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 hello@vegontheedge.org and we’ll let you know when and where the next meeting will take place.

We’ll be seeing you,
Veg on the Edge

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New growing site…your thoughts wanted!

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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 https://www.facebook.com/vegontheedge/ or get in touch on Twitter https://twitter.com/vegontheedge

Info Event for new growing site on Caroline Street

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Sunday 9 October 2016, 11.00am to 12.30pm

Veg on the Edge are planning a new growing space so that even more neighbours can join our friendly group, or simply pick fresh veg, herbs and fruit when they fancy. The new site will be on the grass verge at the very end of Caroline Street where it meets Baker Street. Bradford Council, who owns the site, has given permission for us to build some raised beds for edible growing. If you live nearby we’d love to hear what you think!

On Sunday 9 October we’re holding an Info Event where you can meet us, find out more, and share your suggestions, comments or concerns. There’ll be activities for kids, and home-made goodies to sample, made from our own produce (we are experts at sneaking veg into cake). If you can’t make it along you can also contact us at hello@vegontheedge.org to tell us what you think or join our newsletter to keep up to date on the plans.

Locations of our existing growing spaces and proposed site…

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Wild Food Walk with Mina Said-Allsopp

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Sunday 2 October 2016, 11am to 1pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Join us on an enjoyable two-hour walk around the local area to learn what grows nearby that can be eaten, and how to identify it. This special event will be led by the well-known forager and wild food specialist Mina Said-Allsopp (http://www.msitu.co.uk). Mina is highly knowledgeable and her walks are always great fun.

To book your place email hello@vegontheedge.org and simply pay in cash on the day.

£20 per person taking part. Places are limited so booking is advised.

Saltaire Festival Open Gardens 2016

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Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016, 12pm to 3pm

We’ll be on site at the Sunday School Garden over the opening weekend of Saltaire Festival as part of the Open Gardens trail. Drop by to say hello, take a look at what we’ve been growing this year and pick up a treat from our stall of homemade goodies.

Click here to download the opening weekend guide featuring the Open Gardens and Sculpture Trail, as well as the Makers Fair, performances, exhibitions and pop ups in village houses.

Free event, just turn up.

Sunshine and showers at Saltaire Village Fête

On Saturday 25 June 2016 we had a lovely afternoon at the annual Village Fête at Saltaire United Reformed Church. Sharing a stall with fellow growers Saltaire Canalside Allotments, together we raised £130 for our community growing activities. Thank you to everyone that came along and donated, luckily most of our treats and produce had been snaffled up before the heavens opened! Take a look at some photographs from the day below courtesy of talented photographer Matt O’Brien.

Bank Holiday Activities

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It’s all go in Saltaire this Bank Holiday weekend with the marvellous Saltaire Arts Trail, 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 28 and Sunday 29 May from 12.00pm 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.
Hope to see you then!

Change to Sunday growing session May 2016

Due to the Bank Holiday weekend we’ll be postponing our regular ‘first Sunday of the month’ gardening session in May. This will now take place on the following weekend Sunday 8th May. Find us at the Sunday School Garden in the Caroline Street car park at 11am, from there we may venture to some of the other sites that need tending (Saltaire Station and Exhibition Road). All welcome, just turn up!

Coming soon…Foraging event with Mina Said-Allsopp

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We are planning a special event led by the well-known forager and wild food specialist Mina Said-Allsopp (msitu.co.uk) later this year.

Join us on an enjoyable two-hour walk around the local area to learn what grows nearby that can be eaten, and how to identify it. Mina is highly knowledgeable and her walks are always great fun.

We’re currently finalising details for the event and will be posting the date and how to get tickets soon. Join our mailing list for further updates or email hello@vegontheedge.org to register your interest. We looking forward to seeing you there!

Veg on the Edge is expanding… Green fingers needed!

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Want to grow your own organic veg? Get your wellies muddy? Meet your neighbours and have a laugh? If so, Veg on the Edge needs you!

We are expanding at both our current sites: the Sunday School Garden in Caroline Street car park, and Platform 1 at Saltaire Rail Station. We’re adding more raised beds to the ones we’ve already established, thanks to the support of Shipley College and Sustainable Saltaire.

We’re also developing two brand new sites: one on upper Caroline Street overlooking the railway line, and another outside the Jonathan Silver Building at Shipley College. There’ll be plenty of new growing space, so there’s even more opportunity to get involved.

We’re planning all sorts of wonderful crops, from edible flowers to Peruvian purple potatoes and now’s the time to get involved and help us sow!

From Wednesday 30 March we’ll be reinstating our weekly Wednesday evening session from 6pm to 7pm at the Sunday School Garden. For those of you that can’t make a weekday, we also meet here on the first Sunday of the month throughout the year from 11am to 12pm. You don’t need to make any special commitment … just come along as and when you want. Everyone is welcome, whatever your age or ability.

In addition, we’d love members to join our veg task force to help plan our activities and raise funds. If you’d like to be involved, come along to one of our friendly fortnightly meetings. Our next get together will be on Thursday 24 March at 7pm, upstairs at Fanny’s Ale House. Whether you want to get involved with planning and planting, or simply meet a few new people and chat about vegetables over a pint, you are very welcome to come along and join in.

Drop us a line at hello@vegontheedge.org if you’d like to come along or find out more.