On Saturday 30 November 24 Master Gardeners, Philip (Programme Manager) and Fiona (Co-ordinator) joined together for fruit and veg chat at the South London Botanical Institute in Tulse Hill, South London.
Cheerily delivered (how else?) Philip gave informative training on organic ways with pests, diseases, disorders and deficiencies, and our ever clever MGs chipped in with smart questions and their tips. We’d already been enjoying the delicious biscuits made by SLBI ‘stalwart’ member Sarah. And at lunch we were served by helper Lorcan a delicious, delicately-spiced tagine.
MGs gave 20 minute talks: Maria on the Horticultural Therapy course she’s doing at Pershore, Glenda and Paulette on their trip to an organic farm in Uganda, Joan on Hens at Home and her project to put them on the allotment, Kate on her experiences of ‘Bad Beekeeping’ and Helen on the ins and outs of compost toilets at community gardens.
MGs had seeds, garlic cloves and comfrey slips to share with the people they support. Julia who’s already started on the Food Growing in Schools: London project introduced herself and how MGs could develop their schools collaborations.
We also revelled in our Education and Learning Award, a beautifully made trophy. We’d kicked off the day with each MG’s fruit and veg highlight of the autumn: such a joy to hear all the learning and sharing that has been going on – click here to read the Autumn Highlights case study.
All in all a very happy day for us fruit and veg enthusiasts and I’m sure our households, schools, colleges, community gardens hostels and other places we support will feel the benefit very soon!
Come and meet us at Vauxhall City Farm’s Christmas Open Day this Sunday 8th Dec
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