‘Local Food, Global Food’ Taster Day – Wednesday 4 April 2012
We attended a workshop at the Rainbow Community Garden and The Orchard Community Centre in Hull. It was part of a new programme with the aim to assist grass-roots projects in a number of towns and cities across England. The idea is to help staff and volunteers reach out and engage effectively with minority groups using healthy eating, cultural celebration, food growing and sharing of knowledge and skills.
In spite of miserable weather, everyone enjoyed a tour of the Garden. We saw their raised beds, compost, worm bin, bug hotel, greenhouse and many different corners of the garden. We had the opportunity to try making paper pots, planting tomato and basil and making sunlight reflecting boxes for seedlings growing on sunny windowsills. At the Orchard Community Centre we saw a demonstration of how to use your home-grown produce to make tomato soup and flat bread … and then we ate them for lunch.
After lunch we had a little theory about garden planning and then divided into groups to make planting plans. We ended the workshop by presenting these for each other and explaining our thinking. It was an enjoyable and inspiring day and a taster for what is to come.
WDD, April 2012