I'm still glowing from Saturday's memorable sharing feast of Georgian song and liberated food, what a delicious combination of beautiful voices and lovely food in community! It was the culmination of tremendous effort and generosity by lots of people and has raised £400 for Food Cycle and Transition Cambridge. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped in both large and small ways to make the evening such a success. We are still collating the photos and videos and they will appear on our website over the next few days, in the meantime you can see some of them on Transition's Facebook page. And if you missed the Experiments in Democracy evenings, there are photo-summaries of discussions and video clips of both events.
We have a more leisurely fortnight around Easter, much needed for the gardeners among us, as Spring sap is rising and weeds will soon be a-growing! On Thursday you can find out what that increasingly common word 'sustainable' really means in the context of feeding 10 -11 billion people at a talk with food security expert, Professor Tim Benton. On Wednesday 30th find out about the hidden wildlife gems around Cambridge at a talk about the city's local nature reserves. Finally, there's some exciting new Growing Spaces projects forming - find out more at their meeting on 2nd April.
Would you like to see more fruit and vegetables growing in Cambridge's public spaces? Join the Growing Spaces project to hear more about what we do as we coordinate the care of spaces and to get involved with any of a bunch of exciting new projects in this growing season. All welcome - gardening knowledge welcome but not required. Contact us for details of the address of this meeting and if you're interested in the project in general. More details of the project here.
18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street
The Food Group's monthly meeting will move forward with our plans for the year (ideas welcome!). So far we have the following - a wild food walk, a talk on soil health and a tour of productive spaces around town. We'll also be exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.
09:30-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF
Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. We will be having fun helping out on the farm from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to dusk, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. See our blog to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun, a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. Fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.
Thanks to everyone who came to the two Experiments in Democracy events over the past couple of weeks! If you missed them, you can see the videos that Antony Carpen made during the speaker event, and here are the notes from the follow-up open space session. If you're interested in standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming local elections, Marie-Louise Holland has offered to provide advice (she is currently the independent councillor for Castle Ward). And we hope that some of the other ideas that were discussed will also get taken forward!
12:30-14:00, Lecture Room 6, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.
This talk, by Professor Tim Benton, asks - Can we produce enough food to allow 10-11bn people to live as we do, and in a sustainable way? The answer to this is partly determined by what is meant by “sustainable”. He’ll examine different notions of sustainability – from an agricultural and agri-food systems perspective – and ask whether they are sufficient to ensure that we maintain planetary and local ecosystem functioning; or whether intervening on the demand side is a necessary precursor to maintaining the system within “safe operating spaces”. Info about Tim Benton here More details here.
09:30-09:30, Burnham Green, Hertfordshire
For more details contact Robert Somerville on 01438798223. The 6 day course will be based around the construction of a traditional farmyard barn, using local elm wood, hand tools and traditional methods. Robert is an architect who has taught courses on Natural Building at Schumacher College and the course will be run together with Joel Hendry, one of the country's leading timber framers. Joel has 20 years carpentry experience and has travelled widely working on frames in the UK and Europe. He has extensive knowledge of historic timber frame building and the tools that were used. The course includes lunch and refreshments. Total course fee: £200. Suitable for everyone, with all levels of carpentry knowledge and will be a unique and memorable experience. Please book early as places are limited.
19:30-21:30, St. John the Evangelist Church Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN
Guy Belcher, Cambridge City Council Biodiversity Officer, will talk about Cambridge Local Nature Reserves and the ecological pressures and opportunities that growth is bringing to the city. Organised by the Cambridge group of the Wildlife Trust. Entry is £2.50. More info about Cambridge's 12 nature reserves here.
14:00, Free Church Hall, Leys Avenue, Letchworth
An afternoon event to celebrate Transition Town Letchworth's Grow it Yourself group (GIY) becoming the only Gardening club in Hertfordshire which has membership of Garden Organic. Keynote speaker -James Cameron, Chief Executive of Garden Organic (2.30pm). There will be relevant, local stalls selling seeds, plants and produce and refreshments. The event runs from 2pm till 4.30 and entry is FREE. More details here: http://www.ttletchworth.org/events.html.
13:00-14:00, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 112), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Trevor Gibson, of Opportunity Peterborough, has almost thirty years experience in the public sector predominantly focused on sustainability and environmental protection. He held the position of Director of Environment and Community Services at Peterborough City Council, until 2009. Most recently, he was part of the team which successfully bid for Peterborough to be one of the UK’s four Future City Demonstrators, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and continues to help develop and deliver the resultant “Peterborough DNA” programme. Trevor is a board member of the Peterborough Environment City Trust. More details here.
13:00-14:00, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 307), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Dr Angela Druckman works at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)at the University of Surrey. She's been a member of the Centre of Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey since January 2005. She joined as a Research Fellow working on the EPSRC funded Industrial and Social Ecology of Urban Resource Flows project, which was part of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) Waste Consortium. She later transferred to the newly formed ESRC Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). In 2010 she accepted the post of Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Mitigation. In 2011 Angela was awarded UK Scopus Young Researcher Award Environmental Sciences 2011. More details here.
That's all for this week, have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Jacky and the Bulletin Writers' Team