The whole world is our dining room, but be careful: it is also our garbage can.
The food group in transition buxton is looking at a variety of possibilities that aim at reducing our dependence on food supplies from outside of Buxton or the surrounding areas.
With that in mind, we're currently looking at sites which might be able to be used for allotments, community orchards, community supported agriculture, either with the support of the local councils, or guerilla planting. The more local food we have, the more likely we'll be able to cope without the intensive energy requirements of large-scale agribusiness and the massive reliance on the import and transportation of food.
We're also interested in increasing the skills of people in Buxton at growing food. This translates to skill shares (bee-keeping, allotment gardening skills, permaculture techniques).
See the forum http://transitionbuxton.co.uk/forum/5 for more detail.
And check out the attached slide show - it's a presentation that was done for a meeting with Buxton Civic Association, but includes a lot of more general information as well. Remember you have to be registered and logged in to see the attachments.
Another healthy turnout for the March edition of our 'How to Grow Food in SK17' workshop series on Sunday. People went away happily loaded up with pots of fruit-bush cuttings. We spent a good hour or more talking about hardwood cuttings - and chopped up blackcurrant, gooseberry, jostaberry & worcesterberry stems. Some were stuck directly in our new demonstration patch at the URC, but most went into pots of (peat-free!) compost to be taken home by participants.
IS THIS BUXTON'S FUTURE FOOD EDUCATION CENTRE?
The Buckingham Hotel played host on Tuesday to a meeting of minds in the form of the Buxton Town Team, Buxton Civic Association and Transition Buxton. The subject under discussion was the 'greening' of the town (both horticulturally and environmentally!). Transition Buxton presented a progress report on the proposal to renovate the old Serpentine Parks depot and glasshouses, near Burlington Road.
Sourdough recipe used in the workshop 17th March, taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/chefs/hugh-fearnley-whittingstall/...
The baker at River Cottage wrote this book with a similar but slightly more developed sourdough method, which I suspect Hugh tweaked http://www.rivercottage.net/users/River%20Cottage%20Bread%20Handbook/
It's well-worth looking at for straightforward instructions and bready recipes.
Tues. - Food Group Meeting at Jilla & Pete's. 2 Vic' Pk Road. Tea & sometimes biscuits.
Some hardy fruit trees are going to be planted around the higher recreation ground on Brown Edge Road. Location Map: http://g.co/maps/z6x84
"Planting a tree is always satisfying - planting one that pays back in fruit is even better! Free food on the doorstep is good for everyone, and makes environmental sense, too."
Usual place, usual time. Contact Jilla for info: 71061
Are you interested in exploring whether Buxton could feed itself? If so please read the message from Steve below...
The food group has identified the need for a strategic plan for the future of food growing in our area. This would allow us to see how proposed projects relate to one another but would be most useful when communicating with local authorities and funding bodies.