For 2015-16 all growers will need to have read the new Grower’s Agreement,
and to have signed the new Application Form when we renew our plot rental.
Organisation changes resulting from the AGM in July are described in a new document
– Click here to see the leaflet
Although our Members’ Newsletter is sent fortnightly, all our news is put on the website soon after it is sent to email@example.com
Pictures from events which have already occurred are usually to be seen there too – click here.
News from the Seed and Plant Team.
We now have a fresh supply of Green Manure which is in handy-sized packs at the back of the Big Green Shed.
Green Manure is an organic soil-improver, suitable for any part of your plot not being cultivated.
Sow the seeds thinly and leave until the frost kills it, then dig it into the soil, it has a mass of purple flowers which the bees love.
“Fruit and Nuts Pie” by Nuhad
There are no places left to cook Mediterranean dishes on Saturday 26th September from 10.00 until 2pm.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Alison Foss unexpectedly on Thursday 20th August 2015. The funeral was at 2:15 on Wednesday 23rd September at Earlham Cemetery.
Alison has been active at Marlpit Community Garden since it started and was the accountant for Sustainable Living Initiative since April this year.
Jim and Moira
Alison wrote the Marpit Newsletter which we send monthly and regularly contributed to our Bluebell Newsletters, with recipes , reports and even a book review. We enjoyed Alison’s company last Saturday, cooking lunch at Marlpit Community Centre.
Our condolences go to Dennis, Alison’s husband – we’ll miss her.
There will be plum and greengage jam making on Monday 24 August 2015 at Marlpit community centre from 10 till 2.
If you’d like to join me at Marlpit Community Centre to learn more about doing this and to help raise funds, please let me know – click the link to see the address and phone numbers.
Bluebell South: be vigilant!
Someone with a plot neighbouring ours by the main shed had a bicycle stolen mid-morning last week and some other things have gone missing from sheds (not ours yet, as far as we know).
Best to lock your cycle and please do not go far from the shed when it’s open. If you see anyone wandering about and you feel they might not be a plotholder, there’s no harm in asking them if they need any help. You can make a note of anything suspicious in the daybook.
The new office at Marlpit Community Centre has great kitchen facilities with space for small groups to cook all sorts of seasonal produce and share their skills.
If you’d like to cook Mediterranean dishes, we are planning a session on Saturday 26th September from 10.00 until 2pm.
To experience these culinary delights, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place, and if you could share a cooking skill or recipe, please let me know. Please don’t be shy, just let me know by e-mail or leave a message in the book in the shed.
Moira and the Food Team
Plums are ripening…
In the next week or so we’ll be harvesting plums at Bluebell and elsewhere and making jams and chutneys to preserve them.
If you’d like to join me at Marlpit Community Centre to learn more about doing this and to help raise funds, please let me know – click the link to see the address and phone numbers. We don’t yet know a date, but we’ll keep you informed if you show an interest.
Last Saturday’s (8th August) Jam and Chutney Making Workshop was a complete success – ten of us attended and it was very informative.
We made a batch of nectarine jam (nectarines from Mahesh’s garden) and some rhubarb and beetroot chutney.
So this Saturday 15th August we have booked another Cooking Session @ Marlpit Community Centre.
Come and join us at 10 and let’s produce some yummy food we can enjoy for lunch together. Microwave Raspberry jam, Courgette Fritters, Onion Marmalade, and some garlic aioli and we will have lot’s more goodies to eat.
Amy and Helen
was busy – growers showed inventive ways of cooking produce from their plots. The events page has pictures – click here.
To read Jane G’s Rice Salad Recipe – click here
Now the office has moved to Marlpit Community Centre (just 5 minutes from Marlpit allotments), we can take advantage of the kitchen facilities and cook all sorts of seasonal produce.
We can do this in small groups of members, and share their skills.
Moira and the Food Team
For example, if you’d like to cook Mediterranean dishes, we are planning a session on Saturday 26th September from 10.00 until 2pm.
If you would like to experience these culinary delights, e-mail me at email@example.com to reserve a place – places are limited by the size of the kitchen.
Also, if you are able to share a cooking skill, please let me know. Please don’t be shy, just let me know by e-mail or leave a message in the book in the shed.
Jam making and chutneys are already in full swing in preparation for fundraising on Open Day on 4th October.
New Office for Sustainable Living Initiative – SLI
SLI have a new office – we moved in last weekend, if you went to the AGM, you’ll know how to find it.
We moved to Marlpit Community Centre on 1st August 2015
Blueberry Research Volunteers wanted
Scientists at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, are looking for the final 50 volunteers to help unlock the health benefits of blueberries. This pioneering research is assessing how regular consumption of freeze-dried blueberries affects insulin resistance as well as heart, vascular, lung and cognitive function in overweight (BMI >25 kg/m2), but generally healthy 50-75 year old, non-smoking men and postmenopausal women.
To date, a quarter of the study population have finished the 6-month food intervention, with almost all (93%) stating the experience was rewarding and that they would recommend participation to others. Volunteers would be required to attend the University of East Anglia on six occasions (each ranging from 1 to 3 hours in duration) with optional extra visits. Volunteers would also be required to consume one sachet of either freeze-dried blueberries or a placebo (containing no blueberries) every day for 6 months and follow certain dietary guidelines. Travel expenses to the university (45 p/mile) and an inconvenience payment will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in participating and have no previous history of diabetes or cancer, and are not taking hormone replacement therapy, contact the study team directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 01603 592424. Alternatively, visit our website: www.blueberrystudy.org for further information.