14th -16th November
We are associate members of the Radical Routes network of social change co-ops. This is an example of nationwide co-operative mutual aid, a glimpse of how consensus decision making could shape a better future!
Four times a year, the member and associate member co-ops get together at “gatherings”. These weekend events have a social function, but are also the places at which all important decisions are taken. They are open meetings and anyone is welcome to attend.
This gathering is being hosted at the Cowley Club (http://www.cowleyclub.org.uk/?About) a radical social centre in Brighton there is free accomodation in a local stiener school and there will be some accustic entertainment, stuff happening at the Cowely Club and we could explore the city. They have delicious vegan catering which usually costs £15 for the weekend.
Trains look to be quite expensive, a return is about £85 without a rail card. £32 return on National express coach. There are also several other co-ops in Leeds going so car share might be possible and cheaper. If you are interested lets start communication
It was the third trip to Hockerton this year and there will be more trips to come so look out for the chance as I thoroughly recommend it. It was a great chance to see sustainable living at work; such simple but effective design and a fun weekend where you can get away, meet people and get stuck in. Not to mention how excellent Helena and Simon Tilley were as hosts.
On Saturday morning seven of us, mainly new members, got the train down to Newark and then cycled for an hour through the countryside to this sustainable housing project (except those of us a little bicycle shy..).
The weather was very much on our side all weekend. We got there and after tea got stuck in to picking apples in the orchard – storing the perfect ones and collecting the windfalls for processing.
In the afternoon we processed the apples: Two people washing and chopping, someone scratting, two people loading into a pillowcase and turning the manual press, someone decanting – amazing group effort. We changed over shifts between apples and shovelling horse manure, which wasn’t actually that bad!
We then spent the evening cutting down willow for firewood and feeding the leaves to the sheep which they ran across the field for.
We all bought a dish for dinner, so had an absolute feast and sat round the fire with hot chocolate after a satisfying day’s work.
The morning was spent collecting more wood, making more apple juice and cider, doing a bit of bee-keeping, allotment weeding, jam making and a Sunday roast. By borrowing bikes and a tandem we all had a beautiful cycle back to the station before getting home.
PS. This dressing is good with everything:
Tahini Dressing from River Cottage Veg Every Day
1⁄2 garlic clove, crushed with a little coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons light tahini (stir the jar well first)
Finely grated zest and juice of 1⁄2 lemon
Juice of 1⁄2 orange (or just add more lemon juice to taste)
1⁄2 teaspoon clear honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Please join me for a work weekend at my parents house. They helped set up a sustainable small holding in Nottinghamshire called Hockerton Housing Project. We will get the train on saturday morning and cycle 12miles to the project at the other end. It will be inspiring and exciting and productive. We will be helping to harvest and process apples and get stuck into other tasks on land, we will have a fire, cook food and have fun. Limited space so please me asap if you are keen – firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to confirm a place. 3rd year running, looking forwards to it!
First of all, Wild Food Walk! The Green Action walk is on the 1st of June. There is a huge abundance of food out at the moment and I have been feasting on flowers, leaves and mushrooms over the last two weeks. There is more wild food available this month than probably any other month of the year. The full price for the Wild Food Walks is normally £25 per adult but we have a super special discount so the walk is just £15 per Green Actioner! And the best part? GA will be subsidising it so you'll only have to pay between £8.34 and £10 per person depending on how many people come, and this is including lunch! You will need to pay a deposit of £5 to confirm your booking and there are only 20 places so don't leave it too late! To book, just visit the 'Walks' page in my Shop.
Join us on a really exciting afternoon out to visit the Incredible Edible town, Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Find out how this small town aims to provide local food for all by working as a community to transform public spaces into beautiful and productive gardens. From school to classroom to kitchen the town is working together to come up with positive, practical solutions to food sovereignty.
Check out their great website –
The community chair Mary Clear has offered to give us a tour for free (usually £10/head!!) so the only cost will be travel £6.40 off peak open return on the train an hour each way. We will be leaving at 12.54 from Leeds station and can get any train back we want. It is their town center planting day so we might want to get stuck in, Bring snacks, waterproofs and money for the pub or similar.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in coming so I can let Mary know numbers and book tickets.