We are starting to plan our community growing programme for next year, and soon we will be ordering our seed potatoes for an early February delivery.
This year we are going to be doing things slightly differently though. We are prioritising school groups and community based projects, with the intention to place our free seeds to these groups first. So, if you are a teacher or know of a school that would like to take part in our project, please get in touch (or ask the head teacher to contact us) so we can get you on the list. Similarly, if you are involved in, or know of, a community group that would like to get some free seed potatoes then send us an email to email@example.com
We are not forgetting about all our individual participants though! We would still like you to take part, but we won’t be allocating and delivering seed potatoes as we did last year. We are early in the planning stage at the moment, but we are intending to be at 3 or 4 one off venues in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire where you can come along and collect some seed potatoes. We will have some new varieties for you to try as well as some of the ones that were successful amongst our growers last season.
We will be posting details of our collection events in the new year.
We had a lot of fun being on the SHMU radio yesterday talking about our projects. Give it a listen – though we got cut off before Motörhead came on!
And get in touch with us if you are a school or community group and want to be on our list for seed potatoes or if you have time to volunteer with us.
Thanks to the Evening Express for their article about our project. If you would like to lend a hand this Saturday, November 25th we will be at Tullos Primary school from 10am until 1pm. Teas and coffees and chocolate biscuits for all volunteers!
We are delighted to let you know that One Seed Forward have just been announced as one of this year’s recipients from the Skipton’s Grassroots Giving fund.
This was voted for by members of the public, so we would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who voted and shared our posts to have others vote too.
The £500 award will allow us to run our project again next year, with the money used solely to purchase seed potatoes and other seeds to be given away for free to groups and individuals and get more people involved in growing their own fruit and veg.
So thank you again, we are really humbled for your support and we couldn’t do this without you!
OSF were with volunteers from The Allotment Market Stall on Friday evening at the RGU vegan cafe in Ruthrieston Community Centre. It was great to see the students make meals from food that would otherwise go to waste. And nice to hear that they used some of their potatoes grown from OSF seeds as part of the meal.
We are all for community growing and community eating!
Waking up to a sharp frost this morning was enough of an incentive to lift the last of the potatoes we had grown at home in bags from our seeds. From left to right in the picture we have Arran Victory, Setanta and Lady Balfour. Considering we had already lifted 0.5kg of each of these a few weeks ago, we are pretty happy with the amount of potatoes we got from two seeds of each variety. These are now drying off in the shed then will be cleaned and put up into the loft for eating later.
If you have any still to lift, we would love to see some photos of them when you do!
Sorry for not posting anything for a while. We have been on our holidays and are also getting involved in an exciting new project that we hope to tell you about soon. In the meantime, here is some nice news about our initiative from one of our participating groups:
We heard from Christeen from Lairhillock School that Mrs Blair and her class harvested some potatoes and cooked them as wedges, which everyone enjoyed. They have also decided as a group that some of their harvest is going to be passed on to the local foodbank.
Thanks to the teachers and kids for supporting the project and for showing true community spirit by donating some of their crop to others!
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a £500 grant from the Skipton grassroots giving project. Only the projects with the most votes will receive money, so please can you vote for us. It will allow us to run our seed project again next year.
Could you also share with all your family, friends and contacts and ask them to vote for us too? Please click on the link below. Thanks!
One Seed Forward is going to be at the Huntly Hairst tomorrow, September 2nd, with our friends from Slow Food Aberdeen City & Shire and Deveron Projects.
As well as doing a talk and cooking demo of some of our potato varieties at 1.30pm, we will be doing a demo on things to do with any excess vegetables you have at 10.30am. We will also be on the stalls to receive any potatoes that you have grown as part of the project and want to donate back to us. In line with our commitment to the community eating experience, we will be using these at the Brander Garden in Huntly from 7pm for Deveron Project’s fire pit bbq. All are welcome.
And we will be giving way more free seeds! Come and get some Spring Onions for you to grow over the winter, and be part of our community growing initiative.