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SEEOG Seed Potato Day


Potato Day makes potatoes a ‘must grow’ for local gardeners!

SEEOG’s Seed Potato Day
Saturday 27 February
10am – 2pm
Growing Together Westcliff, corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase, SS0 9AG

Free admission – refreshments available

Trust Links is delighted to be hosting again this year Seed Potato Day in conjunction with South East Essex Organic Gardeners on Saturday 27 February.

With approximately 40 varieties of seed potato, some organic, sold individually at 15p per tuber (same price as last year!), SE Essex Seed Potato Day gives local gardeners the chance to buy seed potatoes by the tuber, meaning anyone – from those with just enough space for a potato grow-bag, or an entire allotment plot – can get started on growing some spuds as soon as the weather improves!

There will also be Stuttgart Giant and Turbo onion sets for sale, plus organic fertiliser! Trust Links will also be selling the plants and vegetables raised in the Growing Together Garden. Refreshments will be available including jacket potatoes.

The event is free and runs from 10am until 2pm. Visitors should use the Prittlewell Chase entrance. Please check the SEEOG website for updates:

Update 2 February: Click this link for details of varieties ordered

Trading Hut Re-Opening

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News

20 January 2016

Dear All

Trading Hut Re-Opening

The Trading Hut will re-open for business on Saturday 30th January 2016.

By then we should have seed potatoes, spring planting onions and shallots in for sale details below.

In addition we have a stock of potted up spring bulbs which would brighten up any corner of your garden or plot.

Seed Potatoes

We will have in stock;

Arran Pilot               1st Early

Foremost                 1st Early

Cara                         Main Crop

Desiree                    Main Crop (Red)

King Edward           Main Crop

Anya                        Main Crop (salad type not unlike Pink Fir Apple but “Less Knobbly”)


Stuttgarter Giant              (white)

Red Baron                       (red)


Golden Gourmet

Some members have pre ordered potatoes and these will be available to be picked up from opening day. I may not be able to obtain more stock once what is left after the orders have been filled so don’t delay and getting your seed for chitting and planting in the spring.

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th.

Dave Alston

Trading Hut Manager

Trading Hut Opening Hours

 Saturday 12:00 till 14:00 Sunday 10:00 till 11:30

Dave Alston
07801 355630

The latest SEEOG newsletter is now available


The latest SEEOG newsletter is now available for download at http://seeog.org.uk/

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[Permaculture Magazine] Today was the first day of our Design 4 ACTION…‏

design 4 action

Today was the first day of our Design 4 ACTION Permaculture Design Course at Morbeck Farm near Wickford with the One Love Foundation – when discussing the course with the organisers earlier in the week we decided that installing a wood burner in the portacabin classroom would be a good afternoon practical project, however it was actually the first thing we did this morning as it was so cold nobody could sit around for any sessions! Normally we start the course with some icebreaker/group bonding type sessions – this was a REAL icebreaker however, and a great design challenge/team building project as well as illustrating the need for flexibility and adaptability in the PDC curriculum… It took longer than expected and a few sessions had to get shunted, but I’m sure we’ll catch up – looking forward to day 2 tomorrow!


Visit the facebook page for more information.

SEEOG Meeting


SEEOG would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 18 January, 8 – 10pm at Growing Together Westcliff.

Visitors are asked to use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase).

Steve Oakley and Faye Owen, the founders of The Friends of Shopland Churchyard, present a talk on the restoration of the Churchyard since they stumbled across it in September 2013…

Please check website for updates – http://seeog.org.uk/

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

Please feel free to share, etc.

Season’s Greetings!

SE Essex Seed Potato Day


SE Essex Seed Potato Day is organised and run entirely by volunteers from both SEEOG and local charity, Trust Links.

Please do put the date in your diary!

Saturday 27 February, 10.00am – 2.00pm

• Approximately 40 varieties of seed potato (some organic) sold individually at 15p per tuber!
• Stuttgart Giant and Turbo onion sets!
• Organic fertiliser!

Please check website for updates – http://seeog.org.uk/

Growing Together Westcliff. Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)

Free admission – refreshments available

Part time job opportunity

southend food growers

If anyone knows someone that is looking for a part time (18 hours a week) job that involves running an in-house gardening / community project, overseeing volunteers, maintaining and utilising a 25 foot polytunnel, working within a supported housing environment. Please message me.
The role is based in Southend, The pay isn’t great, but the role can be incredibly rewarding. There are loads of internal and external courses on the supported housing front, so the position offers a fantastic opportunity to move onto bigger and better things career-wise (as I have!).


Posted in Southend Food Growers Facebook page.

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Organic Vegetable Growing Course

Southend in Transition Vision 2030

Resilient Southend – Food and Reskilling

As crop yields were strongly affected by climate disruption and high oil prices hit farmers around the world making imported food costly the population had to relearn how to grow some of their own food. Some people took the chance and made a career out of that – starting up local market gardens and offering their skills to people who needed help with learning how to grow food. UK farmers who early on changed their ways of working to incorporate organic and permaculture principles became competetive again supplying nearby towns and cities. All in all the local economies became stronger as the money circulated mainly locally. Doctors reported that people are healthier with levels of obesity very much below those of 2009 and diabetes in children became a rareity again thanks to the fresh, organic and seasonal produce available. The favourite programme on TV was the X Veg Factor and you could overhear that the heated talk in the local pub -The Cricketers was about to dig or not to dig.

A step in the right direction.

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What else could happen to bring us closer to a resilient Southend of 2030? Share in the comments.