Tool Appeal 2017

To kick off the new year, January was devoted to realigning the beds at Vegmead Edible Garden with our new design plan. Not much has changed — it’s still a circle! — but we’ve brought back a little symmetry and valiantly fought back against the impact of 6 years of gravity on the beds. Sadly, we had to bid farewell to a very woody rosemary shrub in the process.

The New Year has brought with it new enthusiastic volunteers, and we couldn’t be more excited! However, this made it all the more clear that despite being full of spirit, Vegmead is severely limited by our lack of tools. Our weekly sessions continue to rely heavily on our more seasoned volunteers bringing their own tools from home.

That of course brings us to our 2017 Tool Appeal!

Each day from Jan 30th to Feb 3rd, we’ll be posting a video call out for donations, on all of our social media platforms, for a specific tool. Keep an eye out on our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the website to see if we’re in search of a rake or a ride-on mower!

In all seriousness, Vegmead hopes to continue providing the opportunity for anyone who’s interested in gardening to get their hands dirty and to learn a thing or two about growing and enjoying their own food. In a time where we’re confronted with increasing food insecurity, the continued use of unsustainable farming practices and threats to public green spaces, we hope to play a small role in a much larger movement of local food growing.

To be a part of this community and to create positive learning experiences for volunteers we require the tools  — literal garden tools — to make this happen! Properly equipped with these tools, we hope to offer fun, collaborative learning opportunities to strengthen both our geographic and local food movement communities.

Please help us keep Vegmead thriving so that we might continue learning, teaching and contributing to our communities.

We would be grateful for any donation of tools, whether old or new.

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The Vegmead remodel is coming

It’s the end of an incredible year for Vegmead and while we’re taking time to reflect on the events of the last 12 months, we’re also looking ahead to 2017.

The summer of 2016 saw the garden threatened with removal and the formation of Vegmead Community Group to campaign for it to remain in Hedgemead Park and to plan for a productive future. The strength of feeling from the surrounding community meant that we received nearly eighty messages of support. We featured several times in the Bath Chronicle and in an ITV South West television report. On 15th September we received news that the Council had changed their mind and that Vegmead was remaining in Hedgemead Park. It was a very intense seven weeks and all of us went on a steep learning curve.

The months since have seen us out and about meeting other food growers in Bath and making connections across the city and beyond. We’re now ready to apply for funding so we can increase the number of volunteers we can accommodate. We’re desperately in need of garden tools (we have a few old rusty implements). If you have any garden tools that need a new home please email us at vegmead@gmail.com. We’ll give them a wonderful second life!

Now that 2017 is upon us we’re ready to undertake an extensive remodel of the site. After 5 years Vegmead is in need of a refresh and January will see us re-shaping the beds and paths. We’ll also be asking local people what they’d like us to grow at Vegmead across the 2017 growing year. We always welcome new volunteers and if you’d like to help out do get in touch via our Facebook page or via email at vegmead@gmail.com

Stay in touch with developments via our Facebook page and via our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Thank you all for your support over 2016 and we look forward to meeting you at Vegmead in the New Year.

Tim, Adam, Oli, Alastair, Beth, Nat, Erica, Tom, Katherine, Jon, Emma, Tom, Joe, Jodie, Helena and Sarah

 Vegmead Community Group

Autumn with Rodney

The grass at Hedgemead Park is now covered with a carpet of fallen leaves and most of our produce from this growing (and turbulent) year has been harvested. We still have spicy leaves and winder hardy spring onions available though.

Over a month on from hearing that the Council had changed its mind about the removal of Vegmead we find that the site goes from strength to strength. We have a growing membership and have been asked to give talks and attend networking events. The Save Vegmead campaign raised our profile enormously and we’ve made lots of new friends and connections.

Over the winter we’ll be using our growing plan for next year, developed by the wonderful Emma Bond of Bath Garden Design, to remodel the site and prepare for a bountiful 2017. We’re also on the lookout for funding to enable us to realise our aim of engaging a wider section of the community and supporting them to develop knowledge and skills.

And so…. as the days shorten and weather cools we hope that you’ll be able to join us for a spot of digging, raking, eating and cloud spotting. Rodney, our resident rhubarb, is keen to welcome you to Vegmead, and so are we!

Keep an eye on our facebook page for the dates of our gardening sessions and other activities and events.img_2572

 

 

 

Marrows at a Council meeting

We’re looking forward to the vegetable giveaway we’ll be doing tomorrow- fancy a free marrow?

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The Council are meeting tomorrow, Thursday 15th September at 6.30pm and Vegmead Community Group will be outside the Guildhall from 5.30pm giving away free vegetables to highlight our Save Vegmead campaign and to promote community food growing in Bath.

We’ll be heading into the Council meeting at 6.30pm where we’ll be watching one of our supporters question the Council about their decision to remove Vegmead from it’s current location.

Come along and show your support, we hope to see you there!

Beth, Tim, Jo, Alastair, Adam, Jon, Tom, Emma, Jodie, Oli, Nat, Helena & Sara
Vegmead Community Group

Raspberries Galore

As we head towards Autumn Vegmead is still producing soft fruit on a daily basis. After 4 weeks of blackcurrants we’ve had three weeks of raspberries and they are delicious. Vegmead’s fruit harvest this year has included strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, rhubarb and gooseberries.   It’s wonderful to visit the site on my way home from work and pick a few raspberries plus a few salad leaves for dinner. The raspberries have been popular with children too. A week or so ago I met a woman and her grandson picking the fruit at Vegmead. She told me that she often visits the site and recently her grandson has been going straight to the raspberries and picking as much of the fruit as he could reach. It was great to see the site serving its community purpose and bringing enjoyment to local people. 13895029_1051557348268248_7731890940141670580_n