Lots of Transition events to do with food this week and an exciting article about Growzones in the Cambridge News! And do check out CCF's new interactive food map and directory of local food producers and suppliers! (And I recommend the showing of the brilliant Story of Stuff and the launch of CCF's "Living well with less stuff" project on Wednesday.)
18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)
The meeting will start at 6:30; join us at 7.30 to discuss the exciting new idea of a Community Supported Bakery. Please come along if you are interested in locally sourced and co-operatively baked bread. All welcome!
19:30-21:30, Upstairs at CB2 Cafe 5/7 Norfolk Street CB1 2LD
GrowZones is a fun and practical way to help households grow food in their garden or allotment. It works by bringing around 6 households together to do some work on each other's gardens. It is open to all regardless of food growing experience or plot size. It is also a chance to learn about Permaculture which is a garden design system based on relationships seen in nature. This could be for you if you need help starting to grow food, are interested in permaculture and are free/can reciprocate in April and May 2012. Key dates: 15 March 7.30 -9.30 pm for a planning meeting for those who want to take part to agree the dates for working on each garden or allotment - upstairs at CB2 cafe 5/7 Norfolk Street CB1 2LD. The teams will be working on each others gardens on during April and May 2012. For more information contact Jane Brown on 0771 532 0886
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge
Ever thought about designing and building your own home? On your own it can seem a bit daunting. But working co-operatively with other like-minded people under the guidance of a team of professionals it seems doable. K1 is a new self-commissioning opportunity at Orchard Park, Cambridge. Around 40 householders will come together to shape their own homes and community. They'll be supported and guided through the next 18 months design and build process. K1 provides the chance for residents to create their own high standards in sustainable living and create unique indoor and outdoor community spaces. Adam Broadway will be at the Transition Cafe on Thursday 22nd March to explain and answer questions. For more information about K1, see their web-site here: www.cambridge-k1.co.uk.
10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments
Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are ideal for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the March session we will be sowing the various crops including the ground cover layer of the forest garden, building another raised bed, and tending early crops in the community polytunnel. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.
The Cambridge Transition Food Group is launching a project to develop a co-operative bakery using locally sourced ingredients and low carbon distribution. Please join us at 7.30 on Thursday 13th March in The Emperor Pub (upstairs room, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW). All ideas and know-how welcome!
Transition's Growzones project was featured in the Cambridge News and it will be on their website in due course. Click here and search for 'Grow Zones'. It's a practical mutual-help growing project which gives participants a headstart by working together on everybody's gardens in turn - to build raised beds, sort out fruit trees, weed, mulch, dig, whatever. There is a meeting on Thursday to plan the work for the next growing season - at CB2 Cafe in Norfolk Street. More info here.
Message from Amy: "I am putting in sound insulation using wool and have run out. I wonder does anybody have any left over that would save me buying a massive roll? I only need to cover 1 wall so about 8-10 squares will do. If you have any spare, please contact Amy. Many thanks!"
Cambridge Science Festival 2012 celebrates the Olympic and Paralympic Games with the theme ‘Breaking boundaries’. There are over 180 mostly free events to showcase the boundaries that are being broken in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Volcanoes, Antarctica, maths, nature, health, comedy, events for children and something for everyone. More details here.
18:00, Kettle's Yard
A pioneer of zero-carbon buildings and lifestyle, Bill will give a lecture illustrating the Zedfactory housing concepts such as the zero-carbon Kit House, the first terrace built in the UK to Code 6 sustainability standards, together with some of his current projects both here and abroad. Tickets: £10 (students £5) to include a glass of wine. E-mail organiser Michael Walton to book tickets.
19:00-21:00, Wesley Church, Octagon Room
As part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2012, we’ll be offering a Carbon Conversations taster session. Carbon Conversations is a 6 week course offered by our charity which covers all aspects of a carbon footprint, including travel, food, consumption and home energy. In this session we’ll calculate your Carbon Footprint, and take you through some sample activities. A perfect opportunity if you are curious about Carbon Conversations but don’t want to commit to a group just yet. Numbers limited, pre-booking essential: please send email More details here.
12:00-16:00, Hackney City Farm
The Community Composting Network have just started a project organising training for local food growers who are wanting to do some community composting. It's funded by the Local Food strand of the Big Lottery. They're running seminars to give information about the project and how people can get involved. The closest ones to Cambridge are at Hackney City Farm on Wednesday 14th March and Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 4th April. The seminars run from 12-4, and include free lunch - you need to book. More info on the community composting website. More details here.
