Stirley Farm Food Festival – 4th September 2016

Stirley Food Festival 2016

Stirley Farm Food Festival
Sunday 4th September 2016
11am to 7pm

Join us for this very popular annual food festival. It’s a day of food, fun and celebration on our local wildlife-friendly farm.

There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by local volunteers and friends.

 

Stalls and activities on the day include:

jam stall

  • Local food and crafts
  • Beer and cider tent
  • Cocktails and live music
  • Stalls from local producers
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Crafts local to the area
  • Fun activities for children
  • Music and beer in the marquee until 7pm

The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.

Stirley Food Festival 2016 poster (PDF)

Cows in a field on a sunny day

Venue location

Stirley Community Farm
off Hall Bower Lane
Berry Brow
Huddersfield
HD4 6RP

Grid reference
SE147136


Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


 

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Big Plant Swap – Saturday 21st May 2016

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 21st May 2016
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all weclome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

 

Lots more to enjoy…

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s activities – crafts and seed planting.

Compost Special – come and find out all about home composting.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Good quality enviromesh on sale to protect your plants.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Tool amnesty – share any unwanted garden tools that you have.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.


plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2016 (PDF)


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.


You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2015 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together at the Growing Newsome community allotment, at Stirley Farm, and in lots of other places across our community. This year the Growing Newsome elves were finalists in the National Lottery Awards – a huge achievement for a small local group – and Stirley Farm appeared on BBC Countryfile. We have much to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us since the beginning, to everyone who has participated along the way, and those of you who may be our food growers of the future. Enjoy.

Oh, and we can’t look back on 2015 without saying farewell and thank you to our Toby. He even did the washing up before leaving :’-(
 

 
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Press the arrows to scroll through the pictures

 

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Christmas Craft Market – 28th November 2015

Christmas jam stall

Berry Brow Christmas Craft Market
Saturday 28th November 2015
From 10am to 2pm

Newsome South Methodist Church, Birch Road, Berry Brow HD4 7LP

Looking for some homegrown gifts for Christmas? Come along to our stall at the Christmas Craft Market in Berry Brow to choose from 20 different types of preserve, all made with fruit or vegetables grown in Newsome. Our seasonal treats include Christmas gift boxes, plus lots of individual jams, fruit jellies, pickles and chutney. We’ll also have some little stocking fillers and a selection of good quality books from our friends at the Reading Circle.

The craft market features many stalls with handmade or unique gifts. Stalls include: jewellery, confectionery, children’s gifts, books, handmade cards and gifts for pets. Refreshments are available.

There’s a small entry fee, in support of Berry Brow Carnival.

We hope to see you there.

Christmas Craft Market 2015 (pdf)

 

Growing Newsome 2015 preserves for sale

jam stallWe have a selection of preserves available now, all freshly made this Summer and Autumn from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome…

Jam

Apple & Blackberry jam, Blackcurrant jam, Strawberry jam, Strawberry & Lime jam, Gooseberry & Elderflower jam, Cinnamon & Raisin Apple conserve, Rhubarb & Ginger jam, Blackberry & Apple jam.

Jelly

Apple & Blackberry jelly, Blackcurrant jelly, Redcurrant jelly, Mixed Currant jelly, Hedgerow jelly, Bramble jelly.

Chutney and pickles

Apple Chutney, Beetroot & Elderberry chutney, Sweet Pickled Beetroot.

Prices
Our preserves are £2.40 (1Ib jar) or £2.20 (12oz jar).
Our chutney is £3 per 1lb jar.
Gift boxes from £4.

We also have some of our produce available in 8oz jars for £1.80 each.


This year’s specials
Gift boxes available – any two 8 oz jars boxed with gift tag and ribbon. Choose from:

  • Strawberry, Loganberry and Lime jam
  • Red Gooseberry and Elderflower jam
  • Redcurrant, Mixed Currant or Blackcurrant jelly
  • Apple chutney
  • Cinnamon and Raisin Apple conserve

A bit of fun for the Corrie fans… 8oz jars of “Rovers Redcurrant jelly” – made with redcurrants picked by Simon Gregson (Steve from Coronation Street).


Delivery or collection

You can pick up your preserves from us in Newsome or in Huddersfield Town Centre – or we may be able to drop them off for you if you’re nearby. Please email growingnewsome@gmail.com to make an order.

or visit our stall


Stirley Farm Food Festival – Saturday 19th September 2015

Stall at Stirley Farm open day
Stirley Farm Food Festival 

Saturday 19th September 2015
11am to 7pm

Join us for this very popular annual food festival. There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall in the Cr8 Barn, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by our fabulous volunteers and friends.

Stalls and activities on the day include:

  • Local food producers
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Stirley Beef Barbeque and salad bar
  • ‘Offally Good Grub’ stall where you can sample the more exotic cuts of beef
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Fun activities for children
  • Barbeque, music and beer in the marquee until 7pm

The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.

 

Directions to Stirley Farm

The Stirley Farm Food Festival will be in and around the farmyard, near the junction of Lady House Lane and Hall Bower Lane.

By Car:
There are no car parking facilities on site so we would recommend visitors wishing to drive to the event park at Castle Hill and walk down to the event. Follow signs to the event on the day.

By Public Transport:
The nearest train station is Berry Brow. The farm is a 10 minute walk from the station via public footpath. Follow signs to the event on the day.
Plan your journey

By Foot:
Stirley Farm is accessible via public footpaths by a number of routes. Signs will be in place on the day to direct visitors to the event.

Planet Festival – Saturday 5th September 2015

Planet Festival

Planet Festival
Saturday 5th September 2015
From 1pm to 4pm
In Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Come and support the Planet Festival in Greenhead Park. Huddersfield Friends of the Earth have organised a fun-packed afternoon with lots to see, hear, learn and enjoy. There will be over 20 stalls, including Growing Newsome, plus music, short films, dance, children’s activities and a speakers corner. Have a look at the Planet Festival Programme (PDF) for more details.

Visit our Growing Newsome stall:

  • Find out how to get involved with community food growing in Newsome
  • Pick up tips on eco-friendly food growing
  • Choose from our freshly made seasonal preserves – all home grown and home made, with fruit and vegetables donated by our volunteers and friends
  • Hear about our volunteering opportunities

Planet Festival mapYou’ll find us in the field below the model railway from 1pm to 4pm.

Also look out for opportunities to support climate campaigns through petitions and local activism.

Check out the Planet Festival Programme (PDF) for details of where to find all the activities on the day.

 

Here’s why Huddersfield Friends of the Earth have organised this fantastic festival:

Now more than ever we need to stand up for the climate. For nearly 30 years we have been told we have to decrease carbon emissions to limit global temperature increases to under 20C. This has not happened and we are now on track to global temperature increases of 40C + by the end of the century, causing more and more extreme weather events such as flooding, storms, sea level rise, droughts, food shortages.

Find out more on the Huddersfield Friends of the Earth blog

 

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