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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Friday, 6th May 2016
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Skill shares

What gardening and food-related skill shares would you like to see on the Growers’ Network. What skills could you share?

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Friday, 6th May 2016
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Skill share #1

Our first Skillshare will be happening on Thursday 12th May. Meet at Timebank office 18:15 to leave at 18:30 for plot.

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A chance to share skills and meet up with other people interested in growing food. The first session will focus on planning your growing plot, ground preparation and sowing seeds. The skillshare will take place on the TimeBank allotment plot off Newland Avenue. Bring gardening gloves if you have them. For more information, email hello@growersnetwork.org.uk or call TimeBank on 01482 427647.

Monday, 2nd May 2016
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Growers’ Network launched!

Thursday 28th April: A very successful launch at the Punch hotel!

A room packed full or people, 40 at a rough count. Lots of great feedback on levels of expertise in the room and plenty enthusiasm to get down to business! Gwen Egginton from Green Growers Organics in Nafferton gave an inspiring talk on how we will have to cooperate more with nature order for there to be a future for our children. This was followed up by Adrian and Mark from Rooted in Hull talking about their plans for a modular farm beside the River Hull, and we also heard from Ben and Matt at Frith Farm, Molescroft Grange and their exciting plans for a community supported growing project. Wonderful shared food to finish– (which will also be a feature at each skillshare!)

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So we are now up and running and the first skillshare will be taking place on 12th May. What skillshares would you like to see being put on by the Growers’ Network? What can you offer? What food related skills would you like to learn? Please get in touch. hello@growersnetwork.org.uk 01482 427 647