18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street
A talk given by Professor Jorgen Randers, currently Professor of Climate Strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, where his work is concentrated on climate issues, scenario planning and system dynamics. He also serves on the sustainability boards of several companies. He has authored and co-authored several books and articles, notably the controversial The Limits to Growth (1972) with updates in 1992 and 2004. Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture Series. More details here.
19:30-21:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Aldren Wright Room
CCF is screening The Story of Stuff on Wednesday March 14th at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House. The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online film of all time. It is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. CCF will be screening this film, then facilitating a discussion on what will be the next chapter for each of us in our own “stuff stories.” This event coincides with the launch of CCF's blog on a year of Living Well with Less Stuff, so come along to find out more! Visit our website for more info. Although we prefer people to book, you can also come along on the night without booking.
20:00-22:00, The Stable Rooms, St Andrew's Church, Histon
Join us for a screening of 'One Degree Matters' - a film following social and business leaders as they travel to Greenland and experience for themselves the dramatic effects of the melting of the ice cap. With the latest scientific results from the Arctic, the film highlights how a further rise of global temperature of one degree really does matter. The screening will be followed by an active discussion and review, with tea or coffee and cakes. Free Admission. More details here.
07:30-15:30, Sidgwick Site Car Park CB3 9DD
Do you have some broken electrical and electronic stuff you have been meaning to deal with? Something with a plug or a battery? Here is an opportunity to recycle it free of charge and safely. Computers, mobile phones, video players, games consoles, microwaves, dishwashers, electronic toys, power tools, kettles, TVs, electric heaters, radios, MP3 players and more are all accepted. This event is sponsored by Cambridge City Council, Recycle for Cambridge, Love Cambridge. European Recycling Platform and the University of Cambridge. It is open to all residents, companies and organisations in the Cambridge area.
20:30-23:00, Graduate Union Cafe, 17 Mill Lane (check ->http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=graduate+union&hl=en&ll=52.201452,0.117706&spn=0.005254,0.009645&sll=52.198848,0.124738&sspn=0.042033,0.077162&vpsrc=6&hq=graduate+union&t=m&z=17&iwloc=A%5D%5D]] as it's a bit hard to find)
Inspired by a curiosity about people's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. The power of the film lies in its ability to motivate: it will move you to question the manager at your supermarket; it will move you to learn about food waste and its role in your community. In the end, you might even find yourself in a dumpster (aka large rubbish bin!). This film showing is free, all welcome. More info here.
17:15, LAB 003, East Rd Campus, Anglia Ruskin University
Charles Perry (co-founder of SecondNature - www.secondnaturepartnership.com - with a long track record in sustainability and climate change, working to transform organizations including Tesco, Barclays, ArjoWiggins, Lafarge, BP, GE, H&M and the UK government) will give the lecture; Dr Julian Huppert MP will respond; event hosted by Professor Michael Thorne Vice Chancellor. More details here.
19:30-20:30, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT
Join Aled Jones to explore: how do limits in the availability of certain resources impact on governments and business and what does this potentially mean for society, our pensions and our savings? This is a Science Festival event. More details here.
Milton Country Park
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
Duncan Catchpole, founder of Cambridge Organic Food Company will share the story of the company and discuss some of the challenges they’ve faced in developing a thriving organic box scheme. As the Cambridge Organic Food company are at the heart of the local organic community and work with a wide range of local and organic suppliers, he is extremely knowledgeable about the issues involved in local organic food. This will be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in good food and the wider issue of how a community can feed itself sustainably and well. Organised by Green Enterprise Community. Suggested donation £5. More details here.
19:30-21:30, St. Andrew's Hall, St. Andrew's Road
Could something as simple as sharing be a key remedy to hyper consumption and waste while building community at the same time? Traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting and swapping, redefined through technology and peer communities is transforming business, consumerism and the way we live! Join us for this exciting evening that includes guests from Zipcar, Life is a Gift, Lourish and more, to find out what exactly this powerful emerging economic force is and how you can engage with it in Cambridge. More details here.
CCF's Eating Local group has created an interactive map and listing of local food producers and retailers in and around Cambridge. The guide provides an overview of what local products are available where, as well as other helpful information, such as contact details, opening hours and a link to the producer/retailers' owners websites. If you know of more outlets, please contact the CCF office.
Such a variety of events to choose from - we are so lucky in Cambridge!