23January2018

UK’s “First Online Farmers’ Market” Aims To Reinvent Food Supply Chain

An online initiative that encourages local shoppers to order their fresh produce direct from local growers is being rolled out across the country. The brainchild of former equity salesman Ben Pugh, FarmDrop is essentially a 'click and collect' online farmers' market that gives producers greater control of the prices they can charge.

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Banana Cake with Caramel Sauce & Almonds Recipe - Dee Sewell

Cake baking isn't a regular occurrence in the Greenside Up household as we try to save the sweet stuff for special occasions, but that does mean we look forward to the treats when they arise.

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How to Grow Tomato & Pepper Plants From Seed - Dee Sewell

Tomato and pepper seeds are some of the first that many of us will sow in the year and indeed, were the first seeds we planted in Callan Community Garden this week. These plants need a long growing season if we are to harvest any fruit from them so February/March are often cited as the best months to sow them.

Read more: How to Grow Tomato & Pepper Plants From Seed - Dee Sewell

When Things Go Wrong in Community Gardens -Dee Sewell

For the past few years I've been blogging about all the positive aspects of being involved with a community garden. I've shared the social, physical and mental benefits we all experience, the fun, the laughter and the feelings of belonging and friendship that develop as groups evolve.

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Alzheimer's Linked to the Pesticide DDT - Philip Voice

Researchers in the US have suggested a link to Alzheimer's and the once widely used pesticide, DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). A study published by JAMA Neurology found that people suffering with the debilitating brain disease had up to four times the levels of DDT than non-suffers.

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Domestic Chickens The New Hen Run - Peter Donegan

After about 4 years my last hens, most affectionately known as Diana and The Supremes, have moved on to pastures new. And, before the jokes start flying in, they have gone to a very wonderful new home. I am eggstatic. Moving swiftly onwards.

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Beyond The Messy Kitchen – Lemon Curd - David Corscadden

It has been so long since I have added a recipe to Beyond the Messy Kitchen and I decided today was the perfect day to change this! While this clearly isn't a food blog, I do feel that food and gardening go hand in hand! From the fool proof cupcakes to enjoy over a cup of tea after a long day in the garden to embracing wild garlic in a great wild garlic pesto, it goes together perfectly.

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Focus On: Knocknaheeney/Hollyhill Community Garden, Cork - Dee Sewell

One of the early decisions made by the Community Garden Network was that we would aim to meet every three to four months in different venues around the entire island, making it as inclusive as we could. Not only would people be able to meet virtually, they would have the opportunity to meet in person too.

Read more: Focus On: Knocknaheeney/Hollyhill Community Garden, Cork - Dee Sewell

Growing Underground Vegetables in Old Air Raid Shelters - Philip Voice

Two green-fingered entrepreneurs have set up a vegetable growing business 100 feet underground in old World War Two air raid shelters. Richard Ballard and Steven Dring have been trialling production in tunnels beneath the Northern Line, close to Clapham.

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5 (Excellent) Reasons Why Community Gardens are Good For Us - Dee Sewell

Before I begin, it seems appropriate to mention what exactly community gardens are... Firstly they're not places "where old folk hang out" as has been suggested by a couple of people – far from it ;) Community gardens attract people from the entire social economic spectrum, irrespective of race, gender, religion or age. I've talked on several radio shows including our local KCLR and Kilkenny City Community Radio stations as well as Dublin FM's Sodshow about the differences between community gardens, allotments and community gardening allotments. 

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Win An Exclusive Two-Day Break to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Enter the M&G competition to win a two-day break, including exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. WIN a two-day break, including exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Foodcloud Targets 50,000 Signatures in Pledge to Reduce Ireland’s Food Waste - Dee Sewell

I've written several blog posts in the past about our need to reduce food waste and it's a topic that often comes up in community gardens too. My experience is that when we begin to grow our own food we become much more aware of all our food waste – if we've taken the time to grow and care for a plant, we're much more likely to want to eat it than throw it away!

Read more: Foodcloud Targets 50,000 Signatures in Pledge to Reduce Ireland’s Food Waste - Dee Sewell

Irish Seed Savers Association "Big Workshop Weekends"

We are introducing a new kind of weekend workshop event this year, with courses to suit every interest and budget. Each weekend offers a range of half-day and full-day courses to choose from. You can take a single course or combine courses to make a full day or weekend.

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Garden of Eden Project Ireland Offering 100% Funding in Clare and Donegal for 2014

Garden of Eden Projects Ireland has secured funding through the local agenda 21 funding programme for 2014 and is offering 100% funding for the price of fruit and nut trees for local community orchards in Clare and Donegal.

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Anyone Else Feel Sorry for Food? I Did and Made Cranberry Sauce - Dee Sewell

Is it just me or do you ever feel sorry for food?

Tins, packets and fresh food of all descriptions perch on shelves or lay tumbled in large baskets, waiting for us to choose them. They proudly display their carefully designed labels or shiny buffed skins, hoping that we'll pop them into our baskets.

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Preserving the Harvest with a Food Dehydrator

Despite spring's arrival today according to the calendar, it feels like the new growing season is a ways off, and the first hints of fresh produce are just now beginning to sprout up from the earth. But there is plenty of last season's harvest preserved and ready for use thanks to the fresh veggies that were dried, stored, or even fermented before winter cut short the last garden's production.

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Would You Like the Opportunity to Win an Electric Car? - Dee Sewell

If you're new to growing fruit and vegetables and would like the opportunity to win an electric car, here's your chance. I was delighted to once again be invited to write the projects for this years Operation GIY Nation campaign, having written the original six projects in 2012 for GIY Ireland.

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The Community Garden Network is Growing and Supporting Gardeners across Ireland and Northern Ireland

Community gardeners travelled from Wicklow and Waterford, Dublin and Donegal recently to attend the seventh, quarterly run event by the Community Garden Network (CGN) in Cork. On a very wet and windy day, the coordinators and tutors, as well as enthusiastic gardeners, met in the Knocknaheeney/Hollyhill community garden training room and gardens for a conflict management and networking event.

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20 Tips to Help You Successfully Grow Your Own Veg - Dee Sewell

Very soon I'll be returning to the community gardens I'm working with under the Kilkenny Rural Development Community Food Project and as the time gets closer, I'm feeling that familiar bubble of excitement. The days are lengthening and the birds are beginning to chirp away in the hedgerows when the sun shines, reminding us that we will soon be enjoying another 'grow your own' year with friends and neighbours.

Read more: 20 Tips to Help You Successfully Grow Your Own Veg - Dee Sewell

‘Wi-Fi Killed Off our Cress Seeds’

Exposure to Wi-Fi radiation may damage the health of plants, the findings of an experiment carried out by a team of Danish schoolgirls suggest. The students, whose findings have prompted a debate on the issue in Denmark, conducted their research after finding their concentration levels in the classroom seemed lower after sleeping next to their mobile phones at night.

Read more: ‘Wi-Fi Killed Off our Cress Seeds’

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