A couple of great outdoors food-growing events this week, both on Saturday, so let's keep our fingers crossed the weather isn't too bad!: Cropshare, and Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington. On Thursday there's a chance to get involved with the exciting new skills-share project 'Greeniversity' and there are still one or two places on Cambridge Carbon Footprint's ever-popular Eco-Renovations in Progress next Monday.
18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)
This is the Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - on the agenda will be our current projects.
This will be our first meeting to discuss how we will bring the Greeniversity idea to Cambridge. Everyone is welcome! (Please contact us for details of venue.) Greeniversity is about people getting together to learn green skills from other local people who have skills they are willing to share. All sessions are free or low cost; sessions can range from how to grow your own veg, knitting or customising charity shop clothes, servicing your bike or insulating your loft. You could take a one off lesson or a five week course – Greeniversity is very flexible. The idea is to have fun and meet new people while you learn how to be a little greener. You can see what Peterborough's Greeniversity is like here. We'll be looking for people who'd like to offer sessions, starting in September, so get in touch if you'd like to offer something!
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! Fill in this form 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 July session we will check progress of the polyveg, mulch beds and forest garden, tend tomatoes and curcubits, prepare for some autumn sowings, do lots of weeding, and lots of harvesting (bring a bag!) Join in here. Book soon as spaces are limited. Please note: I am not currently (10th July) sure that I can make 21st July. Please get in touch if you would like to come, we can discuss alternative dates if necessary.
19:30-21:00, Venue off Chesterton Road
A few of us are starting to think about the idea of a community woodland. If you're interested, join us for an informal discussion about options in and around Cambridge. Also we'd love to hear from anyone who knows of potential spaces where we could plant some trees and/or create a community woodland. Please get in touch if you'd like to come and for details of venue.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road
We will be reviewing the Energy Fair and planning our next event, plus other events coming up and blue sky initiatives. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge
Come and learn how to revitalise old clothes by stencilling on new designs - you can cut out the design yourself and then paint through it onto t-shirts/trousers/bags or any other material. Bring your own clothes if you'd like (we'll bring some too that you can experiment with). This session will be lead by Beejal Parekh - here are some photos of doing this at Strawberry Fair. Free, open to everyone!
Transition Cambridge traditionally takes August off to give all of us a chance to rest after a busy few months organising lots of events and stalls. We'll be back in September with lots more exciting events and projects! If you'd like to get more involved, that will be a good time to come along and find out more, and perhaps choose a project or group to join. Have a great summer!
19:30-21:00, Emmanuel United Reform Church, 72 Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR
For most people space heating is by far the biggest use of energy in the home. Are you heating more of your house than you need? Is it warmer or cooler than you want it? Does the heat from your radiators go straight our of your window? If you would like tips on managing your heating, or if you'd like to know what the latest in heating controls can do, come to 'Managing your home heating' and ask our experts: Peter Thom from Green Heat and Laurence Hardwick from Homaetrix, plus experienced householders. More details here.
14:00-14:00, The Cambridge Museum of Technology, the Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8LD
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.
10:00-12:00, Cambridge Sustainability Centre
In this hands-on course you will learn how to build an oven out of the earth beneath your feet. You'll find out how to test for the right soil mix, how to shape the oven and build the walls, how to fire it and cook in it. You'll get to bake a pizza for your dinner, and learn how to use cob. We hope you'll leave feeling empowered that pretty much wherever you go in the world you'll be able to build an oven with what you find around you! More details here.
11:00-18:00, Cecil Sharpe House 2 Regents Park Road London, NW1 7AY
All about Urban Permaculture. There'll be people coming from all over the UK to give talks & workshops, share news & skills, and learn more about permaculture with people who are building an inspiring and sustainable future. See more info about the festival here. If you want to travel to the event with others from Transition Cambridge Permaculture Group and find out more about the Cambrdge group network, Dave Jackson will be catching the 9:45 train to London, and you can meet him on the platform from 9.30am - all welcome. Please let Dave know if you plan to come (or ring him on 01223 840602).
