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Big Thank you to Community Foodie and Waitrose for help at the Garden

Despite the weather we sprung into action this week to spruce up the community edible garden.

Thanks to the support of the Community Foodie project and Waitrose we were able to make some really good progress to maintain the garden and help it move forward.

Firstly with the support of Community Foodie, a project run by Creative Rural Communities we were able to access hands on support as well as landscaping materials. see www.communityfoodie.org for further details.

We were also really grateful to have the support of volunteers from Waitrose. Chris, Nicole and Julie who turned out despite the rain and got stuck in. for further details on the volunteer scheme  www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/community_matters/about_community_matters.

So going forward we plan to have regular monthly work days on at the garden and this will include planting more perinatal fruits, vegetables and edible/medicinal herbs. We also plan to repair and expand the willow structures on the site.

We really enjoy getting our hands dirty in the garden, testing our planting and permaculture knowledge and meeting new and old friends.

If you would like to find out more about the garden and volunteer at our next work day please contact Rob or Michaela at transitioncowbridge@gmail.com

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Transition at the Cowbridge Food Fringe Festival

The Cowbridge Food Festival is back and this time it has a Fringe! We will be there supporting this great local event organised by HubCowbridge  http://www.hubcowbridge.com/2012/10/hubcowbridge-and-sustainable-wales-provide-the-fringeat-the-cowbridge-food-and-drink-festival-278th-oct-2012/

 

 

Transition Cowbridge is really looking forward to supporting the Cowbridge Food Fringe Fest this weekend. As well as getting involed with all the fun and games we will also be working on our edible landscape and co hosting a workshop on Sunday.
Workshop: How to Develop your own Edible Landscape”. Sun 28th October 1pm -3pm …
The key focus of the workshop;
Initial steps to turn your community growing vision into reality
Intro into permaculture design
Which plants to choose for your community plot
Practical advice on planting and maintaining your plot
Feel free to stay afterwards to continue planting and working on the plot. Things to bring: Waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear, hand tools, buckets and gardening gloves (if you have them).

First Green Drinks of 2012!!

Green Drinks: Tuesday, 24th January at 7.30pm in the Bear Hotel, Cowbridge

Apart from the usual fun chats, we’ll be focussing discussions on starting a local currency, skill sharing and Timebanking, as well as updating on the fracking campaign and the Old Hall Grounds project.

Transition Cowbridge supports launch of local veg box scheme!

Transition Cowbridge is very excited to be able to announce the launch of a veg box scheme that will be using locally grown organic produce.Riverside Market Garden (www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk) is a community owned social enterprises that has been producing fresh veg in on the outskirts of Cowbridge (St Hilary) for over a year.Currently the majority of their veggie boxes go to the Riverside Farmers Market in Cardiff however they are keen to offer their produce to the local area of Cowbridge and the surrounding area.

Transition Cowbridge is 100% in support of this as its a great opportunity to not only support a local community owned enterprise but also increase local resilience through the increased supply of healthy local produce.

As it stands the plan is to deliver the boxes to the Little Shop of Calm (opposite Natwest Bank) on a weekly basis and people can order them weekly or bi monthly.

Transition Cowbridge is also a keen supporter of the Cowbridge Farmers Market and the veg sold by John and Yvonne (Pencoed Growers) and Annie (Blaencamel Organic Vegetables. For further details on dates and info for the up coming market please see http://www.valefarmersmarket.co.uk/

TO PLACE YOU ORDER:
Please see http://www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk/buy.htm for specific details on how to sign up for a veg boxes as well as details on their community share scheme (Currently it does not mention Cowbridge on this page but same contact details apply).

And finally please circulate this to any other keen veggie munchers that you know in the local area.

All the best.

Rob

Transition Cowbridge.

Transition jumps for joy in recieving funds to help develop community edible garden!

If you have not visited our community edible garden then now is the perfect time. Thanks to the support of Ian Harvey and Tidy Towns we have just revcieved a grant of £300 to help develop the garden.

