Cloudy skies still the order of the day at the moment so why not take some time to visit some of the events in this week's diary! On the other hand, those that were planning to visit NIAB tomorrow should note that the ground isn't ready for the influx of curious hordes so the trip has been postponed.
The visit to NIAB which was planned for Tuesday has been postponed - the ground is so waterlogged that the fields are inaccessible (even in wellies!). So the visit will be rescheduled - keep an eye on the website for the new date (and let's hope the weather is kind!)
19:00-21:00, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge
What do we want Cambridge to look like in 2030 and what role will Transition Cambridge play in bringing that vision to life? This will be the first of two events* leading to the creation of Transition Cambridge's Energy Descent Action Plan. Bring your ideas and dreams for a sustainable Cambridge to this exciting landmark event! Facilitated by Transition's own Liz Serocold and Jane Brown. (*the second event is scheduled to take place in June and will deal with backcasting and creating a timeline for achiveing our vision).
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. This Saturday, CropShare will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10am to 12.30am, 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. We'll be holding farm work days throughout the season - so watch this space! Email us if you would like to be take part this weekend, we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.
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 May session we will be planting tomatoes, tending established outdoor and polytunnel crops, checking the progress of polyveg and mulch beds created during last month's Permaculture Gardening Course, harvesting lettuce and other salad crops (bring a bag!) and hopefully building another raised bed. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.
19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
We are a group of permaculture enthusiasts who meet up regulary. We visit permaculture related projects in the local area, and sometimes help each other with practical tasks, show films, stalls at local events and run permaculture courses. At our next meeting we’ll make plans for visits and meetings for the next few months, and discuss how our permaculture practice is developing. All welcome. For more info, see our website here or contact Ceri and Dave.
19:45-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge
Stephen Lawrence will give a short introduction to local currencies, considering how they work and how they need to link to other systems in order for them to be useful. Stephen is a long term member of Camlets and has given several talks on this topic, e.g. at the Alternatives to Economics conference and to the Occupy movement. There will be lots of time for questions and answers and we will also discuss whether the time is right to start thinking about a local currency for Cambridge. There are some more links on local currencies here.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road
We will be planning our next event, plus other events coming up and blue sky initiatives. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
10:00-17:00, Midsummer Common (our stall will be near the bridge on Victoria Road)
Come along to find out more about Transition Cambridge at our stall (there'll be the usual supply of free courgette plants available!), or take part in one of our mini-workshops (all free or by donation) including making a solar panel, keeping chickens, grow your own veg, knitting and probably a couple more (more details to follow, with times of the different workshops). We're also looking for a couple more people to help on the stall - let us know if you'd like to do this!
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge
"The Man who Planted Trees" by Jean Giono is a beautiful and inspiring story of a man who planted a whole forest in France, and how it turned the land from a barren wasteland into a living place. The story was turned into an animated film in 1987 by Frédéric Back and it earned a number of awards. Following the film, we'll hear from Liz Serocold about the Trees for Life programme which has been planting trees in the Scottish Highlands since 1989. So far they have planted 800,000 trees and have helped to restore 4,500 hectares. We'll finish by discussing opportunities for tree planting closer to home. If you know of any suitable areas for tree planting in and around Cambridge, please come along or get in touch! This event is free and is open to everyone. The Transition Cafe is open from 7pm, and is a great way to find out more about Transition activities and to meet others involved in Transition Cambridge.
10:00-18:00, Parker's Piece, central Cambridge
Come and visit the Transition stall at the Town and Country fair, and meet some friendly transitioners. Food will be the main theme, and we will have veg plants for grow-your-own fans. Cambake, the community bakery project, is promising samples of delicious fresh bread too. More details here.
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge
Mike founded Ecochoice in 2005 to promote the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified hardwoods to the UK construction industry. A Brazilian born, he’s visited the Amazon to see how illegal loggers work for soya, palm and cattle farm barons as well as the few initiatives of sustainable logging. Together with the FSC he promotes the use of different and unknown species to architects, contractors, local and central government agencies. The talk will focus on how sustainable logging in the Amazon works and why or how it should be supported.
19:00-21:00, Emmanuel URC on Trumpington Street
If you want ideas on how to reduce your energy use at home, this event is for you. Insulation, renewable energy, energy monitors - come and talk to a range of commercial suppliers as well as charity/non-profit organisations offering independent advice. More details here.
Stalls - we'll have stalls at Strawberry Fair (2 June) and the Town and Country Fair (16-17 June) - get in touch if you'd like to help for a couple of hours
Garden share coordinator - join the coordinating group to keep this project alive and kicking. If you could spare an hour or two on a regular basis to help, e-mail Ann Mitchell for more details (also see here). It's a wonderful way of promoting veg growing and community!
We hope to include this section on a regular basis to let us know if there are other Transition projects that you are looking for some help with!
Transition Cambridge is now four years old, and we celebrated on Saturday with a showing of the new film 'In Transition 2.0' and a wonderful party. Thanks to everyone who joined the celebrations, and to everyone who helped - cake-makers, bread-bakers, tea-people, stall-holders, and those who washed up afterwards! We hope the film has inspired you to get involved - as you can see there are lots more events coming up! And for those who missed the film, we'll be showing it again soon - it's a really inspiring collection of Transition stories from all around the world.
14:00-14:00, The Cambridge Museum of Technology
An exhibition looking at the past, present and future of waste provision in Cambridgeshire including the historical use of burning rubbish to fire the boilers at the Museum of Technology. More details here.
18:30-18:30, Fen End Farm, Cottenham
Permaculture is a way of designing human habitats based on patterns found in nature, using them to our advantage without exploiting them. Find out why so many people are now using this guiding set of principles and ethics, not only in gardening, but in communities, livelihoods and other areas of life. Permaculture can be used at any scale; you do not have to have a piece of land, or even a window box to be able to apply it. More details here.
Once again, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is organising Open Eco Homes - on 12-13 and 26-27 May. This year there are 25 homes in Cambridge and surrounding villages - a wide range of house-types, renovation measures and budgets. You can find out which homes are open when on the website - the most popular get booked up quite quickly, so get your skates on if you'd like to visit a particular house. More details here.
10:00-16:00, Milton Country Park, Cambridge
Come and learn how to make your own herbal remedies. This will be a great extension to our regular herb walks! We will be foraging and collecting plants growing wild in the beautiful countryside of Milton Country Park. We will learn about the plants as foods, medicines and make some seasonal herbal preparations. You will take home some herbal remedies made by yourself and lots of inspiration! To find out more see our website and e-mail us to book a place. Cost £55. Organised by Of People and Plants.