Our Harvest Share scheme has been running successfully since July, and we will still have space for more members for this year, so please continue to help spread the word!
All the veg is growing well, with the exception of those affected by the return of the wireworm! The weeds are also growing beautifully which means our hoes are busy and are we have our hands full. We are still waiting for Avon Wildlife Trust to get access to their site, so we can start preparing for sowing winter salads in one of their greenhouses.
Our big new is that we are currently running a pilot Community Veg Growing Training programme as part of our commitment to be a place for learning, and including people who are socially or economically marginalised.
The training is designed for people who have some gardening experience but want to learn more about community-based vegetable growing. At very short notice, we had nearly twenty applicants for only five spaces, so it looks like there is a demand for practical hands-on training.
Each week focuses on a different aspect of growing; a different vegetable family; and the relevant practical techniques and skills. So for example, one week, we discussed rotations and green manures and then proceeded to under sow squash with trefoil. Last week, we discussed weeds and the carrot family and then proceeded to hand weed and hoe (trialling three hoe types) a few hundred metres of carrot rows.
We have a diverse and enthusiatic pod of trainees, who have instituted their own bring and share lunches (including homebaked cake!), which makes the training a joy to run.
As you can see the team have been and will be working hard! Our particular thanks to the workshares: David, Cai, Ollie, Matt and Tristan.
Sims Hill was also part of the recent Reclaim the Fields southwest gathering held in Bristol on 6-7 August.
Our future plans include another Harvest party on the Hill on October 8, other community-building
events and much more, so please keep checking back here for details!