We had a wonderful weekend at the Saltaire Festival as part of the Open Gardens trail. It was lovely to meet so many people interested in the Sunday School Garden in Caroline Street car park. Thanks to everyone who generously donated to our home-made cake stall or filled in a survey. It was lovely to get feedback on what we’ve been doing, what people would like to see, and how they might get involved.
Here’s a flavour of the comments we received:
“Keep up the good work!”
“Thank you for improving this location, it’s fab!”
“We really enjoy walking past the garden and talking to our children about the vegetables”
“Big respect for what you’re doing!”
Everyone we met agreed that they’d like to see more community growing spaces in Saltaire. We’re currently well on the way to developing projects for further sites, so that more of us can get involved and help make our neighbourhood even better. We’ll post more updates on this soon as we can.
We also heard that it’s difficult for some people to escape work in time for our regular Wednesday 6pm session. Starting in November, we’ll be adding an extra session on the first Sunday of the month at 11am, so that more folks can join us. Just turn up and muck in. The perfect way to work up an appetite for your Sunday roast!
We’re delighted to be taking part in this year’s Saltaire Open Gardens, during the opening weekend of Saltaire Festival 2015.
We’ll be on site at the Sunday School Community Food Garden at the Caroline Street car park from 12.00pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. Do drop by to say hello and take a look at what we’ve been growing this year. We’re really keen to get feedback about the garden from people living in the area and hear your views on local community growing. There’ll also be some tasty treats available for anyone who’d like to make a donation to the project!
To read more about the opening weekend of Saltaire Festival you can download this year’s trail leaflet here featuring the garden and sculpture trail as well as the Makers’ Fair and pop up houses: Saltaire Festival 2015 Opening Weekend
The evenings are getting lighter, Spring is in the air, and Veg on the Edge is on the move.
We recently met with the lovely folks at Taste of Saltaire, a project set up and run by Sustainable Saltaire. We were truly inspired by their transformation of a scrubby bit of land by the Caroline Street car park into a thriving food growing space.
We’ve offered to support Taste of Saltaire in maintaining the Caroline Street site, and will be working alongside them at their regular drop-in sessions on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. From here we hope to work together to identify and develop other similar sites in the locality, small or large.
We’re also continuing discussions with a number of landowners and potential partners in the area. We haven’t yet given up on our quest for a substantial site to develop an urban community food garden in Shipley/Saltaire.
In the meantime, enjoy the April sun and showers. If you’re passing by the Caroline Street site on a Wednesday evening, do stop and say hello!