Food

What we're doing

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.

 

Fruit and hedges

Our first apples ripening in the autumn sun!

The Ellison's Orange Pippin has 4 nice fruits.

 

 

 

HeHessel Pearssel pears are supposed to be small, but I was hoping for something a bit more substantial!

'The Serpentine' Nursery Regeneration

IS THIS BUXTON'S FUTURE FOOD EDUCATION CENTRE?

After years of discussion between Transition Buxton and High Peak Borough Council, the dream is finally getting close to becoming a reality. Buxton Town Team have taken on chairing the planning meetings, Buxton and Leek College are looking at incorporating it into their teaching syllabus, and there is a ground swell of support in the town for the project to succeed.

STREET COLLECTION AND PLANT SWAP

Date: 
14 June, 2014 - 10:00 - 14:00
SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 10AM-2PM
STREET COLLECTION AND PLANT SWAP
BUXTON (SPRING GARDENS OR TURNERS MEMORIAL tbc)
 
Have you got any plants going spare? Seedlings for this year's vegetable planting, house plants, cuttings are all equally welcome. Bring them along to our stall, and swap them for something you don't have. If you don't have
   anything spare come along anyway, we will accept
     cash donations in lieu of plants!
 
We also have a street collection licence, so if you could spare an hour or so to rattle a tin, we'd be delighted to hear from you - contact Charles.
 
 

JUNE 'GROW YOUR OWN' WORKSHOP

Date: 
15 June, 2014 - 14:00 - 15:30
'GROW YOUR OWN' WORKSHOP - COMPOST AND LIQUID FEEDS
SUNDAY 15TH JUNE, 2PM to 3:30PM (ish)
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, HARDWICK SQUARE EAST

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?! Join us in the URC veggie garden for the sixth of our food growing workshops, where we cover a different topic each month according to the seasons.
 
Summer seems to be here at last, and the vegetation is growing madly - especially the weeds! So the plan this month is to look at COMPOSTING AND LIQUID FEEDS - because those madly growing weeds are actually a useful crop, that can be turned into yummy scrummy food for your vegetables. Join us to find out how!
 

Fruitbush cuttings17thMarch

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.

FRUIT TREE PLANTING

We're planning to go ahead despite the wind.

TREE PLANTING

Date: 
1 February, 2014 - 11:00 - 14:00
FRUIT TREE PLANTING
SATURDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
11-12AM COTE HEATH PARK, 1-2PM ASHWOOD PARK
 
The latest installment of our Dispersed Community Orchard! In
  conjunction with High Peak Borough Council, we will be planting
   six new fruit trees on Cote Heath Park, near the play area,
  and another three in the Ashwood Park. There will be a mix
of different apple varieties, plus damson, greengage and cherry.
 
Please join us to help with the planting, and show your support.
 

Sourdough recipe

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.

 

Food Group Meeting

Date: 
1 May, 2012 - 19:30 - 21:00

Tues. - Food Group Meeting  at Jilla & Pete's. 2 Vic' Pk Road. Tea & sometimes biscuits.

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