Feed Leeds Minutes Sept (Further North)
Working with Feed Leeds, the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust is talking to the Council about taking a lease on the 6 hectares of agricultural land at Burley Mills. We would like to establish a community supported agricultural (CSA) business + growing projects that work with schools and local residents, to sit alongside the remaining allotment holders.
We are keen to hear from anyone interested in driving the initiative, becoming a member or simply ordering veg from the scheme. We will be holding a public meeting in early autumn, but in the meantime please email your interest.
KVDT have their AGM on 6th of Sept. A good time to say hello and talk about the Farm, and the other things KVDT are doing.
Read more about the project here
Short and sweet this month:
Our minutes are getting more like (good) newsletters every month!
Sonja, Sarah-Jane and Becky (with moral support from Tom) ran a series of demos and tastings today by the LIFF ‘Indoor Allotment’ in the Food Hall; on flavoured teas and waters, how to dress a salad, and seed sowing into paper pots. We created a recipe leaflet with info on Feed leeds and partners Season Well, Leeds Food Partnership – as part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival.
This was not quite as well-attended as we’d hoped, due to some family occasion in Windsor, but the display was most impressive, with hot flasks and pots of nettle, mint and lemon balm teas, strawberry/blueberry, mint/cucumber and ginger/rhubarb waters, seed-pot-making with newspapers and formers, salads tossing with edible flowers and more – and we met dozens of Leeds folks who sipped and tasted, told us about their growing successes, failures and ambitions – and some we were able to suggest community projects or allotment sites they could approach to help them get started on growing and making lovely fresh healthy food at home.
A very worthwhile exercise and one we aim to repeat often!