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The Market Gardens of Hackney

May 11, 2012
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The Market Gardens of Hackney

 Growing City had a chat with Paul Bradbury, grower at Growing Communities about the joys of the city growing scheme…   As the grower at Growing Communities, I have the enviable job of running two of our three market gardens.  The gardens are on Hackney park land (Springfield, Allens and Clissold) and between them produce...

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Adding spice to your balcony garden

May 5, 2012
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Adding spice to your balcony garden

Sasha Allen, gardening expert, part-time chef and herb growing extraordinare from Balham assures Growing City that balcony-grown herbs are the key to the perfect curry. Her spicy secret? Her home-grown curry leaf herb. “I am a huge curry fan and whilst trips to Brick Lane every week are all well and good, the real authentic flavour comes from...

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Growing the town green

May 5, 2012
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Growing the town green

For all the city grower enthusiasts who are dying to get their hands green but simply don’t have the space, Growing City has found the solution. Meet Jennie and Roger Pecker, a couple living in Angel who have put a new type of city gardening to the test. “Guerilla gardening takes city growing to...

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Transforming food and farming through community-led growing

May 3, 2012
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Transforming food and farming through community-led growing

An absolute gem of the urban growing community is without doubt: Growing Communities. This set-up is a community-led organisation based in Hackney which is providing a real alternative to the current damaging food system. But what exactly are they doing for the urban growing community and how can you get involved? Growing City had...

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Community Growing Schemes with Mike Wohl

February 5, 2012
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Growing City got in touch with Mike Wohl, founder of Let’s Go, Let’s Grow – a project to motivate and support young people in Westminster, Finsbury Park and Islington to grow fruit and veg in the city. Here is what he had to say… To you a pile of muck. To me it is...

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A volunteer’s tour at Hackney City Farm

February 4, 2012
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A volunteer’s tour at Hackney City Farm

Volunteering at Hackney City Farm is funded by the Shoreditch Trust, Jack Petchy Foundation and The Tudor Trust and is a very successful scheme that inspires many youths to learn about being green in the city. The volunteering programme consists of free gardening sessions and a mini farmer’s club which are great ways for the...

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Concrete Jungle

January 3, 2012
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Concrete Jungle

Tree lovers have united to celebrate a successful fundraising campaign that supports the growth of over three hundred trees in King’s Cross. John Ashwell, of Wharfdale Road made a plea to residents for funding to help maintain the trees he spent ten years growing. The King’s Cross community were so impressed by his work...

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We love this Guardian article and you will too…

December 1, 2011
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We love this Guardian article and you will too…

From quail in the East End to honey bees in King’s Cross, The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr goes in search of all the ingredients for a meal sourced as close as possible to her London home. Can you source a complete meal from inside the M25? Check it out here

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Grow your own Christmas dinner

December 1, 2011
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Happy first of December city growers! With the festive season fast approaching we thought it would be great to share some tips on how to grow your Christmas dinner from your very own garden. We have put together a step-by-step guide to plant, grow and enjoy the perfect home-grown Christmas dinner. If you have...

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How to make curried parsnip soup from your very own garden

November 26, 2011
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How to make curried parsnip soup from your very own garden

It is quick, easy and simple to make delicious meals using the products you grow in your garden and with Christmas fast approaching curried parsnip soup is an extremely seasonal and healthy meal. Ingredients: 50g (2oz) butter 1 tsp curry powder 2 large onions sliced 750g (1.1/2) parsnips sliced 600ml (1 pt) chicken stock...

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