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Norwich Community Bees
We're part of a world-wide community movement in response to peak oil and climate change. This site gives you details of our up and coming events and meetings, as well as reports and related matters that are going on in Norwich and East Anglia.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
The role will be a supporting one and involves working with the head grower and volunteers. Experience of field scale veg production, both outdoors and in protected cropping, is ideally preferred. Driver's licence essential.
The applicant will need to be flexible with their time during the week and throughout the seasons. Hours are negotiable but 3 to 4 days a week will be required from March until October dropping to 1 to 2 days a week in the winter months. £6.08 per hour (with a view to increasing
this over time).
Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and a full job description. Application deadline – May 6th. Interviews pencilled in for 11th of May to start mid-June or as soon as possible thereafter. for more info about our scheme see: http://norwichcommunityag.blogspot.com/
Photo: onions at Postwick by Elena Judd
Friday, April 1, 2011
We're offering two sizes of share: a smaller share which aims to provide enough vegetables for 1-2 people costs £37 per month, while a larger share (aimed more at families) costs £53.50 per month. In addition we're asking members to pay a "social membership fee" of £2 a month (towards a newsletter, social events etc).
If you don't want a veg share you can still join in the social part! If you signed up on our online survey all that time ago, we'll be contacting you with more details very soon. If you didn't, contact Tully at email@example.com or phone 07717 471 396.
Also happening at FarmShare this month: Laura and her team have already started planting out vegetables, and will be planting many more. A workday last month put up the polytunnel and the composting loo. And this Saturday (April 2nd) we'll be having a picnic (12-2pm) and brief AGM on the field at Postwick - call Tully if you'd like to join us.
Come join the Envisioning Group to help plan activities for 2011: Thurs 7 April at 7 pm at Take Five in Tombland For more information: Stefi 07964 494836
Since my last update in early March, we've made good progress at Grapes Hill Community Garden.
We've finished moving our forty tonnes of extra soil, sown our wildflower meadow and cornfield annuals and, most recently, laid turf and planted woodland wildflowers. The first radishes are emerging in one of the deep beds and the daffodils are in flower.
If you'd like to get involved, we will have further work days on Sundays 3rd and 17th April, Easter Monday 25th April and Sunday 15th May 2011. Tasks start at 11am and all are welcome. Bring lunch and, if you have them, gardening gloves.
See our website (www.grapeshillcommunitygarden.org) for further details and the latest photos.We are also on Facebook as "Grapes Hill Community Garden, Norwich". Jeremy Bartlett.
Above: Laying turf, photo copyright Grapes Hill Community Gardening Group
Anyone in the west of Norwich, who is trying to reduce their carbon footprint is welcome to join us, just get in touch with Helen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Star attraction on the table was our community toss-it-in 24 green leaf salad (see list below), some from our vegetable patches and others gathered from our local lanes). More chickweed went into the omelette and we were all surprised by the alexander stems which, while no one could accuse them of being like asparagus, were much nicer than any of us remembered.
Afterwards we discussed vegetable oil as one of the key ingredients of the low-carbon larder. We looked at the production of five oils – hemp, olive, sunflower, sesame and rapeseed – finding out the value of cold-pressed, where the seeds were grown, what kind of methods and machines were used to extract them, the myriad medicinal uses of sesame, even finding a solar-powered olive oil company in Italy! We discussed prices, freight, health, fertilisers, human waste . . . the whole complex business of crop growing and all its (mostly) invisible resource and land use. When push comes to shove oils that could be grown here commercially are hemp and rapeseed (now both grown on a small, and expensive scale). Sunflower too at a pinch. We’re going to miss those olives! Charlotte Du Cann
Some of our 24 Leaves of Spring: rainbow chard, parsley, fennel, ground ivy, sorrel, rocket, endive, sage, purslane, landcress, tansy, mugwort, chives, parsley, lovage, dill, alexander, bittercres, salad burnet, dandelion, hawthorn, jack-in-the-hedge, chickweed, cleavers, plus violets and primroses.
I was wondering if anyone wanted to come and join me during these busy days. It's not glamorous work, but I always found that sitting on the transplanter with a friend on a sunny day and planting crops that we'll get to eat was certainly not a chore.
When we're using the transplanter we'll need one person to drive the tractor then two people to sit behind and handle the seedling. This work starts mid April and goes on until mid July or so (if the weather co-operates). Eventually we'll need help weeding as well, so if you're particularly skilled in that area then don't worry - you'll have your chance! And if you have any other skills that you'd like to lend then drop me a line. Laura Creen
In the future volunteering for Norwich FarmShare will perhaps change but for the moment if you're interested you can contact me via email: email@example.com or mobile: 07983 506 500. Ideally I'm looking for someone that's available for between 4 and 8 hours, and whether it's weekdays or weekends just let me know.
Planting onions at Postwick
At TN many of us write for the news,This Low Carbon Life and the FarmShare blogs, as well as tweet (under tnnorwich). We've also just added some regularly updated links to news items from the Transition Network and other Transition communities (see left hand column). Do let us know what you think or what you'd like to see more of. Meanwhile check out our latest social networking tool. Simeon Jackson reports:
Although Transition Norwich has been on Facebook since 2007 (which is before Transition Norwich had even been unleashed!), we have recently been making efforts to bring everything up to date, and to guide anyone interested in Transition towards relevant information.
Ever since Facebook came onto the online scene, it has been a fantastic tool for spreading the word about new concepts, ideas and events. We would love to use it to its full potential: to tell stories of our transition experience; to raise awareness of peak oil, climate change, and the potentials of the transition approach in tackling them; to expand Transition Norwich and include Facebook users as part of the Transition Norwich community.
You can help progress Transition Norwich through facebook by: - Joining the facebook group - Inviting your friends to the facebook group, or to our events - Posting on your wall about Transition Norwich and what we are doing - Sharing news articles, blog posts, events and websites by posting links on your wall. Happy Facebooking!
For further details about Communications contact Charlotte Du Cann
Photo: Sustainable Bungay's Save Our Library read-in from tipping point by Charlotte Du Cann