Growing Communities – local food workshops

Kirklees Environment Partnership are hosting an all day event called ‘Growing Communities’ on Saturday 18th February 2012. This day of free local food workshops and activities is organised in partnership with Stirley Community Farm, Growing Newsome and Information by Design.

In the morning there will be a series of workshops to inform, inspire and illustrate to you the ways that Newsome residents are growing. Together we have created a range of successful food growing projects, sites, events and education facilities. Our activities over the past two years have enabled local people to grow their own food, created volunteering opportunities, given people new skills and confidence, and helped to build new and stronger relationships.

Community allotment - photo by Carolyn Hassan, Knowle West Media Centre

The workshops will illustrate 3 themes:

Growing Together:
Growing Newsome Co-ordinator, Diane Sims, will inspire you with the ways that Newsome residents are helping each other to grow and share their own food. Find out how Timebanking helps us to value what each person can offer. Hear about our growing community and the ways we help people to get involved, including our community allotment, our use of technology, and our accidental jam factory.

Growing Spaces:
An interactive mapping exercise for people of all ages that looks at how landscape, biodiversity and food supplies have been adversely affected through time and the possibilities for us to reverse that process into the future. Run by Kim Warren, Stirley Farm’s Food Education Officer, this workshop can be adapted for your own food growing projects.

Growing Information:
Information by Design (IbyD) is a leading provider of research and evaluation services. Their workshop will show you how to gather research to provide you with high-quality, actionable findings. This type of consultation has proved to be invaluable in our successful bids for funding here in Newsome.

After a home grown lunch of seasonal food, we will visit Stirley Community Farm in the afternoon.

At Stirley Community Farm we will tour some of the site, find out about the new education centre, meet the new herd of Beef Shorthorn Cattle and see the impressive fruit and vegetable training garden. Find out how this Kirklees-owned 250 acre site will become a sustainable business supplying local people with beef and restoring the landscape to conservation grade meadows. The afternoon will also provide the opportunity to make bookings for groups to visit the farm in the future.

This day will be useful to anybody who is involved in education and training, policy making, or community and voluntary organisations with the theme of local food.

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