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More spuds

We have a few seed potatoes left over and available for sale – Setanta (late main, organic) and Duke of York (1st early, not organic).  Contact Jane on jane@bcep.org.uk if you want any.  If there are any left by the end of March, she’ll have them with her on the Bradford Community Environment Project session at the Good Food Advice Stall in the entrance to Oastler Market, Bradford on Thursday 26 March from 11am to 1pm.

WYOG 2014 AGM

Please join us for the WYOG AGM, at Caroline Social Club, Saltaire, 12.00 – 3.00, on Saturday 15th of November 2014. This is a great chance to meet up without having a million and one things to do, such as at Potato Day and the Show. Come along and meet other members and find out a bit more about what we do.

The meeting will consist of:

12.15 – 1.30 AGM
1.30 – 2.00 lunch
2.00 to 3.00 Terry’s ten top tips for tasty tomatoes

Tomato expert Terry Marshall will be giving the talk he gave at the Show, so that all the volunteers who missed it get the chance to hear how to grow tasty tomatoes.

You can download an agenda for the meeting.

It would help if you could let us know you are coming.

 

Hot bed video

Horticulturalist and hot beds expert Jack First will be running courses on creating hot beds again later this year. To promote the courses he has made a short video presentation, giving a brief introduction to hot beds and also some of the amazing results produced from using this wonderful horticultural technique. In the video, which was filmed on 30th May Jack explains what a hot bed is and shows some of the superb organic produce that is harvested at this early time of year.

 

WYOG Post-Festive Meal

The annual WYOG post festive meal will be on Friday 31st January, 2014, at The Terrace Cafe Bar and Bistro, Saltaire, offering the finest French cuisine in West Yorkshire.

Our annual meal is a great chance to kick back, relax in good company, review the previous year and look forward to the next. All welcome, the more the merrier. Please let Peter Taylor know if you would like to come.

The Terrace website has a full range of menus, including vegetarian options on the specials menu. If you want to pre-order please let Peter know what you would like – that would be a great help.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Grow something new

SNS flier BCEPDid you realise that there is a whole host of exciting novel food crops that can be grown in the UK such as…

  • Calaloo – a wonderful leafy green from Jamaica
  • Green chick peas from India
  • Sharks fin melon – a savoury melon used in soups by the Chinese

If you are part of a community group, allotment or growing group BCEP are offering free training, resources and seed for growing and preparing new and exciting food.

Think you may be interested? Then contact Jane Robinson, or telephone 01274 223236.
More details are available at www.sowingnewseeds.org.uk, or download the flyer, right.

The first session will be Thursday 7 February 2013, 11 am – 3pm, at BCEP’s Wibsey Park Community Garden, Reevy Ave, BD6 3EY

Put your money where your mouth is… Save Sarpo!

Sárpo Axona potatoes
Sárpo Axona potatoes

Dear Potato Lover,

The Sarvari ResearchTrust and therefore the Sarpo varieties are in real trouble.

At a time when there is a global push to make GM potato varieties acceptable the Trust has run out of money and sources of funding. It struggles to get by day to day -often subsidized by David Shaw’s pension. Their varieties are the result of decades of conventional cross breeding to successfully gain resistance genes from potato near-relatives. Like most of the UK, Kettlebridge has had devastating blight since July yet my Sarpo Mira plants are still growing strongly – all other garden varieties in the village are long dead. Recently a Dutch team of genetists working on Sarpo Mira found it to be the most blight resistant variety that has ever existed with a unique complex of resistance genes including at least one never found before.

Crowd funding could save SRT. I have known for some time that an appreciation of the heritage and the worth of potato varieties lies mainly in the hands of gardeners – perhaps the future of spuds lies in the same hands. Please click on the link and do what you can, then pass this message on to all you can think of who might help.There are still a few more varieties in the pipeline including “Crow” – I think “Crowdpleaser” would be better!

You can make a donation here:
https://www.buzzbnk.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?projectId=84
WYOG will match your donations up to a maximum of £250, please let us know how much you have donated. This really is a chance to put your money where your mouth is…

Alan Romans

UPDATE: First £20 donation in!