SE Essex Organic Gardeners] SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join…

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SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 19 September at Growing Together Westcliff at 8.00pm:

“Ben Lambert – adapting to economic and climatic change in an Essex Orchard”

Ben has been carrying out projects for his permaculture diploma at the 94 year old orchard Crapes Fruit Farm, near Colchester. There they grow both fruit and vegetables so expect a mix of no-dig farming, bio-intensive, soil re-mineralisation, forest gardening and holistic orchard management.

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

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

See the facebook page for more information.

short courses @ apricot centre

permaculture flyer 16-17

edible garden series 16-17

[Southend-on-Sea Action] Spiralseed are pleased to announce ‘Creating A…

Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

The world’s full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to start?

Start with something small. Something that makes best use of your unique set of gifts. Something that begins on your doorstep – that tackles the problem in front you – and grows from there. 

This course, an enhanced version of one I ran in 2012 – and this time co-delivered with Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett – will equip you with the skills and inspiration to Make Something Happen in your community.

I’m an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner with 10 years of working with this philosophy to help people make a difference. You don’t need to know anything about Appreciative Inquiry (have a Google!) except that it’s originator – Dr David Cooperider – describes it as a way toseek out what gives life in order to ignite the imagination of what could be. It’s used with communities all over the world: working especially well in rural communities in developing countries.

At its heart is story-telling, and finding the best in every person. Everyone has something they can DO. To quote Cooperider (because this is great and I’ve nicked a bit for the course title):

“[Appreciative Inquiry] deliberately seeks to discover people’s exceptionality – their unique gifts, strengths, and qualities. It actively searches and recognizes people for their specialities – their essential contributions and achievements. And it is based on principles of equality of voice – everyone is asked to speak about their vision of the true, the good, and the possible. Appreciative Inquiry builds momentum and success because it believes in people. It really is an invitation to a positive revolution. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential.”

Over six weeks you’ll learn how AI works and will be encouraged to build your own project. The course is interactive and practical, and the fee includes a folder with detailed handouts of each session and all exercises. We encourage a certain amount of ‘homework’ but this will be light, fun and optional.

Places are restricted to 16, and will be allocated first come first served. (We’ll start a waiting list if we get over-subscribed!)

Tutors: Sherry Fuller, Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and founder of Southend Soup, Graham Burnett, Diploma of Permaculture Design

Venue: Upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road (opposite Southend Central Station), Southend on Sea,

Dates: One evening a week for 6 weeks, Thursday 28 April through to Thursday 2 June

Time: 7 – 9pm

Course fee: Cost for full course £30.00 for concessions (ie students, and those not currently working.)

£50.00 for everyone else

A deposit secures your place and you can pay the remaining balance on the first night. £5 deposit for concessions, £15 deposit for non-concessions.

See more at the website.

 

SEEOG – March Poster and Other Information

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SEEOG March Posters

Please see the website for further information.

Seed Swap at Potato Day – Saturday 27 February

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There will be a seed swap stall for people to bring their seeds and take what they fancy. Don’t worry if you don’t have a swap, you can also buy at a small fee.

Also, we now have details of the stock ordered for SEEOG’s Seed Potato Day (Saturday 27 February)

First Early seed potatoes ordered for February 2016 – harvest around July:
First Early varieties are quick-growing, cropping in around ten weeks. Not recommended for storage. A good choice to avoid potato late blight.

Accent, Casablanca (organic), Colleen (organic), Epicure, Foremost, Home Guard, Lady Cristl, Orla (organic), Red Duke of York, Rocket, Ulster Prince (also good drought resistance), Ulster Sceptre, Winston.

Putting on a ‘Three Acres And A Cow’ show ‘co-promoted’ by SEEOG: Saturday 21 May

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I am aware of ‘overload’ now but there are quite a few things coming along that can’t wait for the newsletter.

Please do put this date in your diary – there will be more detail later.
http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/

It will be in the Fisherman’s Chapel, Leigh-on-Sea.
http://fishermenschapel.org.uk/

It will be a co-promoted event between Squeezebox Folk and SEEOG, which woudl frame the event nicely and mean that it would get out to a wide range of people in the area between our two networks.

What is proposed at the moment is a simple shared meal made from as much local produce as possible… think a seasonal soup/stew an d bread type affair… the kitchen at the Fishersman’s Chapel and downstairs room could accommodate that nicely before heading upstairs for the show…


Potential timings:

6.15 - doors and simple shared meal
7.00 - show
8.15 - interval
8.40 - 2nd half
10.00 - end of show

Carole

SEEOG Seed Potato Day

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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