Category Archives: Urban farming

Birchfield Residents Action Group – Job Vacancy

Birchfield Residents Action Group have got a job vacancy for a Project Manager to be based at their Livingstone Road Community Allotment, the advert is below!

Part-time position based at Livingstone Road Community Allotment

Hours per week: 16 hours per week (Initially a fixed term 6 month contract with the possibility of an extension)

Salary: £10.41 per hour (Payroll managed by BVSC)

Birchfield Residents Action Group (BRAG) set up the Livingstone Road Community Allotment Project in 2010. The allotment project aims to involve and connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the natural environment and food growing, and also works with socially isolated people who live in the locality. The project currently receives funding from Birchfield Big Local for work with vulnerable adults at the allotment site and also for work with the wider community on Bloom in Birchfield – part of a national initiative to encourage local residents to take greater pride in their neighbourhoods. More information can be found at – www.livingstoneroadcommunityallotment.wordpress.com/

A Team Challenge Open for Applications

The 2016 A Team Challenge is open for applications – please apply or spread the word!

The A Team Challenge is looking for innovative food and farming initiatives for its 2016 programme. It offers a combination of grant or loan funding up to £6,000 which must be matched by an equivalent amount raised through crowdfunding.

They are looking for projects that farm in a way that nurtures and protects the environment ie farm agro-ecologically, create local supply chains, increase employment and community engagement and revive local economies.

Applications are open until 9th May 2016 with the winners announced by 30th June 2016. Find out more and how to apply here!

Winterbourne House & Garden Update

Winterbourne House & Garden have been busy in the past month and you can read all about what they have been up to at their blog Digging For Dirt. First of all they have published their March Notebook with gardening tips, tasks and tricks for budding gardeners throughout March; from planting your early potatoes to deadheading Hydrangeas, it’s your go to guide for your garden this month. The Opportunist is a piece that continues on in their historical series, looking at Birch trees colonization of Britain and their lineage in the Northern Hemisphere as a whole and is well worth a read. Finally they’ve uploaded some more wonderful pictures to their Snapshot section including some wonderfully captured mushrooms, head to their Coach House Gallery for more shots and information.

 

Growing Birmingham Networking Event – Tuesday 12th April – 7pm – 9pm

19758323333_3201b7d073_hJoin Growing Birmingham at the Botanical Gardens for our annual networking event. Coinciding with the Big Dig weekend, the evening will contain a variety of workshops including: support with funding, social media, growing to sell, volunteer engagement and more. Attendees are offered the chance to meet people in their field, discuss current projects and maybe even come up with some new ones!

Open to all, for more information click the link here.

Bloom in Birchfield – Spring Event

Livingston Road C2013-06-26-10-58-25ommunity Allotment are having a Spring event on the 2nd April to launch a ‘Friends of Bloom in Birchfield’. The event will run between 1-4pm and they are looking for volunteers to help them run the day! They want everyone who wants to see a cleaner and more beautiful Birchfield to join together under the ‘Bloom in Birchfield’ banner. Get down and get involved with what promises to be a brilliant day.

For more information please e-mail Rob at bragallotment@gmail.com

 

Mapping Birmingham’s Community Growing Spaces

It has been a while in getting there, Growing Birmingham are please to be able to make available for the first time a map of Birmingham’s Community Gardens, Growing Spaces and Community Orchards.

The map is available here

We know this is by no means complete, and we can add to it all the time, so if your local space is missing and you want it adding then please let us know in a comment below or by e-mail to info@growingbirmingham.org 

Some of the spaces on the map already have more information linked to them, web site addresses and the like, we hope to add pictures too soon.

 

Urban Harvest: Invest a fiver-plus & get bags of rewards!

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We have an exciting new project, Urban Harvest. It’s the project that finds good use for your surplus fruit, distributing it to people and preventing it going to waste.

It began a couple of years ago, but we need your help to make it sustainable.

If you’re willing to offer support and/or invest £15 (or more) in this great project, please do go to our crowdfunding page here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/urban-harvest

We’re offering lots of rewards including fruit trees for your own garden, workshops on pruning and juicing, invitations to special events, plus other rewards throughout the eight weeks of crowd funding — and a special business offer to plant an orchard in your grounds.

Grow It Yourself (GIY) UK Launches in Birmingham 2013

 

July  20th sees the launch of GIY UK:

“Our vision is for a healthier, more sustainable and more connected world where people grow their own food. We inspire and empower people to grow their own by bringing them together in community groups and online to share tips, advice and expertise.”

  • Hear talks by experts and get your burning questions answered
  • Meet like-minded gardeners and food growers
  • Network with organisations who may be able to help and support your personal or community project.

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Communities: Buy your own land!

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens is holding an information packed day for those interested in BUYING LAND FOR COMMUNITY GARDENS, ALLOMTENTS, COMMUNITY WOODS OR CSAs. Advisors and support organisations are also welcome.

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Where: Birmingham Midlands Institute

When: 27th November 2013

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE

Urban Food Projects get underway at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Urban Food Stall 5A cold Easter weekend saw the launch of an Urban Food Stall at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  Established on an old Lambeth Market barrow, the stall hopes to provide a new way of focussing on food in inner city Birmingham.

This urban food stall is all about locally grown vegetables and fruit, but also has a range of locally produced jams, preserves and chutney, as well as vegetable seeds, and vegetable and fruit plants.  Giving visitors and those wanting fresh, local fruit and veg the chance to get everything from seed to end product in one place.

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