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Seed Swap at Potato Day – Saturday 27 February


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.

SE Essex Organic Gardeners

SE Organic Gardeners

The latest newsletter is now available via the website.




A film celebrating the

local food movement

Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

MONDAY, 19th MAY 8pm


47 Fairfax Drive, Southend SS0 9AG

(corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)

Local Food Roots – a film celebrating the local food movement

Food really matters, how you eat, how you shop, crucially affects how the world is.” Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

We have had to change our programme because Jim Bishop, our forager, is unwell.



Potato Day on Saturday 22 February

Potato Day on Saturday 22 February makes potatoes a ‘must grow’ for many a local gardener!

With over 30 varieties of seed potato, some organic, sold individually at 15p per tuber, SE Essex Seed Potato Day on Saturday 22 February gives local gardeners the chance to buy seed potatoes by the tuber, meaning anyone with enough space for a potato grow-bag, or an entire allotment plot, can get started as soon as the weather improves!

SE Essex Organic Gardeners’ Secretary, Carole Shorney, said: ‘Whether your garden is large or small, the taste of home-grown, freshly dug potatoes is a taste hard to beat.”

At the event, visitors can buy seed potatoes by the tuber and learn all about growing them with tips from the members, plus some onion sets at £1.40 per pound.

Care is taken to source from UK suppliers, not for jingoistic reasons but to reduce the spread of the pathogen, brown rot, from mainland Europe.

SE Essex Seed Potato Day will take place at 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Admission is FREE, with refreshments available on the day.

Call 01702 201914 for more information or visit http://www.seeog.org.uk/ for updates.



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

Originally uploaded by Southend-on-Sea in Transition