Seed Swap Success!

A lovely heart shaped potato in time for Valentine’s Day!

We had a fab time running our Seed Swap at Potato Day last weekend. Thanks to everyone who took part, swapped seeds, or made a donation to Veg on the Edge.

We enjoyed meeting lots of different growers and hearing about your plans for this year – in particular the lovely Rebecca from Incredible Edible Aireborough who are doing great things to encourage community growing in Guiseley.

We hope to continue running our Seed Swap in the years to come, so if you have any feedback on how this can be improved do let us know. Some of you told us that it would be useful to highlight self-grown and organic seeds, and this is something we’ll look to incorporate into future events.

Finally thanks to Charlotte from Barnsley, who very kindly sent us some Inca Rainbow Corn seeds after the event, especially for planting in our South American bed down at Platform 1. We’ll keep you posted on their progress!


Talk: An Introduction to Permaculture

Thursday 22 March 2018, 7.30pm
Caroline Street Social Club, Saltaire, BD18 3JZ

What is permaculture? Enjoy this opportunity to find out about the ethics and principles of permaculture, and discover simple and innovative ways to live sustainably now and in the future.

Sandy James, Chair of the Permaculture Association, will give an illustrated talk on the key aspects of permaculture and an insight into the work of the Permaculture Association.

Pippa Chapman, Horticultural Consultant, will introduce the work of the Aire Valley Permaculture Network and talk about her experience of applying permaculture principles in her Steeton based project.

Entry: By donation on the door, or £3 suggested donation in advance via Eventbrite (please note a booking fee will apply)

Doors and bar from 7pm, talk 7.30pm to 8.30pm, followed by Q&A.

This event is presented in collaboration with Veg on the Edge, a group of local people working together to create opportunities for food growing in Saltaire, Shipley.


Veg on the Edge Seed Swap at WYOG Potato Day

Saturday 10 February 2018
Exhibition Hall, Saltaire

We’re delighted to be running our Seed Swap again at next year’s Potato Day.

We welcome:

  • Vegetable, Salad, Herb and Flower seeds
  • Home-grown seeds, in envelopes or labelled bags
  • Bought seed packets, unopened or part-used
  • Organic or non-organic seeds
  • Within use-by date or slightly out of date
  • Locally grown or exotic!

If you’ve no seeds to swap, you can take some away for a small donation.

Run by West Yorkshire Organic Group, Potato Day is a great opportunity to choose from a wide variety of seed potatoes for growing. Find out more at

Admission free.

Saltaire Lights Switch On

Sunday 3 December, 5.00pm to 7.30pm
Victoria Hall, Saltaire


This weekend Veg on the Edge will be taking part in the annual festivities at Saltaire Christmas Lights Switch On, presented by Saltaire Village Society.

There’ll be a variety of stalls and local groups present as well as refreshments, entertainment and children’s activities.

We’ll be selling hand-crafted stocking fillers and goodies to raise funds, and generally spreading the veg gospel. Come along and say hello before heading outside for the grand switch on and carols at 7pm.

Free event, just turn up.

Veg on the Edge at Saltaire Festival 2017

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September

It’s that time of year when Saltaire Festival once again brings our village alive with a wonderful array of music, art, entertainment and culinary delights.

Members of our group will be on site at the Sunday School Garden in Caroline Street car park over both weekends of the festival. Drop by to say hello, take a look at what we’ve been growing this year and find out how you can get involved. You can also pick up a treat from our stall of homemade goodies and help us raise vital funds to develop and maintain our sites in the village.

Our growing spaces will form part of the Open Gardens Trail on the opening weekend of the festival (9 & 10 September). Click here to download a guide to the opening weekend highlights, including the Open Gardens and Sculpture Trail, as well as special events, Makers Fair, exhibitions and pop ups in village houses.

Join our friendly regular gardening sessions in Saltaire

Veg on the Edge are a group of local residents that meet regularly throughout the year to maintain food growing spaces in Saltaire village.

Activities include planting, watering, tidying, weeding, and of course sampling some of the fruits (and veg) of our labour!

Everyone is welcome to take part, whatever your previous experience. You don’t need to make any special commitment, just come along as and when you would like to.

In the growing season (April to September) we meet every Wednesday evening at 6pm.

We also meet throughout the year on the first Sunday of each month at 11am.

Gardening sessions begin in the Sunday School Garden in Caroline Street car park, and from there we move around to tend the other sites as needed.

There are also opportunities to get involved behind the scenes. Join us at one of our friendly and sociable planning meetings to find out more. If you’d like to come to a meeting send us an email at and we’ll let you know when and where the next meeting will take place.

We’ll be seeing you,
Veg on the Edge

New growing site…your thoughts wanted!


Veg on The Edge have started work on an exciting new community garden on the grass verge Caroline Street/Baker Street. This new garden, like our existing sites, is for everyone to access and enjoy. Our members kicked off 2017 by planting an edible hedge containing blackthorn, cherry plum, dog rose, elderberry and hazel on the verge and more activity will follow soon.

As local residents ourselves, we really want this space to be used and enjoyed by people living nearby. We received lots of great feedback at our Info Event in October, and are using this to help create provisional designs for the garden.

Feedback so far includes:
– Space to grow herbs
– Accessible raised beds
– A foraging hedge
– Learning information about the fruit and veg being grown
– Bushes or trees to cover bare wall at the end of the site
– Area left for residents annual bonfire
– No permanent seating
– Examples of what can be grown in your own yard
– Adopting permaculture principles
– Family friendly
– Involvement with local schools

We will be hosting another Info Event on Sunday 19th February 11am to 12.30pm where there will be opportunity to see provisional plans and share ideas over a hot drink and some cake. We’d also love you to help us come up with a name for the site!

In the meantime, please share your thoughts or ideas about the new garden by commenting at our Facebook page or get in touch on Twitter