Food

Stroud Potato Day all set for 4th February 2017

By |2017-01-17T12:48:14+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Grow your own, Stroud|Tags: , , , , |

Celebrate the humble potato once again at the seventh annual Stroud Potato Day on Saturday 4th February 2017. Run in conjunction with Transition Stroud the Potato Day aims to encourage more people to grow their own food, starting with potatoes! A variety of seed potatoes will be available at competitive prices and can be bought in [...]

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Vale Community Hospital Allotments progress updates

By |2019-02-04T09:22:39+00:00December 17th, 2016|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Gardening, Vale Hospital Allotments|Tags: , , |

It's been a very productive few months this autumn at the Vale Community Hospital Allotments in Dursley. Our new allotment tenants have begun planting and our flower borders are in. The first flower border we transformed looked beautiful until frosts earlier this month - lots of bright colours and we hope that next year will be [...]

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Selsley Community Growing Scheme open day part of Stroud Valleys Showcase

By |2019-02-04T09:02:15+00:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Allotments, Food, Fruit and veg, Gardening, Grow your own, Selsley|Tags: , , , |

On Monday 3rd October 2016 we welcomed around 20 visitors to an open day at our Selsley Community Growing Scheme as part of the fantastic Stroud Valleys Showcase. In the beautiful parish of Selsley, we are fortunate to be able to use some private allotments that had been neglected over the last 20 years. We decided [...]

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Stroud Potato Day 2016

By |2016-12-23T19:54:14+00:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Gardening, Grow your own|Tags: , , |

Potato Day 2016 was an even bigger success than the year before! In spite of the bad weather we had lots of interest and raised over £270 profit for Transition Stroud and Down to Earth. But more importantly we had many great conversations and heard from folk who have been inspired to grow more of their food [...]

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The Fruit Exchange 2015 annual report

By |2019-02-04T09:27:06+00:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Fruit Exchange|

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make The Fruit Exchange 2015 such a wonderful success. We are so proud of seeing how well it went, how much waste we prevented and all that gorgeous local, home-grown, fresh fruit being used up! We'd been aware for many years of the amount of fruit which goes [...]

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Part-time job opportunity (July-August)

By |2016-02-17T17:28:06+00:00June 8th, 2015|Categories: Food, Fruit Trees, Jobs and Positions|

Down to Earth are looking for someone to help us set up a new project from July, called The Fruit Exchange. From our experience of running a fruit project for three years, we know that there's a lot of surplus or unwanted fruit in gardens that could be used to encourage/support local food outlets to use [...]

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Jenner Court Raised Beds have started cropping!

By |2016-02-17T17:28:47+00:00June 4th, 2015|Categories: Food, SDC|

We've just received an update from Becky, Jenner Court Housing Estate site officer in Berkeley: "The residents are in full swing of making use of these raised beds and are currently enjoying their first lot of crops! They are starting to enjoy their first harvest of broad beans, peas, radishes and most importantly they have had [...]

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Tomato plants for our Vegetable plants sale April 25th

By |2015-07-31T11:13:55+01:00March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At Down to Earth, we try to promote seed saving and seed sovereignty as one method of developing our food security for the future. This year we have an even greater list of food plants available, many of which are from seeds we've saved ourselves. Over the next couple of years we hope to set up [...]

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Potato Day Update

By |2015-07-31T11:11:41+01:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Food, Gardening, SDC|Tags: , , , , , |

Remember our Potato Day back in February? The event didn't just help raise much-needed funds for Transition Stroud and Down to Earth Stroud but the leftover seed potatoes were donated (and kindly delivered by Amanda Godber) to two of the Councils' Sheltered Housing Schemes for their residents to grow. Below: Berkeley scheme manager Rebecca Woodward with [...]

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Fruit Tree Sale Success!

By |2015-02-17T21:15:52+00:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , , |

On the 14th of February, you may have seen Down To Earth volunteers at the Farmer’s Market in Stroud, with an array of fruit trees and bushes for sale. This is a great time of year to be thinking about tree planting – and we are lucky enough that the ground isn’t frozen! We had a [...]

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