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



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!