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SEEOG talk Monday 21 July – River of Flowers

SEEOG’s next meeting is on Monday 21 July, 7.00pm – 10.00pm (Kathryn’s talk starting at 8.00pm).

Kathryn Lwin is the founder of River of Flowers, a social enterprise working with communities to create trail or ‘rivers’ of wildflowers in urban spaces as forage for bees, butterflies and other pollinators, responsible for pollinating a third of the food on our tables. Kathryn will be giving a talk called ‘Feed the Bees that Feed Us’, recommending which wildflowers to plant in spaces such as verges, gardens, hanging baskets, with vegetables and under fruit trees, and explaining how to plant in ‘bee pastures’ and create bee homes as shelter for wild bees.

Regards to all,



SEEOG Talk: The Peckham Experiment, Mon 16th Jan

Still pioneering: food, farming and the Peckham Experiment    

In 1926, two Doctors in south London set up the Pioneer Health Centre, a unique health centre which placed good nutrition, organic food, social interaction and self-direction at its heart. Recognising that good health rested on much more than simply an absence of disease, the Peckham Experiment – as the Centre soon became known – remains a highly relevant and compelling example of the benefits of linking food, farming and health care provision.  This talk by Kate McGeevor, Trustee and Secretary of the Pioneer Health Foundation, will discuss the unique approach employed by the Pioneer Health Centre and what we can still learn from its findings over 80 years later.

Growing for Self-Sufficiency Talk Monday 17 January

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Monday 17 January

SEEOG member, Maike Windhorst, on Growing for Self-Sufficiency

  • No need to fly in Spring Onions from Mexico into Southend Airport

  • Tips and tricks to Grow Your Own all the year through

  • Ways to deal with climate challenges in the South East

  • A fresh look at composting


Maike has been an organic gardener all her life and has been carrying on a life-long experiment to gain self-sufficiency. She has had large vegetable plots on all sorts of soils and rainfalls (in temperate Europe). When she came to England (1992), she joined Brentwood Organic Gardeners. Sadly they have packed up since. At the time, she met gardeners who knew Lawrence Hill from the Bocking days.

She has written a brochure (Growing for Self-sufficiency in a Changing Climate). This covers what leading authorities have written on Grow Your Own and how it should be developed further taking into account her own experience. She gave a rudimentary version of this talk at SEEOG some years ago after we invited her to stand in for another speaker.

Maike is now on the RHS speakers’ list and has given this talk to several societies in Essex. She also did a Veggie advice desk in Hyde Hall some time ago.

More info in the South East Essex Organic Gardeners Newsletter

SEEOG January Newsletter is out!

South East Essex Organic Gardeners January Newsletter is out!

Some highlights below.

Our venue is St. David’s Church Hall, 400 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood (off The Rodings) at 8.15pm. Please let us know if you would like to help us with any of our events, as we rely on your help to make them a success and not a challenge! For instance, In March we need one or two kind members to help Robert Wiseman with the Rettendon seminar, as with the Canvey seminar in May, the Westcliff seminar in June, the Rochford seminar in July and the South Woodham seminar in November.
We very much hope our minibus trip to the Potato Day will be a sell-out this year, as well as our coach to Brogdale in July.
We are also planning a visit to Hilltop Farm in Benfleet (to be arranged with Mo Perkins before 18 May) and are contemplating another to the Purleigh Wine Festival on Sunday 5 September.

A small garden? Very little time? No gardening skills? Reduced housekeeping budget? A wish to eat more healthily?
Come along and hear Cicely Morris, the South Essex Ambassador for the charity Send a Cow! Cicely’s talk will include how to construct and maintain both keyhole kitchen gardens and sack gardens, showing how small spaces can be used effectively and sustainably. Send a Cow works with rural community groups in nine countries in Africa, providing small-scale farmers with the skills and means to feed their families and earn an income. Its work is based around:

Sustainable agricultural training, following the principle of integrating crops and livestock

Livestock (bought in Africa) and training in animal husbandry

Environmental sustainability training to ensure that land is protected for future generations

Social development support to strengthen groups so they can move towards self-sufficiency

Support and follow up from its staff until community members are able to support each other

The pass-on principle, by which farmers pass on the benefits (e.g. the first female offspring of
their livestock and the skills they have learned) to another family, so their work goes on

Send a Cow

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Send a Cow

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