Friday, 23rd September 2016
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Hull Harvest Feastival – Sat 1st October

The 2016 Hull Harvest Feastival is fast approaching and we now have a venue: Princes Dock Street (opposite Princes Quay)!

The line up is being finalised, and we are pleased to announce that once again the Tenfoot Ukes will be playing! There’ll be all manner of local food and home-grown produce related competitions and activities: Best jam / chutney / cake competitions, strangest shaped vegetable. Also apple pressing with the team from Pickering Road Community Orchard (bring your own apples and a sterilised bottle), face painting, seed sowing in your used paper bowls and much more besides. We’ve also heard that someone in Hull has grown an enormous marrow whose weight can be guessed to win a prize!

See the posters or website for more info www.hullharvestfeastival.org.uk

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Thursday, 15th September 2016
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Hull Harvest Feastival 2016

The Hull Harvest Feastival is back! Last year, thanks to the generosity of the people of Hull – gardeners, allotment holders and community gardeners – we fed 500+ members of the public in the city centre for free in our celebration of the abundance of the harvest!

Can you help this year? Pledge some veg, fruit or ingredients (listed below) and contact us to find out other ways to get involved.

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We are also looking for donations of:  Sunflower cooking oil, plain & self-raising flour, chapati flour, eggs, basmati rice, red lentils, tinned chick peas, chopped tomatoes.  (Check online for updates)

www.hullharvestfeastival.org.uk

St. Mary’s Church, Lowgate, HU1 1EJ are accepting donations at these dates/times:

Tuesday 20th       11.00-14.00
Friday 23rd           11.00-14.00 *
Sunday 25th         12.30-15.00
Tuesday 27th       11.00-14.00
Friday 30th           11.00-14.00 *

*During Friday’s church service 12.30-13.00 you can still drop off veg but please be as quiet as possible.

Wednesday, 7th September 2016
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Interactive Map

Come and view our new Growers’ Network map. Where is your nearest community food project? Do you have information that you’d like to us share on the map? Any non-commercial organisation involved in producing, preparing or distributing food for social benefit can be added: community gardens, allotments, CSA farms. Contact us at hello@growersnetwork.org.uk to ask about being added to the map.

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www.growersnetwork.org.uk/map

Friday, 2nd September 2016
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MAN Summit – Workshops and programme

There is still time to register for the Mutual Aid Network Summit starting tomorrow 5th September. There will be 6 days of workshops and activities which offer practical introductions to the tools and mechanisms of exchange brought together within the Mutual Aid Network. 

If the Mutual Aid Network concept seems a bit abstract at this point, this is what the summit is about! Coming together, learning more about it and the international pilot sites involved (including Hull), sharing knowledge, having time to think and talk about applications in our communities and starting the visioning and practical steps to work towards this. Basically the MAN is about reducing our reliance on money and building a collaborative ‘parallel’ economy to enable us to share skills, resources and goods in a way which is easy to navigate and broadens opportunities for collaboration beyond our immediate circles and networks. Which of course is what the Growers’ Network itself is all about! 

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Click here to see and download the programme 
Click here to see and download the workshop descriptions (also set out below) 
Click here to register (this helps with planning food)

Please note the links to programme and workshops are google docs which will be continually updated so keep checking back for any changes. If you have questions call or text Kate on 07545 696007.

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The MAN European Summit promises to be a really exciting week. Register here: http://bit.ly/2bYC3aJ  We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,
The Growers’ Network Team

Friday, 2nd September 2016
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Skill share#3

After a short summer break, the next skill share in our series will be at the Down-to-Earth Herb Garden on Salmon Grove, HU6 7SX (next to the University of Hull). It’s taking place on Thursday 8th September 12 noon – 5pm. Drop in at any time! Come how the garden is developing and see preparations for building raised beds from railways sleepers. The herb garden is going to be a place in the city for growing medicinal herbs and learning about traditional herbal medicine. See image for location and more details. www.growersnetwork.org.uk

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Wednesday, 29th June 2016
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Now recruiting – Let’s create abundance together!

recruitThe Growers’ Network is aiming to build a dynamic economy around local food in Hull. We are linking professional growers, allotment holders, home gardeners, community gardens, schools and colleges that are involved in growing food across Hull and East Yorkshire. By joining together as a network of we can help each other through sharing skills, tools, labour, plants and have lots of fun! The Network will also be helping to coordinate the second Hull Harvest Feastival this October. At this event chefs, community groups, TimeBankers and volunteers will join together again to produce a delicious feast in Hull City centre made with donated, locally grown produce.

We have a number of roles for volunteers to join our team. For Timebank members, there will be an option of getting paid in TimeBank credits for all time spent working on the network. These roles are described below:

Social media promotion

Do you have social media expertise? We are looking for someone to help promote the Growers’ Network and community growing projects on the social media. This role would be approximately 2 hours per week, spent posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Network promotion

We looking for a number of people who would like to spend time out and about promoting the Growers’ Network and the Harvest Feastival. This role will involve contacting and visiting primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and community groups across the city. Training and information will be given for this role so enthusiasm and an enjoyment of talking are the main skills needed! This role would be a minimum of 3 hours per week.

Drivers

Would you like to offer lifts for events? Or maybe drive equipment or surplus crops around to help the network? All fuel costs will be reimbursed to anyone who would like help the network out in this way.

Skillshare organisers

The Growers’ Network currently run one practical skillshare per month at different food growing projects across Hull but we would like to run more. This is a role for people who have existing experience in organising events or would like to learn how to do this by helping out at skillshare events.

Graphic artist / illustrator

We are looking for someone to help us create exciting and eye-catching publicity material, posters, banners and colourful artwork. You should be creative and love your work. Computer graphics knowledge would be useful but is certainly not essential. This role is for approximately 3 hours per week

General help

Would you like to offer us help every now and again? We are looking for people who would like to help out occasionally with admin, distributing leaflets, setting up for events and other bits and bobs.

If you are interested in any of these roles or would like to help out in the Growers’ Network in any other way,  please email us at hello@growersnetwork.org.uk or call by the 9th of July.

Monday, 16th May 2016
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The first skillshare at Newland Avenue Allotments

Thanks to everyone who attended the first Growers’ Network Skillshare last Thursday. Useful gardening tips and knowledge about understanding soil types and what can be done to improve them, were shared. After setting to work on the newly acquired plot, there was a great working atmosphere and great progress was made. The plot was transformed in no time! After some digging and mulching, the evening was rounded off with hot pancakes with marrow jam cooked in front of the shed by Carolyn, a great evening was had by all. Thanks to those who went. We look forward to the next event in June!

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