We meet every month – all welcome

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Feed Leeds is a network of individuals and organisations working in partnership to support local food growing for its social, economic, environmental and health benefits, and to promote healthy, sustainable and affordable food in Leeds.
Next Potting Shed Drinks: Thurs Nov 23 – 8pm upstairs at Further North
Next General Meeting: Mon Nov 27 9.30am – Note new venue:  The Aruim café

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Leeds Food Assembly’s nearly there..

Facebook-opening2There are at the minute 116 people signed up. The target is minimum 150-200 members to be able to prep/ plan the launch, so another 50 people will reach the bar, though the team are confident of reaching around 300. This can ensure a decent footfall and online orders within the first weeks/ months.

Leeds Food Assembly

In a nutshell

The Assembly is a weekly meet up between local food producers and local residents. Members pick up the food they’ve purchased on the website and chat/ spend some time with their neighbors, producers and the host. The goal of the Assembly is essentially to educate the locals on healthy food, knowing what they are eating and where it comes from, buying from and supporting the local producers and of course, doing something about climate change (not buying food coming over from abroad, supporting sustainable agriculture, reducing food waste…).

The Venue

Run by Dan Palmer,

The Grub & Grog at Sheaf St. Cafeteria

Address → 3 Sheaf Street, LS10 1HD, Leeds

Continue reading “Leeds Food Assembly’s nearly there..”

Growing Edibles and Farm Design

We have a couple of events coming up that we thought you might be interested in finding out about (click on the headings below to sign up) :

Growing Better Edibles

A 6-week course commencing Thursday 9th November

 Community Farm Design Session

Saturday 11th November 1pm-4pm

Both of these are being held at West Leeds Activity Centre, and we hope you can join us there and get involved in both learning and doing!

We’re always keen to hear from you, so if you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can grow better – please let us know !

Please feel  free to forward this message to anyone you know who may be interested. 

The Growing Better Team

Funding for Environmental Projects

Funding for Environmental Projects (England, Scotland & Wales)

03 August 2017

Schools and local community groups can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation for projects to improve the local environment.

The Environmental Grant Scheme is funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops. Through the scheme funding is available to purchase equipment; sessional salary costs; purchase of trees/plants; small capital items; and learning activities.

The type of activities that could be funded include for example a growing project in a local primary school; a group of volunteers who completed litter picking exercises in their local parks or along a local riverbank; an allotment project for people suffering early stages of dementia; and clearing an area of wasteland in an area of high social need to create a community garden; etc.

The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops. The closing date for applications is the 24th November 2017.

Find out more

Growing in Parks

Interesting letter from Brighton with some useful ideas for Leeds, perhaps:

We have developed a procedure for projects growing in parks with Brighton & Hove City Council.  They are primarily interested in whether the group has the capacity to keep the project maintained for the long-term and if it is for the benefit of the local community.  As the funding for parks have been reduced so dramatically usually they are keen to see park gardens being maintained by volunteers as it can have other benefits too; they keep an eye on the area, undertake litter-picking and anti-social behaviour is reduced as more people are using the space.

We usually help any interested groups undertake a community consultation and help them write a project proposal which they give to the Council for approval.  This process tends to weed out any groups that aren’t going to be around for the long-term.  I’ve attached a few documents:

The agreed procedure for new gardens in public spaces is what we give to interested individuals, the BHCC draft checklist is for the Council’s own use and then if the consultation has been successful we help them to complete a community agreement.

We are running two demonstration gardens in parks.  The first is at Preston Park http://bhfood.org.uk/preston-park-demo-garden which has been going for 7 years now with regular volunteers, this has raised beds in a low fenced area, a mixture of perennial and annual plants and a weekly group of volunteers and vulnerable adults who are supported by a paid member of staff who goes every 2 weeks.   The second is now being developed at Saunders Park http://bhfood.org.uk/saunders-park-edible-garden where we are putting in a more perennial less time-consuming garden; which currently has workshops twice a month with the community.

We’ve helped set up Wish Park Community Garden http://bhfood.org.uk/wish-park-community-garden and a permaculture garden at Dyke road park http://bhfood.org.uk/dyke-road-park-community-garden .  A new garden is starting in Norfolk Square park.  Some of the parks have planted community orchards with the help of Brighton Permaculture Trust https://brightonpermaculture.org.uk/orchards/communityorchards

Vandalism isn’t anything like as much of a problem as people think it might be.  The odd leek has been stolen, one garden had someone cutting the plants in two for a few months and then it stopped, someone dug up and pinched a tree.  You need to make sure you have a strong group or organisation as you really don’t want the park looking tatty if beds aren’t weeded/watered etc. Although the right design will help this issue if you need it to be less time-consuming.

Many thanks to Helen Starr-Keddle, Development Officer, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership)

Community Orchard and Edible Bed

There is already some growing in Leeds parks – like Allerton Grange Fields, Beckett Pocket Beds, and the council’s own ornamental veg beds. We plainly need to do more!

News and Potting Shed blogs merged

Now that non-growing discussion has moved to the Leeds Food Partnership, we no longer need three blogs on this site. So the Think Tank blog has become the LFP blog, and the Potting Shed blog has been merged with this, the main Feed Leeds blog and the Potting Shed page has been retired. Instead, we have set up a Facebook Group, which we hope will be widely used by anyone interested in growing food and related activities.

Hollin Lane Allotments autumn show

Hollin Lane Allotments are having their annual autumn show on Sunday 10 September, starting at 11:00.  Members celebrate the year’s hard work and harvest, with the most beautiful (and oddest) produce competing for prizes.  Open to everyone.  Delicious home made eats, books and useful garden stuff for sale, a Bring-Your-Own BBQ, lots of happy folk around. Find us on the Meanwood Valley Trail, near Hollin Drive LS16 5NE.