January #News #GrowingLocal

January 22, 2016

Happy New Year folks (I know, I know, I know it’s a tad late). Christmas was for once a fabulously relaxing time around here, albeit now a mere distant memory. A glorious two weeks of time off with family and friends and ample quality days in and out with The Monsters. And lie ins too. Bliss. January is a dry one in this household, my first ever. Anyone else doing it? Good for my health I’m sure, but the fact most of it’s been spent with a stinking cold has dwindled the enthusiasm somewhat.

Best coloured logoAs ever a good deal has happened since my last blogging action, which quite frankly was embarrassingly long ago. First and foremost I have some really exciting news to share with you, I’m becoming a director of Growing Local, a Hereford based Community Interest Company. Growing Local not only supply top quality, largely organic, fruit and veg bags to the people of Hereford and surrounding areas. All supplied by Herefordshire small producers.  But they deliver land based educational courses across the county too. Chiefly to primary school children, but older children and adults too.

 

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Which is where I come in!. I shall be taking over their educational commitments as of Easter which is quite possibly my dream job. I’l be mainly taking school groups at their veggie plot at Court Farm in Tillington for African Garden workshops or allotment based veggie sessions. And as of next year farming and lambing workshops out in Dulas towards the Black Mountains. We’re also in the process of applying for grant funding to extend the Growing Local offering to include harvesting and cookery sessions. Dream job, most definitely! And we now have a brand new indoor space to do some of this from, by way of a (soon to be converted) shipping container donated to us.

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The GL educational plot at Court Farm, Tillington in fully summer bloom

 

A typical Autumn 'large' fruit & veg bag

A typical Autumn ‘large’ fruit & veg bag

I’ll also be working a little on the sales and promotion side, not only helping with packing and veg bag deliveries on Thursdays but attending various local events promoting GL. The first of which will be Seed Swap at The Courtyard Theatre on Saturday 6th Feb. And a brand new website is in the pipeline too!  All such very exciting news and I so can’t wait to get properly cracking.

Fressh_Logo_05I’m also planning on getting my Fressh stall up and running again once the warmer weather returns, and shall of course be using only glorious Growing Local veggies as before. More on the stall in a blog very soon though. In other news my after school clubs are back in full swing, three a week until Easter (all using GL fruit & veggies too!) and I promise a bloggie update on their progress soon too.

More news on all of this very soon folks. But for now if you’re interested in being supplied by the most glorious produce that Herefordshire has to offer and live locally, they do give me a bell or email and I can happily arrange, louisa@growinglocal.org.uk. And please support Growing Local on Twitter @GrowingLocalHQ, Instagram @growing_local_hq or Facebook Growing Local is Going Local CIC!

Muchos Veggie Love

Louisa x

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