If you’re local to Saltaire hopefully over the summer you have been picking from the beds on the open space opposite the playground at the end of Caroline Street which we have now called the Baker Beds. Do pick – it’s there for you.
This year we have planted what we think people might like but we would really like to know from you what you want to be grown. So far we have received requests for more fruit and herbs. So we have planted a cherry tree in the new bed adjacent to the back fence and raspberries in the little beds. There is already a wineberry there, which has quite delicious fruit, and two goji berries. We will be planting more fruit over the autumn.
The containers adjacent to the back fence were kindly built for us by students on a Prince’s Trust programme, as part of their end of course project. We have also been working with the PRU and they are using the bed on the far left as you look at the site from the road.
From the beginning we said that in developing this site we wanted to work more closely with local people and community groups and we feel that the involvement of the PRU and The Prince’s Trust helps us meet that brief. In the future we may also work with a group from Hive in Shipley, possibly creating some seating and with the Cellar Trust to provide bird boxes.
However, we would still like to hear from you about what you want grown. We are planning a clear up session on Sunday 7th October at 11.00am and it would be great if you could join us, we’ll provide some squash and biscuits. We’ll be clearing out the existing beds, planting over wintering vegetables, generally tidying up and making some bird feeders.
Hope to see you then!
With Saltaire festival just around the corner our Veg on the Edge volunteers are busy in their kitchens and the village gardens to make this year’s event our most vegtastic yet!
We will have a stall brimming with homemade goodies on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September by the Sunday School veg beds (Caroline Street car park). And if you want to try your hand at a bit of gardening and find out more about what we do we’ll be offering guided tours of our Sunday School veg beds on Sunday 16th September – come and find us in the Caroline Street car park!
For more information about Saltaire Festival and the Open Gardens Trail visit https://saltairefestival.co.uk/event/open-gardens-see-trail-leaflet-2/
Join us on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12.30pm to 4.00pm for the annual Village Fête at Saltaire United Reformed Church. There’ll be a wide variety of stalls, donkey rides, children games, refreshments, musical entertainment and a tombola. This year the event will be celebrating the centenary of Votes for Women, with Edwardian costume strongly encouraged!
Veg on the Edge will be sharing a stall with Saltaire Canalside Allotments, and selling hand-crafted goodies and tasty treats to raise funds, and enjoying a good chat with anyone that wants to come and say hello. Fingers crossed for a sunny day ☀
Image © Matt O’Brien
On 17 May 2018 we were delighted to be visited by The Big Walk, led by Eden Project Communities. As part of this ambitious project, four teams of walkers are currently making epic journeys across the UK over 18 days to shine a light on projects and events that bring people and communities together.
Stephen from Team England plants some magic beans!
Veg on the Edgers gave Katherine, Thomas and Stephen from Team England a tour of our community growing gardens and provided some delicious cordial made from produce grown on the sites.
You can find more about the walkers and their journey on the Eden Project Communities website and follow their progress on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @edencommunities #TheBigWalk
The Big Walk will culminate in the nationwide celebration The Big Lunch, the UK’s biggest annual get together for neighbours. We’ll be joining in the fun on Sunday 3 June 2018 with a gathering in the Sunday School Garden on Caroline Street after our Sunday morning gardening session.
Images © Eden Project Communities
The annual community arts event Saltaire Arts Trail is back to dazzle and delight this weekend and Veg on the Edge will also be keeping busy.
We’ll be on site at the Sunday School Garden (in Caroline Street car park) on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018 from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Swing by to say hello and take a look at what we’ve grown so far this year.
If you’re interested in becoming more involved, one of our group members will be on hand to have a chat and answer your questions. There’ll also be some tasty treats, potted plants and herbs to takeaway for anyone who’d like to make a donation to the project.
We hope to see you then!
Tuesday 24th April 2018, 7pm
All welcome to join us at our AGM where we will review our finances and activities over the last year, as well as undertake nomination and election of group officers.
As the AGM will take place at the house of one of our members, please email email@example.com if you would like to attend and we can provide further details on the location.
Spring has sprung and our weekly growing sessions recommence on Wednesday 4 April 2018, continuing every Wednesday evening until the end of September.
We meet at 6pm in the Sunday School Garden (Caroline Street car park) to maintain the beds in this area before moving to tend our other sites as needed. Our sessions usually last about an hour and activities include planting new seeds and shoots, rotating existing plants, watering, pruning and weeding.
Our monthly Sunday sessions are also ongoing throughout the year. These are held on the first Sunday of the month from 11am (please note our next two sessions have been postponed to Sunday 8 April and Sunday 13 May 2018 in lieu of the public holidays).
Come along and help make productive and attractive growing spaces for the community to use and enjoy. Everyone is welcome to take part, whatever your previous gardening experience. If you’d like to know more drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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) https://introductiontopermaculturetalk.eventbrite.co.uk
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.
Saturday 10 February 2018
Exhibition Hall, Saltaire
We’re delighted to be running our Seed Swap again at next year’s Potato Day.
- 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 http://wyog.org/potato-day/.