Gardening at the Library of Birmingham

Library of BirminghamToday is the first Thursday in 6 weeks without our lovely Library of Birmingham volunteers. It is a sad day but also a proud one as hopefully they are all enjoying themselves in their new garden on the 3rd floor terrace of the new library building.

Of the hundreds of volunteers who put themselves forward only a handful were lucky enough to be chosen to work on the gardens. The volunteers who got through were then trained in basic gardening techniques at Urban Veg with help from the Winterbourne gardeners.

Volunteers came from a wide range of backgrounds and had varying gardening abilities but they shared one thing in common; they all had a passion to bring nature and food growing to the terraces.

The volunteers split themselves into two groups for training, one for the morning and one for afternoon. Now they tend to the garden in small groups or on their own during the week.

After getting to know the volunteers we feel that the plants at the new library couldn’t be in better hands and we hope that their time at Urban Veg will help them through the next season and beyond.

GOOD LUCK VOLUNTEERS!

If you or your group would like bespoke training at Urban Veg please get in touch…

urbanveg@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call 0121 414 3003 (option 4)

Morning group volunteers

Morning Group Graduates

Afternoon Group Graduates

Afternoon Group Graduates

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Community Food Festival, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

 15th September 2013 from 10-6.30 FREE ENTRY

A celebration of everything edible from the West Midlands (WM) including a horticultural show so you can show off your amazing fruit and veg, a community hub so you can touch base with the amazing projects from the area AND OF COURSE delicious food to buy and eat from WM producers.

The day is set to be a cracker, with so much to see and do it promises to entertain the whole family and fill them full of beautiful food!

community_food_festival_09_13LOCAL FOOD PRODUCERS, SUPPLIERS AND GROWERS
Buy fresh produce, jams, chutney, honey and more from the West Midlands

STREET FOOD MARKET
Ready to eat and buy food to fill your bellies and imagination!

COMMUNITY HUB
Urban Veg and many other community groups will be there to tell you what’s happening in Birmingham.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW
Come and show off your prized veggies (set up 8-1030)

Horticultural Show Entries and Information

If you would like to be part of the show as a producer, community group, food vendor and more visit the Birmingham Botanical pages for more information and registration

If you wish to have further information, please contact Chris Blythe

URBAN HARVEST

Urban Veg is really excited to be working with Northfield Ecocentre, Martineau Gardens and Growing Birmingham to get the Urban Harvest project up and running again this year.

The aim is to help harvest fruit (mainly apples this year) from all over Birmingham and beyond which would normally go to waste. Choice, named varieties will be donated and sold back to the people of Birmingham. In future years there’s a hope to juice the apples but there’s a need to find a cheap juicing and pasteurising method (get in touch if you know!).

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To get the ball rolling (or should that be apple bobbing?) there’s a bit of crowd funding to be done and THEN at harvest time there will be equipment and a coordinator to make the harvest efficient, fun and productive. Any profits will be plunged back into the project for next year.

If you want to HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN please have a look at donating, following the project on twitter and join the facebook group. Signing up will mean you are kept informed of developments, calls for apple trees, picking days, events and lots more.

There are rewards for donations including Urban Veg  discounts and free places on our MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE JUICE AND CIDER course on the 27th October (Places still available even if you don’t donate, please see course list for details and cost).

This is a great project which is truly collaborative and community-oriented. To make it happen we need lots of people to help so please, share links, and publish widely!

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