We had a great time at the fresh produce swap and share stall at the Pumpkin Festival Farmer’s Market. Thanks a lot to Dave for the giant pumpkin and other vegetables and to all other growers who shared (and swapped) their produce! We not only managed to give the full pumpkin bit by bit, but we also had fun giving it a funny face.
We had a wonderful day at Daily Bread’s 25th Birthday, swapping and giving vegetables. Many great stalls and the sun was even here most of the day!
Thanks a lot to everyone who was involved and gave food surplus from their gardens and allotments. It’s was so encouraging to see many people being enthousiastic about giving and sharing food, and about all Transition projects.
We also managed to give the giant pumpkin, piece by piece 🙂
We had so much fun at Kettle’s Yard Open House Gathering at North Cambridge Academy! There were many people, despite the rain, with whom we had great discussions about what we do at Growing Spaces 🙂
Our next event will be the Fresh Produce Swap and Share on 30th September at Daily Bread. We hope to see many of you for this special day!
We had a wonderful sunny time for our second gardening club at 37 Lawrence Way!
We filled another raised beds in which we planted beans and sowed kale and onion. It was also so nice to see how what we planted last time had grown so beautifully.
Thanks to everyone for this great moment! Our next gardening club is on Saturday 2nd September at 11am. Save the date!
We created a new edible garden at the North Cambridge Community Partnership to help them relaunch their gardening club.
Several giant raised beds were waiting for soil and plants to make this garden flourishing and inspire future gardeners. We had many families joining this wonderful event and they all enjoyed filling the raised beds in a permaculture way, plant many herbs and vegetable, saw seeds and even harvest onions!
The next gardening club is Saturday 12 August at 11am. Keep the date!
This garden looks so great, I’m sure we will all enjoy resting under the tree at our next gardening club session 🙂
Growing Spaces Meeting Agenda Minutes
– We are organising a tour of the spaces at the north of Cambridge (north of the river). The idea is to see our growing spaces together and decide what we can do for them this year (add signs, contact neighbors, plant more things…). We will start with a visit of the north spaces on the weekends of the 6th or 13th May. Please, could you fill in this doodle to let us know what dates are best for you? https://beta.doodle.com/poll/fs85tdsidic58p7h#table
Following the journey bellow we will see these growing spaces (in order):
1- The hidden castle garden
2- Castle Raised beds (potential futur space)
3- Victoria Road throughway (potential futur space
4- Harris Road Raised Beds (potential futur space)
5- The Edible Roundabout
6- 37 Lawrence Way Raised beds
7- Armitage Way Raised beds
8- Daily Bread Raised beds
– We will organise a schedule of the gardening events happening this season to see all spaces this year (one space every 2 weeks). More to come soon!
– News on the Art project at our Daily Bread Space: The art project is close to the end! You can find the story of this wonderful project here!
– Rosie applied on behalf of growing spaces to an offer of a Grow Wild kit for community groups and it just came through! The kit consists of an oyster mushroom growing kit and two boxes of various kinds of wild flower seeds. There is a poster in each box with lots of colorful info and stickers. It seems like a wonderful package, which would be great to use with a bunch of kids. If you know any school or community group with kids that would do many great things with this, please let us know!
– From the Transition Cambridge hub meeting:
Earth Optimism day in Cambridge is happening on 22nd April. TC will have a stall. You can find more information about this event here.
We had a really nice Growing Spaces meeting on Tuesday 17th January at Anglia Ruskin University with a few new faces 🙂
We first introduced each other and had a very interesting discussion about what is Growing Spaces and how to develop new spaces and make the existing ones flourish.
Here are the main points we discussed:
- Growing Spaces will have a stall at Trumpington Seedy Sunday on 5th February (13h30 – 16h). You can get more information about Seedy Sunday here. If you have time, please come help out for half an hour! It’s very low key: Study our map, learn and have discussions on what Growing Spaces is all about, meet and great and be a part! Here’s a doodle poll: http://doodle.com/poll/we5q8ahy9ury2wp4
- We will organise tours of our existing and potential spaces for you to discover them (if you don’t know them), but also to discuss what we can do for each space this year and to add signs. It will probably be one tour for the north of the city and another one for the south (in February or March). If you are interested in helping organising, please contact us. More information to come soon!
- We need carers and gardeners to adopt some of our spaces as some of us left Cambridge! If you think you will have time to adopt a growing space this year, please have a look at our map. Perhaps there is one close to you, just waiting for you! We will give more specific information about the needs of each growing space in the future.
Hoping to see many growing spaces project coming true this year!
We are running art workshops at the Grove primary school with Hilary Cox and Jayne Ruffell Ward to create art works for the raised beds at our Daily Bread Space.
As you can see from the photos below, the kids are enjoying themselves and producing so wonderful artworks! They even went to visit the space and had the chance to smell sage, rosemary or scented geranium 🙂
At our Daily Bread Space:
Artworks inspired by our garden:
These inspiring art workshops and artworks would not be possible without the grant we got from the Cambridge City Council. Thanks a lot!
We joined the gardening club at 37 Lawrence Way and helped to set up the planters in their front garden. Thank you to them for this great day and to the YMCA woodwork group for making the planters. The Kings Hedges community will soon have fruits and vegetables growing at 37 for everyone to enjoy!