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Finding local food at the Chatsworth Market

May 8, 2012
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With so much selection for food grown in Britain, I was curious to see how many of the vendors at the nearby Chatsworth Market sourced their products from within a 100-mile radius of London. Although there was little from farms within London itself, producers near the GLA were well-represented, with everything from sausages made...

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Ændrew’s top Chelsea Fringe picks

May 7, 2012
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The Chelsea Fringe is an event running from 19 May 2012 to 10 June 2012 celebrating local gardening initiatives and meant to be an alternative to the better-known and somewhat exclusive Chelsea Flower Show. This is the first year it’s running and there’s a lot going on. Here are some of the events we’re...

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Q&A with writer Helen Babbs

May 4, 2012
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Helen Babbs is the author of My Garden, The City and Me (See our review here) and regular gardening blogger for the Guardian. We caught up with her to chat about the window box gardening, her work with the Chelsea Fringe festival and yesterday’s civic election.  Ændrew Rininsland / GrowingCity: To start with, where does your interest...

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Book Review: My Garden, The City and Me by Helen Babbs

May 1, 2012
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My Garden, The City and Me by Helen Babbs

My Garden, The City and Me by Helen Babbs (£9.99 MSRP, 140 pages, Timber Press) is, as the author describes it, “a book about the glory of growing things, about nature and the ecology of the city.” While it’s certainly that, it’s also the first-year account of a novice gardener learning not just the intricacies...

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“My Growing Life” — guest post by Antonia Kanczula

April 30, 2012
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Antonia Kanczula is a writer, freelance journo, City University London MA student and full-time London enthusiast. This week she’s agreed to tell us about her experiences growing in London. London is many things – noisy, frenetic and downright expensive – but chiefly, it’s surprising. And no more is this true than when it comes...

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Audio Slideshow — Robin Hood Community Garden celebrates 3rd year

March 15, 2012
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Robin Hood Community Garden celebrated its third year on Sunday, March 11. Garden regulars ate cake and recounted memories of clearing bramble from the site, building planters and finding buried treasures. Read more »

New! The Growing Directory now online!

February 6, 2012
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One of our goals has been to create a comprehensive directory of urban farms, community gardens and farmer’s markets in and around London, not only to highlight the wealth of locally-grown and accessible food in London, but also to encourage individuals to begin participating in the local production of the food they eat. So,...

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On Garden Design: Q&A with Andrew Dumbleton

January 12, 2012
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Andrew Dumbleton is a professional garden designer who teaches a course at his studio in Stoke Newington on building the ideal garden space. The Growing City spoke with him about the work that he does and to get some tips on building better outdoor spaces.  Ændrew Rininsland / Growing City: First, can you tell...

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Dia de los Muertos at Hackney City Farm

October 30, 2011
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Hackney City Farm celebrated Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) on October 30th.

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