So with phase one complete and the money in place we can now move onto phase two i.e the fun stuff. We now plan to buy plants and willow to fill the garden with lots of tasty perenials inc herbs, veg and fruit. We also plan to host a willow workshop which will focus on making some great living willow structures around our seating area.

Thanks to all those that have supported us so far in helping to make a start to what we hope will be a great example of a trully sustainable edible garden for all to learn from, and of course feast on.

So don your wellies, grab your gardening gloves and maybe some homemade cake and join us on our next volunteer action day!

Our next volunteer action day will be on Sunday the 20th of November and more details will follow on the specifics of the day.

Transition and Fairtrade come together for fund raising Ceiligh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Trade and Transition Cowbridge would like to invite you all for a night of fun, dancing and fund raising.

Led by the Thingumijigs Ceilidh Band

Saturday 22nd October
Tickets only £5 (£2 for children) available from Davies Newsagents and The Little Shop of Calm (or on the door, subject to availability)

Please come along and help to support the BOTAWA charity! Offering direct help to and from schools to grow food for their communities in Africa anc Wales.

All welcome for Transitions next growing day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transition have had some great support so far in developing the edible garden in the Cowbridge Old Hall grounds. Our next action day is on Sunday 30th of October from 10.30 am.

All of the ground work has been done and now the really fun stuff can begin. We plan to spend the day planting and bringing to life some of the design spaces. Including building some raised beds. Grant application permitting we may also be holding a willow design workshop which will include living willow strutures for the seating area and a willow pathway.

What to bring:

waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear
hand tools, buckets and gardening gloves (if you have them)
packed lunch and most importantly – flasks of tea and water
cookies or cakes to share will also surely be most welcomed

When: Sunday, 30th  September; from 10.30am till we get tired

Where: Old Town Hall Grounds in Cowbridge (please call if you need directions)

Who: everyone is invited, bring along your friends & family members

We’re looking forward to this great opportunity to come together, share and learn some skills – and be active.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Green Drinks on Tuesday. All Welcome!

 

GREEN DRINKS 2011 ARE HERE!   

 

Bear Hotel, Cowbridge

 4th October 2011

7.30pm start

The Green Drinks is an open and informal gathering which

offers all members of the community a chance

to get together and discuss a wide range of issues.

It is a good way for active members of the community as well as Transition Town groups to network and develop their ideas further and put them into action.

So whether you have thoughts and ideas regarding local scale sustainability or issues relating to the wider environment come along and discuss with like-minded people.

Look forward to seeing you there!

transitioncowbridge@googlemail.com  or call Rob on 07712196150

Volunteers needed to help develop edible landscape

Three members of Transition Cowbridge have been given a chance to utilise their permaculture design skills and transform a baron area of land in the Cowbridge Old Hall grounds. However, they can’t do it by themselves, and besides its more fun in a group.:-)

We made a great start on the first work day and we are looking for further volunteers to join us on our next Work Day which will be on Sunday 4th September from 10.30 am. The plot will be mulched and a wood chip path created with a log seating area. Suitable activity for children.

Things to bring: waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear, hand tools, buckets and gardening gloves (if you have them), packed lunch and most importantly – flasks of tea and water, cookies or cakes to share will also be most welcomed. 

 For further details please ring Rob or Michaela on 07712196150.

Community growing comes to Cowbridge

Hot off the press!

Transition Cowbridge and Y Bont Faen Primary have come together to offer the local community a chance to get those wellies and gloves on and get growing.

This is a great opportunity to get your hands on some much sought after growing space, enjoy the great outdoors, learn some new skills and meet new people within the community.

We are currently at the development stages but are inviting all those who are keen to register their interest at: http://www.ybontfaen.com/Y_Bont_Faen/Home.html
and click on the video on the title page.

And don’t worry if you’re not greenfingered -we plan to offer veg growing workshops for all those keen but not yet green!