There's nothing better than learning by doing and we have several opportunities for you this week: learning to grow your own in Trumpington and learning how make a bee hive and look after bees in Milton. Plus if you'd rather make more use of the skills you already have, and earn yourself some benefit in kind, find out how by coming to this week's cafe on CamLETS.
18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD
All welcome at the Food Group's regular meeting. We'll be reviewing our activities, discussing our exciting new fruit-picking project that will be launched this coming Autumn and making plans for a fruit picking exploratory meeting on July 2nd. More details on this coming soon. 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.
10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments
Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are 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 sowing maincrop potatoes and/or beetroot and/or polyveg, weeding and tending fruit in the forest garden, building a raised bed and taking a look round the community polytunnel. Join in here. More details here.
10:30-17:00, Milton Country Park.
Dave will talk about sustainable bee keeping and the different sorts of top bar beehives available in the morning followed by a shared lunch. After that you will have the opportunity to build your own horizontal top bar hive. All materials supplied. Cost £65 for talk and hive, £10 talk only. Contact Nicky or call 07762 012 167 or via facebook page. More details here.
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge
Richard Robertson will introduce CamLETS - Cambridge Local Exchange and Trading System. CamLETS enables members to exchange skills by means of a sophisticated barter system. You get things done for yourself by doing things for other people. How it works: members list the services they offer in a directory. This allows you to buy and sell goods and advertise wants. Payments are made in a local currency ('Cams'), used only by members. Normally one hour's work is worth 10 cams. So, for example, you can earn 'cams' by teaching someone Dutch, and use them to pay someone else to baby-sit! The only sterling cost you pay is a small annual subscription to cover running costs. CamLETS now have an on-line payment system, as well as the more traditional paper cheque book. For more information and to join, come along to this cafe night or see their web-site: http://www.cam.letslink.org/. You can also read more about LETS schemes here: http://www.letslinkuk.net/.
18:20, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge
This is the UK premiere of this documentary made in 2010 and directed by Erik Schmitt. “More than a few have embarked on an around‐the‐world adventure; and some have even completed it, but no one has ever done so powered exclusively by the sun.” Meet Louis Palmer and his home-made “Solartaxi”. Chronicling an epic 18‐month adventure that spans the globe, this green road movie is full of surprises! More info about the film here. After the film, Yang Lu, Peter Mildon and Alex Robinson from the Cambridge University Eco Racing team will talk about building a solar car to take part in the cross-Australia solar race - you can read more about their project here. Tickets will be on sale on the Arts Picturehouse web-site and on the door at normal cinema prices. This film is being shown as part of the UK Green Film Festival 2013.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
Could you imagine learning outdoors, and a forest being a classroom as well as a place to play? Julie-Ann is near completing a training course on forest schools and will share with us what she has learned about what forest schools are like, how they work and the sorts of results they can have. Here's a quote - 'A forest school is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Participants of all ages enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and all weathers.' The format will be a talk plus plenty of time for questions and discussion. More info on forest schools here and Julie-Ann's course here.
15:00-17:00, Claire's House/garden
Claire will be hosting and showing us her one year old Forest Garden which is a work in progress within her suburban garden in Trumpington. The principle we will be focusing on is, "Observe and interact." This is important in any system. If we make a change and we like what happens as a result we need to be able to repeat it or if we don't like the change, then do something different. The latter is also a learning experience not a mistake! For directions, please contact Ceri and Dave. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
In 2010, the think tank New Economics Foundation voted Cambridge ‘number one clone town’, with a city centre full of bland national chainstores. Our speaker, Anne Prince, together with Andrew Houston and Steve Linford are 3 local residents and avid supporters of independent shops, so decided to tell the other side of the story by forming their own independent publishing company and producing Independent Cambridge, a guide to the many wonderful independent businesses in Cambridge. Anne will share their story, their vision for Cambridge’s future and their ideas for how to help bring this about. This will be of interest if you like discovering and supporting the wonderful “indies” in Cambridge, are interested in how to promote a more local sustainable future, or dream of publishing your own work As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants. Cost £5. More details here.
19:30-21:30, St. Andrew's Street Baptist Church (43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR)
Can we be live well with less stuff in our lives? How hard is it to consume less stuff in an age where consumption is so encouraged? At Living Well with Less Stuff, volunteers from Cambridge Carbon Footprint will share their experiences of challenging themselves to reduce their consumption for one year. This event will feature a panel discussion, a swap shop and stalls with tips and tricks for repair, sharing and more. The event is free but booking is required! For all the details please visit our website. More details here.
This will be a weekend of stories in beautiful ancient woodlands near Cambridge, also with hot tubs, saunas, dancing, and delicious food. There will be opportunities to tell stories as well as listen, and space to chill out and explore the woodland. The first Hare Moon festival will be a wonderful journey! Storytellers will include Hugh Lupton, Dave Tong, Marion Leeper and Liam Carroll. Full details and booking here.
19:30-21:00, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College
Mike Brown, Head of National Bee Unit, will give this talk which is organised by CSAR (Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. Non-members are welcome but a donation towards costs would be appreciated. More details here.
19:15-21:30, Girton Glebe Primary School, Cambridge Road, Girton CB3 0PN
What needs doing to make our homes more energy efficient and how will the Green Deal help? A free workshop aimed primarily at those involved in South Cambridgeshire's Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership, but open to all those interested in working to improve the quality and energy efficiency of homes in South Cambs. Findings from the recent Cambridgeshire Green Deal Pioneer Places project will be presented. Please book by emailing us or calling 01954 713395. More details here.
18:20-20:50, Arts Picturehouse
As part of the Green Film Festival, the Arts Picturehouse will be screening “Peak.” Cambridge Carbon Footprint will introduce this award-winning documentary and chair a post-film discussion with experts Dr Joe Smith (Senior Lecturer in Environment, the Open University) and Professor Peter Wadhams (Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group, University of Cambridge). This is what the makers say about the film: “The mountains are calling! Every year thousands of tourists flock to the white winter paradise of the mountains. Due to climate change and the lack of snow, it has been necessary to develop powerful technology in order to produce the ideal landscape. ‘Peak’ observes this process of transformation over the course of a year and asks vital questions about the relationship between nature and technology and our longstanding need for a paradise on earth..” More details here.
The local currency in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, south-west France, was featured in BBC Radio 4's "From Our Own Correspondent" (currently on iPlayer, it's the 2nd item, starting at 12m 41s). It's called the Abeille (meaning "bee"), and you can also read about it here on wikipedia. 1 Ab = 1 EUR, but it depreciates after 6 months, by 2% (demurrage). (We're still thinking about a local currency for Cambridge - get in touch if you're interested in either helping set this up or if you're a local business that would be interested in accepting a local currency.)
Have a great week!