What a hot and steamy Summer we're having! There's plenty to enjoy in the great outdoors this week, you can get down and dirty on the farm with Cropshare this coming Saturday (don't forget your sunhat and sunscreen) or take a leisurely stroll around Coldhams Common on the Wildlife Wanderings event. Or why not have a shot at winning a copy of Rob Hopkin's new book - the perfect activity for lazing around in the shade!
18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD
All welcome at the Food Group's regular meeting. We'll be making plans and reviewing our projects. This is our last formal meeting before the summer break. Note that we're meeting at CB2 restaurant - upstairs room, go towards the back of the building.
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 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.
11:00, Coldham's Common
Want to spend more time in Nature? Join our Wildlife Wanderings. A leisurely meander through Coldhams's Common, taking our time to observe the nature that is taking place around us. Meet at the gates to Coldham's Common, on Coldham's Lane, opposite Cromwell Road - map here. Bring a little notebook and pencil if you fancy starting a nature journal, we can show you how. Please bring hats, suncream, suitable shoes and water. And bring some simple healthy food to share, if you fancy staying for a picnic after. Free and open to everyone.
18:30-20:00, St. Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ
Eithne George is a director of ShareEnergy, a not for profit organisation which helps communities to set up and own their own renewable energy co-operatives. While she is in Cambridge she has offered to run a workshop just for us. This workshop now has representatives from five different potential projects. I'm afraid we can't accommodate any more projects, though if you are involved in one of the five then you will still be welcome. The five are: Transition Cambridge Energy Group, Transition Letchworth Energy Group, Reach Solar Farm, Cambridge WoodWorks and Emmaus. Please contact us if you would like to attend. More details here.
19:30-21:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street, upstairs
The food grower's circle is a food grower's support group, where people come together to discuss the trouble they are having in their gardens or allotments and collectively find solutions. So if you are being troubled by a pest, have plants that aren't performing as you would expect, or simply want to know when to harvest and how to store your bounty, then come along and join us for a natter. These meetings are free, friendly and informal. You'll find us upstairs, just look out for the Transition Cambridge logo.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
Come to the cafe this week for some inspiration! Stephanie has been leading this Transition Cambridge project based on edible landscaping, and this is an opportunity to hear all about it and see some inspiring transformations of public spaces. Previously neglected public spaces are now growing luscious harvests of fruit, herbs and veg right here in Cambridge. Check out this link for some of the work that's been done by the team. More details here.
11:00-16:00, Threshers Bush, Harlow Essex
Join the Permaculture group for a visit to a fruit farm. This is an interesting opportunity to see permaculture in action on a larger scale. Brief details here which will be updated in the next week or so, and you can also contact Dave Jackson
18:30-20:30 Upstairs at CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge*
Come to our second meeting, where we'll be developing our strategies for making good use of Cambridge's unwanted garden fruit. We're getting ready to make some harvest fun!* There are still plenty of ways to join in if you missed the last meeting, more info here. *
10:00-17:00, Parker's Piece, central Cambridge
This is the last of summer's big outdoor events on Parker's Piece. Come and visit the Transition stall - we're usually in the marquee with the fruit and veg judging competitions. Look out for our big banner! You can meet some friendly transitioners and find out more about what we're doing, including the new fruit harvest project. More info. If you can help out on the stall, contact us You might even want to enter a giant vegetable, or a jar of delicious jam in one of the Festival's competitions... See you there! More details here.
Fancy winning a book to read on the beach or in the park this summer? We have 5 copies of 'The Power of Just Doing Stuff' to give away. Just write 250 words telling us what inspires you about the Transition movement and/or Transition Cambridge. (You can find more info about the book via this link, we also have some copies to sell, which we'll bring along to our cafe nights.) The deadline is 1st August, and we'll notify the winners after that. Submit your entries here. We look forward to reading them! We hope to put some of the entries up on our website (with your permission). (This competition is open to everyone who lives, works or studies in Cambridge, or within 20 miles of Cambridge.)
A few ideas on buying local... At Rob Hopkins' talk in Swaffham, he mentioned a group that were encouraging people to pledge to spend £5 a week in a local business, as a way of supporting the local economy. This sounds a relatively easy thing to do in Cambridge, and there are a couple of recent initiatives to help. There is the Independent Cambridge web-site, which describes itself as "A guide to, and a celebration of, the City’s best independent traders, venues and events". It includes a directory of independent businesses in Cambridge (and there's also a booklet, available through their website). And then July is "Independent Retailers Month" in Cambridge (see news item in General News section), which includes various promotions. Buying local both supports the local economy and can help reduce carbon emissions by reducing the distance people and products have to travel.
A big thank you to everyone who came along and/or helped out at the festival this Saturday! It was great to see so many people interested in learning new skills, and we had lots of delicious cakes, and our little pop-up cinema looked great! Here are some photos of the day. And we'll hopefully be in the Cambridge News today, so keep an eye out for an article/picture of the festival!
