Home Grown Food

Open Food Gardens 2014

Find out more information about the open gardens programme: go to: Open Food Gardens 

Skill Sharing 2014

As part of the Open Food Gardens programme two members of the Home Grown Food Group are opening their gardens once a month from April to September to look at particular skills in growing vegetables. Heather and June are both amateur vegetable growers and want to take out some of the mystery about growing food.

For more information and dates and times go to: Skill sharing Flyer 2014

 Seed Sowing Video
Unfortunately we have had some technical problems with the film, but we will get it back up as soon as possible.

The group have produced this video to give some tips about seed sowing

What we did in 2013
The Home Grown Food Group had a successful season of activities in 2013.  It was launched in style at Transition’s demonstration garden at The Courtyard Café in April, was followed by a Plant Extravaganza held at the Fleetville Community Centre in mid-May, before moving on to the Open Food Gardens themselves from late May until late September.

For a list of the Open Food  Gardens 2012/13 and a brief description of each please go here

Visitors to the gardens are able to see for themselves the variety of vegetables you can grow in a relatively small space and get tips on composting and water conservation. The social aspect of visiting other people’s gardens was as important this year as ever before as gardeners shared their experience of growing in such difficult conditions.

Several of the OpenFoodGarden owners entered the St Albans in Bloom Competition in the SustainableGarden section in 2012 and we are proud to announce that the overall winner of this section was June Whetherly, a member of the Home Grown Food Group. This is the second year in succession that a member of Transition St Albans Home Grown Food Group has won the Sustainable Garden Award.

Grow it, cook it, eat it

In Autumn the Home Grown Food Group organised their contribution to the St Albans Food and Drink Festival.  Members of the group brought examples of the vegetables they have grown and some produce they have made like jam, chutney and cake to share.

Future events and projects

The Plant Extravaganza, OpenFoodGardens and Grow it, cook it, eat it projects will continue to be run in 2014. In order to make the existing projects happen we will need support:

-          for gardens to be included in the OpenFoodGardens project for 2013

-          for volunteers to help organise and administer the scheme

-          for people to grow small vegetable plants for the Plant Extravaganza

-          for people to help maintain and plant The Courtyard Café garden

We would like to move on to more ambitious projects such as:

-          Fruit harvesting

-          Land share

If you would like more information about any of these projects or would like to be involved in any of them please contact us at: info AT transitionstalbans DOT org.

Open Food Gardens Project

This project is about organising a series of open days bringing together people willing to show how they are growing food in their front or back garden at home and people who are considering doing the same, to enable the latter to see what it involves and to ask questions.

The intention is to show gardens at different times in the year and to illustrate the many different ways in which people use their garden space, make compost etc.

The project is a variation on the Lewes model outlined on page 50 of the “Local Food” book recently published by the Transition Network.

Fruit Harvesting Initiative

Do you know of any fruit trees in your vicinity?
This project is about making the most of one’s local resources, reducing waste, eating fresh fruit and connecting with your community. We were particularly inspired by a fellow Transition initiative in North London.  They produced an excellent video, ‘Shaking the tree’, that encapsulates the idea:


A presentation at a recent open meeting about the benefits of fruit harvesting and how it can work in St Albans can be found here: Fruit Harvesting Initiative

One of our Transition members has undertaken fruit harvesting training and will gladly explain further.

Square Foot Garden Project
Peter B.

In January 2010, Peter B. started a Square Foot Garden (SFG). Square Foot Gardening is all about growing things in a small space, which is also an excellent way to get started growing your own. Peter has been keeping a diary of his endeavor on his blog here.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about any of the aforementioned initiatives, contact: food@transition DOT org

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