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18 gadgets that help reduce food waste


While good old fashioned planning and awareness should be at the forefront of our waste busting ways, there’s also a slew of smart innovations and food preservation products, that are putting a stop to spoilage. From Wi-Fi enabled fridges, handheld food sniffers, to packaging that detects mould, check out our list of gadgets and gizmos (with a few kitchen classics thrown in for good measure) that are sure to transform your kitchen into a futuristic vision from the Jetsons.

Visit the Olio website for full details.

Storage Solutions

Lets suppose you have grown some oyster mushrooms and cant eat any more of them for a while, where do you keep the spare mushrooms??

An idea – If you leave your mushrooms to dry completely, around three days will do, they will become quite crispy and dehydrated. This means they can be stored long term. A plastic tub, glass jar will do the trick. A cool dark place also prevents any moisture build up and subsequent perishing of your shrooms.

The beauty of dehydrated mushrooms is that they retain their nutritional value over long periods, can be rehydrated at any time to nearly full size, and are very robust as a storage food. Dried mushrooms, like dried fruit and veg can be kept a long time in nearly any spare space available.

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Tree Dressing Day, December – are you interested

Art of the Village, (www.artofthevillage.moonfruit.com) is is looking to collaborate with others in celebrating Tree Dressing Day over the first weekend of December.
To contact them email: artofthevillage@hotmail.co.uk
More information about Tree Dressing can be found on the website of Common Ground:

Common Ground is internationally recognised for playing a unique role in the arts and environmental fields, distinguished by the linking of nature with culture, focussing upon the positive investment people can make in their own localities, championing popular democratic involvement, and by inspiring celebration as a starting point for action to improve the quality of our everyday places. We offer ideas, information and inspiration through publications and projects such as the campaign for LOCAL DISTINCTIVENESS, Orchards and Community Orchards, Apple Day, Field Days, Parish Maps, Flora Britannica, Tree Dressing Day, and Confluence.

Kind regards
Paul Crafer

Chase Road Community Project
15 Chase Road
Essex SS1 2RE
E: chaseroad@hotmail.co.uk
W: www.chaseroad.webeden.co.uk

Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers

This has been on my mind for a while now. Through my and my colleagues work on Southend in Transition and our involvement with other organisations we were lucky to find out about many local individuals, projects, businesses and institutions interested or engaged in growing and producing food locally.

Some community initiative around the UK have prepared Local Food Guides and Directories or looked how to consolidate and help grow their local food networks through Local Food Hubs. With many people asking us what is happening locally, where they can buy produce and products I thought I will make a start on gathering this information in one place and display it in different formats for people to use, contribute and publicise.

1) Local organic gardeners have recently prepared a great list of local and regional suppliers here.

2) Map Mind of a possible Local Food Network project for Southend (version 0.1 work in progress)

3) Google Map – volunteer needed to create one

4) Southend food growers and producers printable booklet – work in progress

How you can Help

(please write in the comments below which of these things you already do or intend to do next to inspire others)

  • Join the Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10150117854010788)
  • come to Transition Drinks – check dates on the website (https://westclifftransition.wordpress.com/)
  • send your contact details in to receive updates and offers (kamilpac@gmail.com)
  • get in touch with the businesses and producers listed and buy local
  • forward to friends, publicise to facebook or your website and blog
  • start learning, growing or producing
  • edit map with new information, add your organisations details through the comments below
  • become members of local organisations
  • if you want to be a co-editor or contributor to this map please email me at (kamilpac@gmail.com) with a short description who you are and what you’d like to do
  • look at the project plan and actions and volunteer some time

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Apple Day with a Ceilidh on Friday, 22 October


South East Essex Organic Gardeners are celebrating Apple Day with a Ceilidh on Friday, 22 October (8pm – 11pm) and local band ‘GARLIC SPREAD’ with caller SIBBY.




At Hawkwell Village Hall, Main Road, Hawkwell SS5 4EH




Ticket: £11 (adult) – £5 (child under 14)

Inc. freshly-made Ploughman’s Supper and Apple Juice

Prepared by Maureen and her team!

(So you won’t need to bring additional food!)

(Vegan option available by prior request)

Bring your own drink





Carole Shorney

Tel: 01702 201914