Cropshare and hedgelaying

Hi everyone

Seeds is one of our up-coming themes, with a talk on seeds and agrobiodiversity in India on 8th December, a date and a call for help with Seedy Sunday (19 January) and a call to save our seeds from the Real Seed Catalogue. Also this week there's a chance to join in with CropShare on Saturday, where we'll be harvesting beetroot, planting broad beans and planting some native tree seedlings. There's also hedge-laying this Sunday and a talk on Passivhaus on Monday. So there's lots to keep us busy!

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Transition News and Events

  • Saturday 30 November: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.
  • Thursday 05 December: Home-made Christmas decorations and gifts
  • Saturday 07 December: Transition Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair
  • Saturday 07 December: Wildlife Wanderings
  • Sunday 08 December: Transition Cafe special: 'Toward building sustainability in eastern India' 
  • Monday 09 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • Transition Free Press - latest edition has arrived in Cambridge
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Hen house and run available to good home

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 28 November: Places of worship as sustainable buildings
  • Sunday 01 December: Hedge Laying
  • Monday 02 December: The Passivhaus Building Standard: Questioning the energy saving magic bullet
  • Saturday 07 December: Mill Road Winter Fair
  • Monday 09 December: Getting it Built!
  • Monday 16 December: Green Enterprise Pub Social
  • Wednesday 18 December: CFC premieres: Cambridgeshire Film Consortium productions 2013
  • CCF Maternity Cover Recruitment
  • Save our seeds - EU proposed law that would limit seeds for home growers

Transition News and Events

Saturday 30 November: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.

10:00-16:30, 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 10am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm, 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 , & we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.

Thursday 05 December: Home-made Christmas decorations and gifts

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

Come along to share ideas and learn how to make some lovely recycled Christmas decorations and gifts. If you have something in mind that you'd like to make, bring along the materials, or we'll bring materials to make some things too. Ideas so far include decorations for the dinner table, recycled paper Christmas

crackers, and mittens made from old jumpers. All welcome, free!

Saturday 07 December: Transition Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair

All day, on Donkey Green by Parkside Swimming Pool - we'll be by the Mortimer Road entrance, look out for the Transition banner! Pop by to say hello, find out more about Transition, or help out on our stall - there'll be the food group, CamBake, energy group, Greeniversity group and general Transition stall, as well as copies of the latest edition of Transition Free Press.

Saturday 07 December: Wildlife Wanderings

11:00-12:00, Clare Wood, off Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge.

Join us for a wander around Clare Wood, Cambridge. We meet monthly for an informal, non-guided wander around Cambridge's green places, stopping to observe little aspects of nature, as we go. We wander steadily for 1-1.5 hours. We will meet on the corner of the traffic lights between Trumpington Road and Brooklands Avenue, on the Botanic Gardens side. Please bring sensible, stout shoes, warm clothing and some water. All welcome, including families. Feel free to contact Jade if you have any questions.

Sunday 08 December: Transition Cafe special: 'Toward building sustainability in eastern India' talk + discussion

18:30-20:30, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AD

Dr Debal Deb is a biologist and farmer whose work encompasses conservation of agrobiodiversity and ancient 'sacred' ecosystems in eastern India. His talk will cover heirloom crop conservation (including the Vrihi seed bank which now conserves 920 folk rice varieties), ecological architecture, rainwater harvesting and sacred groves conservation. Dr Deb's freelance research has been widely published. His latest book Beyond Developmentality: Constructing Inclusive Freedom and Sustainability (2009, Earthscan) contributes to development studies, ecological economics and eco-socialism. Dr Deb is interested to learn from Transition activists as to how they managed to enlist support from the city people, who otherwise don't tend to change their lifestyles. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet Dr Deb in Cambridge! Watch short film "The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist" via the link below. More details here.

Monday 09 December: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house

We will review plans for the next forum and discuss anything else that crops up. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Transition Free Press - latest edition has arrived in Cambridge

The next edition of the Transition newspaper, Transition Free Press, has arrived, and is full of inspiring Transition news from the UK and further afield. It will be available in Cambridge at our events and at our stall at Mill Road Winter Fair, and hopefully also from Urban Larder from this weekend (9 The Broadway, Mill Rd).

Events for your calendar

Community News

Hen house and run available to good home

Clio has a chicken coop with a small run to offer free to a good home. The chicken house is large enough for 2-3 full size or 4-5 bantams if they are allowed out at daylight times. If you'd like to take this, please contact Clio for more details - you'd need to be able to pick it up.

Other News and Events

Thursday 28 November: Places of worship as sustainable buildings

18:00-20:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road Campus, Cambridge, Room LAB 005

This meeting will include talks from Dr Shahid Hanif about the plans for the new Cambridge Mosque, and Mr Brian Cuthbertson, Head of Environment and Sustainability, Diocese of London, who will speak about how to improve the sustainability of existing places of worship, particularly medieval and Victorian churches. There will also be a chance to network. All are welcome to attend; please let Nigel Cooper know if you are coming so he can plan for catering. This is a meeting of the Faiths and Beliefs Network of the East of England hosted by Anglia Ruskin University. More info here (pdf file).

