How can we increase local food production and move towards a more resilient and sustainable food supply? Currently it takes over 10 calories of fossil fuels to produce 1 calorie of food!!
Current activities include 'Chicken 100' to encourage residents to keep a few feathered friends, with plenty of support offered, eg in building runs/buying food in bulk. A Community Chicken coop has been set up by a group of people at the back of the Station Pub car park where spare eggs are on sale via an honesty box.
Our Pop Up Cafe serves fresh coffee and snacks at the monthly Wivenhoe Farmers'
Market offering shoppers a chance to sit down with a drink and sample
some of the products on offer on the stalls.
TTW have taken on an allotment where volunteers can learn together how to grow food sustainably, using a permaculture approach.
TTW helped Bennison Farm to set up a new Community Supported Agriculture scheme. Members receive a weekly share of the veg harvest. New shares are available from July 2013.
TTW volunteers helped Broomgrove school develop their vegetable patches
in 2010 and gave some support to the football club temporary allotments
The Station Community Garden began in 2010 when Off The Rails got the ok from Network Rail and Wendy Station Puss (RIP). Volunteers grew potatoes, salads, beans, brassicas, tomatoes,
squash, leeks, courgettes, kale, herbs, flowers and more. Harvests were shared with passers by, commuters and station staff.
We started mapping local wild fruit and nut trees, and local food producers. There is an online map here so that you can see where to find them - let us know
if you have further suggestions. Communal jam making has taken place to
make use of harvests. A good sized fruit press was bought with
Grassroots funding and is available for local use.
TTW were asked by the town council to help create a new Wildlife Garden.
Volunteers worked hard during 2012/13 to transform a scrubby patch of
land into a small wildlife haven next to the King George V field, behind
the town council office.
How about growing food in other community spaces, what about starting a community fruit and nut orchard?
Or, what about a local garden share scheme to match people with unused garden space with those wanting to grow food but with no space?
To get involved email email@example.com or come along to a monthly food group meeting - see calendar for dates.