February Seed Swap

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Beverley Community Orchard

The voluntary group set up to look after the Community Orchard in Beverley (also known as the Millennium Orchard and situated on Beverley Parks Nature Reserve, on Shepherd Lane, approx 1½ miles from Beverley)  needs more people to join in. Anyone who wants to become involved can join up to a group email that has been set up.

Beverley Community Orchard group email

The group who are helping to look after the Beverley Community Orchard have set up a group email list to help to coordinate activities.  We need more people involved, in particular to help with the winter pruning.  Training provided!  If you want to get involved please sign up to our email list where all the information about our activities are posted.

To sign up visit the list page at http://www.freelists.org/list/beverley.orchard , enter your email address and select Subscribe.


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Seed Swap, Mon 12 February 2018

Come and take part in our Seed Swap

Mon 12 February 2018 at 7.45pm Boulevard Village Hall, Boulevard, Hull HU3 3EL

Wooden bowls of chia, hemp, flax and pumpkin seeds

Bring your surplus seeds to swap, we will provide the envelopes for you to take away the seeds you want.  Bring seeds you’ve collected yourself, or surplus packet seeds. There will be tea and biscuits provided. For more information ring 07816 141169

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New Community Garden at Anlaby Common

Here is some info about a new community garden project which Environmental Management Solutions (EMS) are supporting in Anlaby Common.

Andy Steele,  Community Engagement Co-ordinator with EMS, says:

We are pleased to be working with the Anlaby Communities Trust (ACT) on a great new initiative – a community garden and food growing project, using land next to St Mark’s Church, Anlaby Common.

ACT (the social action arm of St Peter’s and St Mark’s churches, Anlaby) serves its local communities through education, youth work and relief of need and hopes that the garden will be a resource for the community, somewhere for local people and groups to come together, grow things, learn and socialise together.

A lot of work has taken place since summer 2017 to transform the neglected patch by clearing it, and a small group of volunteers have planted a small area to start things off.

If you would like to know more about the project, are interested in visiting the garden, or might be able to help in some way – from advising to gardening to path-laying! – don’t hesitate to get in touch by messaging ACT’s Facebook page @anlabycommunitiestrust or emailing acthu104@outlook.com.

We would be extremely grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a brief questionnaire to help inform the development of the garden space. You can do this on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9RZYRMC

Many thanks!  Andy Steele

Environmental & Management Solutions (EMS) Ltd, Unit C, Preston Road Village Centre, Hull HU9 3QB.  01482 710177     www.emsyorkshire.co.uk   www.facebook.com/EMSHullLtd     @emsyorkshire

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Feeding the City, Thu 11 Jan 2018

Please see below for details of the ‘Feeding the City’ workshop which will be taking place on Thu 11th of January. Hull is going to be one of 10 cities across the UK running these workshops which will be the first step in applying to the ‘Feeding the City’ programme.

Hull ‘Feeding the City’ workshop Thu 11th of January 2018

In our rapidly urbanising UK population, we’re struggling to feed ourselves sustainably. From production to processing and distribution to disposal, our cities are littered with examples of how not to do it.

So how do we change the ways we think about produce, distribution and the way we feed ourselves in cities?

Feeding the City, is a fully funded, 12 month programme that supports sustainable food businesses to launch.  The programme is open to teams whose business can add real value to the communities they are serving. Successful applicants will receive guidance from business and food experts throughout 2018, receive bursaries and meet with investors.

Hull Sustainable Food City is excited to be a part of this programme by hosting one of the first events; an Ideation Workshop on January 11th, 6-9pm at Jubilee Central, King Edward StreetHull. At this event, attendees will hear about the programme and also talks from food experts about the current problems in urban food systems. There will then be an idea-generating workshop to facilitate people to create and develop solutions.

Want to get involved? Register online here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feeding-the-city-idea-generating-workshop-tickets-40938911386 selecting Hull as your venue.

Bryony MacFadyen
Hull Sustainable Food City  Partnership Co-ordinator

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Abundance Hull 2 Dec 2017


Abundance Hull has been organised by Hull & East Riding Mutual Aid Network and Eden Project Communities two organisations working to connect communities and inspire action.

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Herbal Workshop 9 Dec 2017

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Food for Thought Talks

Hull Sustainable Food City presents: Food for thought talks

The Hull Sustainable Food City partnership is running a series of ‘food for thought’ talks during winter 2017-2018. These talks aim to bring inspiration, create discussion, and generate action around sustainable food in Hull. Everyone is welcomed.

Talks are open to members of the public but places are limited so please book via the Eventbrite link below. For more information about Hull Sustainable Food City or to sign up to our mailing list please contact Bryony – bmacfadyen@goodwintrust.org.

HullCoin and sustainable food

Tuesday 5th of December 2017, 1pm – 3pm at the Annex, Community Enterprise Centre, Cottingham Road

HullCoin is a digital credit system that recognises and rewards positive social action by issuing HullCoin digital credits which are exchanged for discounts at local businesses and retailers. This event will be a talk about HullCoin and Sustainable Food followed by a discussion around how HullCoin could be used in our local food system support sustainable food production and sales, and alleviate food poverty.       https://foodforthoughthull1.eventbrite.co.uk

Agriculture, Rural development and Food: some implications of Brexit

Tuesday 9th of January 2018, 12.30pm – 2pm, Warehouse 8, Guildhall Road

What does Brexit mean for food and agriculture? As part of the Hull Sustainable Food City ‘Food for thought’ talks, Nigel Curry from the Lincoln Food partnership will be talking about the possible implications of Brexit for farming, food and  agriculture.   https://foodforthoughthull2.eventbrite.co.uk

Bryony MacFadyen
Hull Sustainable Food City Partnership Co-ordinator   

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Hull Community Shop Affordable Food Project

Hull Community Shop – Affordable Food Project

The Hull Community Shop was set this up in summer 2016 as part of an Affordable Food Project and is located at the EMS offices at the Preston Road Village Centre, East Hull, open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday.

The aim of the HCS is to provide nutritious and affordable food for individuals and families who are suffering from food poverty; the shop is open to the whole community, offering fresh food inc. fruit, vegetables, eggs, bread & confectionary in return for a ‘pay-as-you feel’ donation.  Residents that are on a low income can also apply to become HCS Members in order to access further support.

Accepted members are then offered support to engage with financial services, take up training and volunteering opportunities and apply for budgeting loans or community grants. They are also able to choose one day a week on which to access a wider range of produce via the shop, such as tinned goods and other ambient foods, which they can purchase at a heavily reduced rate.

All donations to the HCS from Members and the wider community is put back into the project to fund EMS’ purchase of tinned goods, cereal, tea and coffee, toiletries etc, thus helping the HCS to be sustainable.

Since July 2016, 60 residents have become members of the HCS, collectively accessing the shop over 700 times, with thousands of additional visits from the wider local community. On average 10 to 15 people access the HCS on a daily basis.

ENS is grateful to receive support, in the form of donations of store surplus, from Marks & Spencer, Tesco, One Stop and Sainsbury’s, as well as fresh food  donations from Dennis Butler Wholesalers and tin collections from Sacred Heart church.

Any donations of surplus fresh, tinned or ambient foods are always massively appreciated by ourselves and the HCS Members; the project relies on the generosity of local people and organisations in order to serve the local community.

If you require more information about the scheme, or referral forms, please contact Andy Steele, Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Environmental & Management Solutions (EMS) Ltd, Unit C, Preston Road Village Centre, Hull, HU9 3QB,  01482 710177   www.emsyorkshire.co.uk

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Permaculture Film, Mon 13 Nov 2017

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