Sunday 01 December: Hedge Laying

10:00-16:00,

Come to Trumpington Community Orchard and help us lay some more of the new hedgrow. We got over half of it done last weekend and need to finish this off. Bring food for a shared lunch.

Monday 02 December: The Passivhaus Building Standard: Questioning the energy saving magic bullet

13:00-14:00, LAB 005 in the Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd campus - entrance on Broad St

This is a Global Sustainability Institute lunchtime seminar with lunch provided. The speaker will be Chris Foulds from the Global Sustainability Institute. Chris recently completed his PhD at the University of East Anglia on the everyday consequences of low carbon housing and, in particular, the role of unfamiliar and innovative technologies. Specifically, he investigated the Passivhaus standard – a German building standard focusing on super insulation and airtightness – and how its associated domestic technologies were interpreted, used and incorporated into household practices, such as cooking, hosting, cleaning, and professionals practices, such as designing and constructing. Chris is an Environmental Social Scientist with a background in climate change, energy, and buildings. More recently these interests have developed in line with the fields of geography, sociology, and science and technology studies. Any questions, or to let us know you're coming (which is not essential), contact Julie-Anne or call her on 01223 695108. **Sustainable Lunch Provided**

Saturday 07 December: Mill Road Winter Fair

10:30-16:30, all the way along Mill Road

Join in with this wonderful community celebration! Food fair, street entertainers, artists, buskers, performances, loads of things for children to do - come and participate! The Transition stall will be on Donkey Green, by the Mortimer Road entrance. Look out for the big Transition banner! Drop by to find out more about our exciting projects on food, energy, skillshares and more. There will be Cambake bread samples and local apples available. The fair is made possible by many volunteers - check out the website for ways of helping out by stewarding, delivering brochures etc; as well as info on the day itself. More details here.

Monday 09 December: Getting it Built!

09:30-16:30, Ely Cathedral Education and Conference Centre CB7 4EW

Do you want to do something about the housing (or lack of) in your community? Are you already setting up a Cohousing, Self Help, Community Land Trust, Self-Build or Cooperative housing project? Then these authoritative regional events on community-led housing are just for you; they'll tell you all you need to know about getting a project off the ground and will provide first stage support for applying to the Community Led Project Support Funding programme, a new Government start-up fund of £17 million for budding community developers. Free of charge. Organised by Locality, the UK Cohousing Network and the National CLT Network. Other dates and venues are available. Full programme here. More info and booking via Eventbrite.

Monday 16 December: Green Enterprise Pub Social

20:30-22:00, Maypole Pub 20a Portugal place, Cambridge CB5 8AF

Pub social for all those interested in green enterprise. More details here.

Wednesday 18 December: CFC premieres: Cambridgeshire Film Consortium productions 2013

18:00, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR

This evening showcases the work of the Cambridgeshire Film Consortium, including Willow Farm, a short film made by young film-makers when they joined Transition Cambridge's Cropshare project for the day. The evening has an entertaining programme of CFC 2013 films, including: Mega Wizards, Cambridge Time Travellers, Greatest Sporting Mistakes in History 2, Jump Cuts and Farm (supported by Cambridge Sustainable City) as well as the Cropshare film. Presented by the CFC and BFI Film Academy Autumn 2013. More details here.

CCF Maternity Cover Recruitment

Joss Cutler, Cambridge Carbon Footprint's excellent Volunteer and Events Organiser, is going on maternity leave mid-January. So we're recruiting someone to cover her role while she's on leave for up to a year - to organise and support our teams of volunteers and work with them to devise and deliver a varied programme of Carbon-reduction events. The role is 3 days per week, £19,500 pro rata pa, and you can find more details here. The closing date for application is Monday 2nd December, and interviews will be held on Monday 9th December.

Save our seeds - EU proposed law that would limit seeds for home growers

Following some revisions in Spring, the European Commision is pressing forward with a new law to regulate the sale of all seeds, plants and plant material. Every single variety of vegetable will have to be registered on an EU list, otherwise it will be illegal to sell it. To be registered on the list, seed varieties have to pass a series of tests demonstrating what is called DUS "Distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability". It costs nearly £3000 to test & register just one single variety of seed for sale. Although we have had a system like this for many years, there have been much simpler and cheaper options for what are considered ‘amateur varieties’ for home gardeners, and the rules have never been strictly enforced in the UK. The EU wants to get rid of these simpler and cheaper rules for ‘amateur’ seed, and make sure that every country enforces the rules 100%. Although they say there will be exceptions, in current drafts of the law these are very, very limited. The effect of this new legislation will be to massively limit the choice of vegetable varieties available to home gardeners. Read more about this issue and what you can do on The Real Seed Catalogue's page - the deadline for amendments is 4th December, and options include writing to our MEP and contributing to the UK government's consultation on this issue. More here.

That's all for this week - have a good week and hope to see you at some of these events!

Anna

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