Newsletter20120910

Hi Everyone

Lots of food-related events coming up! You can be an organic farmer for a day with Cropshare and visit the Transition stall at the Food Show next Saturday, and there are two great events to book for: the Cropshare harvest party this Saturday and the exciting Eat Buy Local food event on Saturday 21st - a collaboration between Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint: as well as hearing from local producers, you can have a meal and hear about the progress of the Eating Local project.

And don't forget the national Transition Network Conference this coming weekend!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 11 September: Food Group meeting
  • 14-16 September: Transition Network Conference 2012
  • Saturday 15 September: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 15 September - Sunday 16: Transition stall at the Food, Garden and Produce show (+ help wanted)
  • Saturday 15 September: CropShare Harvest Party
  • Thursday 20 September: Newcomers evening
  • Friday 21 September: Eat Buy Local
  • Fri-Sat 28-29 Sep 10am - 4pm: Grafton Centre Eco-event with TC stall (+ help needed)
  • Can you help at the Food and Produce Fair this weekend?
  • Community Art Garden
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Tuesday 11 September:Public meeting about proposed Business Improvement District for central Cambridge

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 13 September: Talk by Nicole Foss about peak oil and the economy
  • Sunday 16 September: The Good Food March and Food Sovereignty
  • Wednesday 19 September: Workshop: 2030 vision for transport in the Cambridge sub-region
  • Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Sept: Permaculture course at Dunton Community Garden
  • Sunday 23 September: Milton Produce Show
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 11 September: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW

The Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be talking about Food Sovereignty, and debating whether to adopt the 6 Nyeleni principles. We'll also be finalising our plans for the Food, Garden and Produce Festival on 15-16 September.

14-16 September: Transition Network Conference 2012

19:30, Battersea Arts Centre, London

This year's conference will take as its theme "Building resilience in uncertain times". And it's in London, so relatively easy to get to! Here's more info.

Saturday 15 September: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

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.

Saturday 15 September - Sunday 16: Transition stall at the Food, Garden and Produce show (+ help wanted)

10:00-17:00, Parker's Piece, central Cambridge

Come and visit the Transition stall at the Food, Garden and Produce show. We'll have Cropshare produce available (for donations), as well as a display of our projects and some friendly Transitioners to talk to! If you can help out, please contact us. You could take a turn on the stall (with others), donate garden produce or small plants. The show is Cambridge's big early autumn event - you can also enter your own produce in their competitions (Transitioners won several cash prizes last year...). More details here.

Saturday 15 September: CropShare Harvest Party

17:00, Willow Farm, Lode, CB25 9HF

Come to CropShare's annual harvest celebration down on the farm! Bring a bottle and something to put on the BBQ, other food and drink will be provided. We'll have a live band, allotment bonfire, and activities: Felt making, Wool spinning, Grind your own rye flour from our home grown grain, Kids straw fun. There are spaces for camping overnight - please get in touch to book. £5 suggested donation. See you there!

Thursday 20 September: Newcomers evening

19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Come and find out what the Transition movement is all about, what we get up to in Cambridge, and how you can get more involved! We'll show the first Transition film "In Transition", followed by a short presentation of our current projects, and then time for questions and answers and a chance to meet people. All welcome, free.

Friday 21 September: Eat Buy Local

19:00-21:00, St Andrew's Hall, St Andrew's Road, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

An exciting evening to celebrate local food! There will be a light meal made from local seasonal ingredients and short talks from local producers, including Waterland Organics, CamCattle, Hawthorn Farm, CamBake, Cambridge Country Market. You will also hear from members of Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Eating Local project, which is celebrating one year of eating local food - the highs and the lows! Come along for a delicious and fascinating evening! A collaboration between Cambridge Carbon Footprint and the Transition Food Group. Book your place now by email or phone 01223 301842. More details here.

Fri-Sat 28-29 Sep 10am - 4pm: Grafton Centre Eco-event with TC stall (+ help needed)

10:00-16:00, Grafton Centre Great Court

Last year this event was called Live Green and it was great fun. There were stalls from CCF, Recycling, Cambridge Wood works, a live cooking competition and a smoothie cycle. This year the energy group are putting on a stall - this is a 2-day event and we need lots of volunteers so if you could help us out for a few hours please let us know. We are especially short of people on the Friday - we won't not be able to run the stall on both days unless we get some more help!

