if you could complete a brief questionnaire via Audience Finder. This information helps us to receive continued support from Arts Council England.

Seeog trip: Saturday 14 July, 14:00 – 17:00: Visit to the Monastery (including garden) of Saint John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights

From Carol:

A reminder about our visit on Saturday afternoon….

Saturday 14 July, 14:00 – 17:00: Visit to the Monastery (including garden) of
Saint John the Baptist, The Old Rectory road, Tolleshunt Knights, by Maldon, CM
9 8EZ

This is a visit using car share.

Carole
http://seeog.org.uk/

Free Symposium: Deconstructing Neoliberal Hegemony

From Eileen

‘After posting something on FB I was contacted by the organiser of a symposium called ‘Deconstructing neoliberal hegemony’ which sounded just up my street! My family get a bit fed up with me going on about ‘neoliberal hegemony’ so I welcomed the chance to spend a couple of days with others who are interested in it. I feel a tad apprehensive because they are mainly international academics but go I must! http://realdemocracymovement.org/ifi-2018-invitation-copenhagen-deconstructing-neoliberal-hegemony/

Then, browsing what to do in Copenhagen I came across the Christiana alternative community. https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/culture/alternative-christiania. Something else worth visiting I reckon.

I’m going on Sunday 10th June and returning Wed 13th June. The symposium is Mon/Tues. I’m flying (sorry!) from Stansted – return flight about £80

Have booked an airbnb in central Copenhagen

The symposium is free – they ask for a donation

Be great if anyone feels the urge to go and can afford it. Total cost around £250 plus food

email: eileen

PRESS RELEASE: Posh Fish & Chips networking event

‘Posh Fish & Chips’ networking event for businesses

Clarence Yard in Clarence Street, Southend is hosting a business networking event on 14th May and providing ‘posh fish and chips,’ with veggie alternatives, for delegates.

The evening event is part of the Double Whammy series of Southend business networking events.

Tickets for the event are £10, which includes food and a welcome drink. £8 from each ticket sold will go to a ‘charity pot’ to support two local good causes: Southend Hospital Charity For Wards Appeal; and N-Act, a local theatre group that users the power of stage play and interaction to inform and educate young people about important issues such as social media usage and gang culture.

Jill Poet, CEO of BSTLC CIC which organises these events, stressed: “We welcome business people to join us at DW Networking events as we find business networking in a relaxed, more social atmosphere works really well. And, of course, our events also raise money for local good causes through ticket sales. We’ve raised over £9,000 to date. But these are quality business networking events and we will not be holding any raffles on auctions on the day.”

Booking is essential: jill, or Google Double Whammy Southend

www.dwnetworking.co.uk/Southend

For more information, contact CEO Jill Poet on 01702 468387 or email: jill

Jill Poet

Tel: 01702 468387

Email: jill

Web: www.jillpoet.co.uk

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