Kirkstall Island Farm – first moves

KIF Logos2Working 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

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KVDT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Elections to the Board will take place. Three Board members are seeking re-election. Anyone else wishing to stand should contact Chris Hill by replying to this email.

We have two speakers that should be of interest:

Pete McGurn, Chief Exec of the Goodwin Trust in Hull, will speak about how they have made a major impact on the lives of their community.

Rajan Gupta is a local developer who is keen to partner with the Trust and develop extra care housing in Abbey Mills. He will explain his ideas and take questions.

7-30pm, Thursday 6th Sept. Milford Sports Club, Beecroft St, Leeds LS5 3AS

All members and supporters welcome

Workshops and Demos at Kirkgate Market

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.

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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!