I have some tomato plants (red and yellow), pumpkin and squash plants to give away (also some aubergines and celery, but it may be a bit late for the aubergines now and they probably need to be under glass too). I live on Suez Road, and could leave plants outside the front door for people to collect if you let me know you'd like them. (approx 8 of each type available). From Anna.
09:00, Cowdray Hall, Midhurst, West Sussex
Course info: With input prices spiralling, the use of simple, cost-effective biofertilisers, microbial additives and an array of integrated practices guarantee an improvement to producers’ bottom line. Learn how to make your own NPK with farm-made mixes that are oh so easy to make and so very cheap. Control problem fungi ahead of them occuring or know how to deal with them when they do. Build soils quickly and cost-effectively using the minimum input. Lead by Eugenio Gras (link in Spanish), a bio-fertilizer pioneer from Latin America (he also teaches courses for Designed Visions - English biography here). Full course details here as well as other courses on offer from Regenerative Agriculture.
19:00-22:00, Emmanuel United Reformed Church
Join The Liberated Feast for a night of beautiful food, music and talks to enlighten and inspire. Share a gourmet 3 course meal, created from surplus food that has been donated by Cambridge food stores, food that would otherwise have been wasted. More details here.
Online and community venues
Would you like to have your voice heard in shaping the future of Cambridge? Maybe you feel passionately about what's happening where you live, new housing, low-carbon buildings, food-growing spaces, biodiversity, cycling? The City Council's draft Local Plan 2014 is now going through its final round of community consultation. There are exhibitions in community venues all around the city and in some of the nearby villages during the consultation period (find dates and venues via the link below) - and of course you can comment online too. Participate in this important consultation - it's your chance to give your views and shape the future! Full info here.
5pm on Friday till Sunday, Ringsfield Eco Centre, Suffolk, NR34 8JR
This gathering is for all those interested in permaculture in East Anglia/East of England. There will be workshops, a ceilidh and much much more. Check out the Facebook page for more information or on the permaculture website. There are only 100 places so early booking is essential.
14:00-15:30, St. Andrew’s Hall (St. Andrew’s Road, Chesterton) CB4 1DH.
Swishing is clothes swapping with style. Participants bring a few items of good quality, clean clothing, and get to take home a few items of their choosing from others (it doesn’t have to be a direct exchange). One person’s item that just doesn’t fit anymore or turned out to not be the right colour after all is someone else’s favourite new item in waiting; swishing just makes the exchange happen! One almost always comes away from a swishing with some fabulous new clothes that are even cheaper than they would be in a charity shop, sometimes barely worn, while relieving yourself of the guilt of those old items you never wear! It’s the perfect way to rejuvinate your wardrobe and give existing clothes new life. Please book a place by email. Despite the trend of mostly women taking part in swishings, we do welcome men’s, kids and baby clothes too!
10:30-17:00. Details of venue on booking.
Hear about how to keep bees sustainably and build your own top bar hive. £65 including all materials for talk and hive build, £10 talk only. Booking via CambridgeGreentech on face book, email or call Nicky on 07762012167
18:30, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge
The Moo Man tells the remarkable story of a maverick farmer and his unruly cows, filmed over four years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels. In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets, and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd. However farmer Hook's plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows. The result is a laugh-out-loud, emotional roller-coaster of a journey. "Heart warming, a tearjerker of a movie about the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside." Watch the trailer here or read more about the film here. Made by Andy Heathcote and Martin Bachelier, this film was part of the selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The date of the film is listed on the film web-site here but does not yet show up on the Arts Picturehouse web-site. The film will be followed by a question and answer session.
Cambridge Hub (a student group) is in the process of writing a guide to sustainable and ethical living in Cambridge for new students. They would love to hear your pro-tips for getting involved in volunteering, campaigning and social enterprise (particularly in ways that are accessible to students) as well as ways to reduce your carbon footprint and get more involved with local projects. If you think you can help, even if it's just a few lines, drop them an email.
From 4th - 31st July 2013, Cambridge BID Limited in partnership with Cambridge Edition is proud to deliver Independent Retailer Month 2013. Working with retailers in the city centre, there are a whole host of offers, competitions, prizes and much more for you to enjoy throughout July! Click here for more information.
You are warmly invited to participate in a survey about the motivations of people who take action to combat climate change, and to let others know who might be interested. The questionnaire asks about concern about climate change, actions that people may be taking to combat it, and motivations for action, including any significant life experiences that have led to concern about climate change and engagement with the issue. Here is the questionnaire. Participants can choose to submit their email address to be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five £50 vouchers (type to be chosen by winners). The survey is anonymous; email addresses (if submitted for the draw or to receive a report of the research findings) will be kept separate from the data. If you would like any more information about this study, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher, Rachel Howell, at Aberystwyth University (by email or phone: 01970 622608).
That's all for this week, stay cool and happy in the sunshine!