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February 2019

Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Trumpinton Allotments Cambridge, + Google Map

Join Dave Fox at Trumpington allotments. Novices and experienced growers are all welcome - this is a mutual sharing rather than a lesson. Help spread compost and prepare for sowing the no-dig beds. Weather permitting you will be sowing parsnips & more. You'll also be able to have a look around the community polytunnel and/or the forest garden and maybe do some pruning of apple & pear trees. Take produce home with you (please bring bags). Expect kale, chard &…

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CropShare – Be an organic farmer for a day!

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day... This week you can have fun helping out on the farm from 10:00am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.00, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join CropShare for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Family friendly, everyone is very welcome! See CropShare's website to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun,…

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Linking biodiversity conservation with agricultural sustainability

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street
Cambridge, CB2 3QZ United Kingdom
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Hosted by Cambridge Conservation Initiative this seminar by Professor Pamela Matson from Stanford University will discuss the role of agricultural sustainability  in biodiversity conservation research and action. The talk is open to anyone to attend and will take place in the Large Seminar Room, Level 1, of the David Attenborough Building. It will be followed by a wine reception in the David Attenborough Building Common Room where attendees have a chance to meet the speaker informally. More details at http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/110623.  …

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March 2019

Cambridge Growing Spaces Castle Garden clean-up

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garden next to 18 Castle Row, on Castle Mould Cambridge, CB3 0BB United Kingdom + Google Map

11:00-12:00, Garden next to 18 Castle Row, on Castle Mound Join the team at Growing Spaces and help prepare the Castle Garden for the season - a bit of weeding and clean up, planting strawberry seedlings and some herbs. You will also be able to get involved in creating a composting space, restoring the labels for plants, and digging up a corner of the garden for later in the year. There's a lot to do, so any help will be much…

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Talk: ‘I’m a Confused Consumer, Get Me Out of Here!’

March 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Join this series of short talks to discuss consumer behaviour, what food manufacturers and retailers are doing to catch our attention, and how we can help each other to make the right food choices.  More details at https://www.globalfood.cam.ac.uk/events/confused. Booking is essential and opens at 11am on Monday, 11th February 2019.

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Talk: ‘Millets for the Millions: Switching to Small Grains for Sustainable Farming’

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Join Professor Martin Jones and Dr Shreya Sinha to discover the ancient and modern practices of growing millets: from prehistoric beginnings of millet farming to today’s challenges faced by Indian small holders. Millets are high in nutrients, quick to grow and resilient to the effects of climate change. Once among the most widespread crops in the world, this seed's popularity has declined in favour of wheat, maize and rice. Yet, these small-grain cereals are on track to make a comeback…

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Compost Workshops for Beginners

March 20 - March 27

Free to attend, these composting workshops (funded by Cambridge City Council and delivered by composting experts at national charity Garden Organic) will explore why composting is important, what we can all compost at home, and most importantly how to do it.  As well as the free training you will also leave with a pack of useful resources including a copy of Garden Organic's 'Composting for Gardeners' Booklet. The workshops are suitable for anyone completely new to composting as well as…

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Transition Cafe evening – Growing Food

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Engineers House, Museum of Technology, Riverside Cambridge, CB5 8LD United Kingdom + Google Map

Spring is coming! Which means the growing season is getting going too! This cafe evening is a chance to find out more about Transition Cambridge's farming and community gardening projects - Cropshare, Growing spaces, Empty Common Community Garden and Grow your own sessions - and maybe join in as a volunteer. Donations of £2-£3 per person are welcome to cover venue hire. Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about how to…

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