19:30-21:30, Bermuda Road
Due to popular demand, Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Eco Renvovation in progress events continue this summer with a look at two adjacent Victorian Cottages on Bermuda Road (full address given upon booking). Experts Anne Cooper of AC Architects and Alex Rice of Efficient Ideas will take groups on a tour to explore renovations that have already been done and give their recommendations for future work as well. Booking is essential! Email us to reserve your spot today! More details here.
10:00-16:00, Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey CB24 4RS
Jacky Sutton-Adam will be leading this practical course on how to make the most of seasonal fruit and vegetable gluts with chutneys, pickles and jams. The course will include the essential knowledge to create successful and flavoursome preserves and avoid spoilage. All materials and ingredients supplied. Price: £44 /£37 concessions. To register and book a place, complete the online form here.
Permaculture is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, and communities. The course will be led by Hannah Thorogood, and will include an introduction to permaculture, observation of natural systems and how they relate to us, using some tools of permaculture design. The course aims to inspire you to be the change you want to see in the world, and is a chance to get to know like-minded people. Cost: £70 (£50 concessions) for the weekend. Booking is essential, please email, or phone 01767 3138978. Poster here.
The Industry Food Waste Audit Proposal is a research project, supported by a range of organisations including Foodcycle, Forum for the Future, Fabian Society, BRASS, Love Food Hate Waste, Kerry McCarthy (MP Bristol East). The project will be mentored by Geoff Tansey and supported by Sean Roberts of the Food Ethics Council. In a nutshell, the aim is to measure perceived costs and/or savings of introducing an industry wide food waste audit. The project will interview focus groups of food experts in industry, to gauge responses to the idea of introducing a mandatory industry wide food waste audit. The IFWAP project will inform future This is Rubbish campaigns. We are looking for three people to join the team: a Research Consultant, a Research Coordinator and a Project Intern. All roles are part time - have a look at the website for Job Descriptions. Closing date 30th July. Contact Rachel if you have any questions.
Cambridge City Council are inviting responses to the current consultation on the draft Cambridge Climate Change Strategy & Action Plan 2012-2016. In 2008, the Council produced a four-year Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and it is now time to revise it. We would love to hear your views, comments and suggestions on the draft of the new strategy, which you can view here. If you wish to submit a response to the consultation, please download the form from the same link, and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a hard copy to the postal address provided. The deadline for response submissions is Wednesday 5th September. If you would like to be part of a joint Transition Cambridge submission, please get in touch.
Patrick Chalmers gives an insider's account of our media's complicity with power. An ex-Reuters reporter, he relates how getting into and out of conventional journalism opened his eyes to the realities of his chosen career. On the way he found how mainstream media, including his former employer, were far from being the public watchdogs of power they like to pretend. Quite the opposite – the bulk of their work blinds people to their powerlessness in the face of modern politics, at every layer of government. Yet this is a hopeful story, including a plan for how people can make their own media and lay claim to their political voices. Amongst other topics, he considers the failed politics and media coverage of climate change, leading into what people can do locally to try to remedy the situation (see his recent blog post on this topic). For more info, see Patrick's website http://fraudcastnews.net/ (where you can also download his book for free), his blog, Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @Patrick Chalmers.
If you didn't hear it, it's worth trying to catch yesterday's Food Programme on BBC iPlayer. It's about regenerating high streets through food markets and locally produced food produce outlets, as well as an item on Incredible Edible Todmorden. It's also worth checking out the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England's web site, which has just produced a report on local food - you can also take part in their local food challenge, and have a look at their local food mapping project (article on this here).
The work of community wood recyclers, including Cambridge Wood Works, based just outside Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire, was recognised at this year's National Recycling Awards when their lead body, the National Community Wood Recycling Project, was named Materials Recycler of the Year in the small and medium-sized enterprises category.
Hoping you find something to interest you amongst all these exciting events. Enjoy your summer whatever the weather!