Can you help at the Food and Produce Fair this weekend?

We are a little short of volunteers for the Transition Cambridge stall at the Food, Garden and Produce Show this coming weekend on Parker's Piece, 15/16th September - can you help? The times we need help are on Saturday afternoon between 1.00pm and 5.00pm and Sunday afternoon between 1.30pm and 5.00pm. If you can only do a couple of hours in these time frames that would help. We'll be chatting with visitors about Transition Cambridge's work, giving out leaflets and taking donations for the produce. Please email Jacky with any offers of help. Thank you!

Community Art Garden

Cambridge Art Salon has a small plot of land we are keen to turn into a community art garden in the heart of Romsey. Looking for a volunteer garden co-ordinator and gardeners to turn the land into a veggie patch and green space with art, installation and a possible mural. All ideas welcome!!! Contact us by e-mail or phone 07969918355.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Tuesday 11 September: Public meeting about proposed Business Improvement District for central Cambridge

7.30 - 9.00pm The Meeting Hall, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

This public meeting will discuss the proposed Business Improvement District for Central Cambridge - will it further the "Clone Town", reducing opportunities for local traders? Current moves to implement a BID (Business Improvement District) in central Cambridge are raising concerns about diversity in our city. The loss of diversity in urban centres is already a national problem with public space moving into the hands of private or public/private partnership companies. Remaining streets such as Mill Road in Cambridge may offer the only experience of variety, unexpected encounters and a sense of ‘real’ place as people shop from the independent traders who are part of their community. Currently the Cambridge BID (CBBID) is set to be decided upon by business interests only. Questions have been raised about accountability to the public. More information on BIDs in a report for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by Anna Minton and about the Cambridge BID. Organised by Mill Road Society. Mill Road Society is actively promoting independent shopping in Cambridge.

Other News and Events

Thursday 13 September: Talk by Nicole Foss about peak oil and the economy

19:30-21:30, Venue to be confirmed.

Nicole Foss will be visiting Cambridge this week, and has offered to give a talk on peak oil and its likely repercussions. Peak oil and the collapse of global finance are a "perfect storm" of converging phenomena that threaten to sink our age of prosperity. Nicole will discuss the many converging factors that are contributing to the multi-faceted predicament that we face, and how to prepare for the future. Nicole Foss is a former contributing editor to the Oil Drum, and now blogs under the name Stoneleigh at The Automatic Earth. More info here. If you would like to come, please send Matthew your e-mail address and he'll then confirm the time and place later this week.

Sunday 16 September: The Good Food March and Food Sovereignty

12:00-18:00, Norwich

The fate of our food and our farmers is being debated in Brussels. For the first time, the reform of European agriculture will be decided by both the European Parliament and national Governments. This is our chance to demand a Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) that delivers good food and good farming. This summer, farmers, allotment holders, food lovers, campaigners, and health workers from across Europe will march to Brussels by foot, bicycle or tractor. The Good Food March Norwich is calling for Food Sovereignty in the UK, Europe and worldwide. The Good Food March Norwich will take participants through several local food projects in Norwich. Join the cycle route or join by car/foot. Full info here.

Wednesday 19 September: Workshop: 2030 vision for transport in the Cambridge sub-region

18:30, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA

Come and give us your innovative ideas for what sort of transport system the sub-region should have in 2030. The discussion will be led by David Cleevely, with introductory talks by Dearbhla Lawson on the view from the County Council, and Dick Jarvis on the view from the Federation of Small Business. See http://www.cambridgeppf.org/vision/9/ for background information. Please email to confirm your place or telephone Nigel Bell on 01223 243830 ext. 205.

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Sept: Permaculture course at Dunton Community Garden

09:00-17:00,

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 313898. Poster here.

Sunday 23 September: Milton Produce Show

11:30-15:30, Milton Country Park

NOTE NEW DATE! Milton's village produce show, now in its fourth year, with categories for fruit, veg, flowers, home produce, handicrafts and photography, plus categories for children. It's fun, very informal and open to all - why not have a go at entering? Part of the Milton Country Park Food, Farming and Countryside Event. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Lots to finding out about or getting involved with! Have a great week!

Bev

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