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Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

Started by Growing Support May 3. 0 Replies

How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Mini community garden in Watchet

Started by charles birch. Last reply by Mrs Susan Calvo Oct 12, 2016. 1 Reply

On the 14th. of march we set up a very small veg. bed. see U tube" admirals corner incredidible edible"on the17th. of June we harvested the potatoes. they were first 'Earlies' and made just over 21…Continue

job opportuntiy

Started by Alison Hayward. Last reply by Alison Hayward May 30, 2015. 1 Reply

South somerset Mind (Yeovil) is looking for a horticultural therapist for the Vanessa project.The role is paid for 6 hours a week at £10 per hour.  Please phone Gill on 01935 474875 for further…Continue

Tags: therapy, horticultural, work, job

Surplus Produce

Started by David Croxton. Last reply by Caroline Lewis Sep 25, 2014. 10 Replies

As part of our InQEDible Edible Project, and as a member of the Incredible Edible Network, we are not only looking to grow crops on spare land in our local communities, but also to persuade our local…Continue

Tags: gardens, fruit, community, Quantocks, poverty

Harvest Shows, Fayres & Festivals

Why a harvest show, festival or food fayre?

050Harvest Shows are annual celebrations of harvests that taken place in villages and towns all over the country for generations. They can be very diverse - some more competitive than the Olympics, and others more silly and less serious.

Somerset is home to a harvest show with a difference. Glastonbury Harvest Show, that takes place every September, isn't designed to show off the longest cucumber or straightest carrot. It is designed to celebrate food growing locally and contribute to a more horticultural culture. Produce is judged on its ease for cooking and nutritional value. There are different categories to encourage all members of the community to participate, and the hall is filled with stalls from local community groups and campaigns, with a lot of workshops taking place through the day too.

Local Food Festivals & Fayres are also growing in popularity. These events, which bring together stalls of local producers, enable the general public to find out about local food and meet people locally. Once again, they are a celebration and can contribute to a sustainable food system by creating markets for small producers and generating public energy and support around local food.

Organising these events

To organise a harvest show, food festival or fayre, it is worth following the same steps to organise any event effectively.

If you are new to organising events, it may be worth volunteering with one of the community groups that make the events happen in Somerset, so that you can see all the planning that goes on behind the scenes.

Inspiring examples in Somerset

Burnham on Sea Food & Drink Festival

http://www.foodlovermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Burnham-on-Sea-Food-Festival.jpgThe Burnham on Sea Food & Drink Festival was started by hardworking volunteer organisers Sarah & Beverely Milner-Simmonds. They have brought together producers from across the west country organised bake-offs and cooking competitions, generated national media coverage and more. Their first festival attracted over 5,000 people. Read more about their work here: http://www.burnhamonseafoodfestival.org.uk/

097Glastonbury Harvest Show

Glastonbury Harvest Show highlights the importance of local food & community, and celebrates the joy & benefits of growing your own produce. It is in its seventh year and takes place annually at Glastonbury Town Hall.

It was started by Transition Glastonbury. For more info visit: http://glastonburyharvestshow.wordpress.com/

Wedmore Produce Market

The Wedmore Produce Market was started in 2009 as part of Wedmore Green Group's campaign to encourage the community to eat and shop locally. More than 600 people turned up in 2013 and business was brisk amongst the 20+ stalls.

Links & Resources

  • Soil Association's guide to organising local food events. Download here. 

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