ONE SEED FORWARD

A Community Growing Initiative

November newsletter

Our Growing Season

Our season is drawing to a close and this is the time to tidy up your growing space and maintain your tools ready for next year. We are in the process of moving from our community allotment to another site and will be taking cuttings of a lot of our fruit bushes and transferring some plants. We have set aside some of these for the Garden Schools and community groups that we support – if you would like to get any cuttings for your group then please get in touch. We will post up photos of our new plot onto our Facebook page and website in a few weeks. Please continue to let us know how you are getting on by messaging us or posting photos and stories onto our social media pages – we love to hear from you and share information with others.

Forthcoming event

Saturday November 9th 13.00 – 15.00 FoSS talks, Carmelite Hotel, Stirling Street, Aberdeen
Committee member Donald Gray will be talking about Food Awareness in Schools. We will also have a stall at this event.

Garden Schools

The school year is well under way and we have been getting more requests to support schools who are wanting to do more outdoor learning with their pupils. Our OSF Garden Schools project, in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, provides materials and support to schools who would like to take part. If you are a teacher, or know of someone who may be interested, please send us an email for more information including some scheduled CPD training as well as resources to get you started.

We are also delighted to announce that Bramble Brae Primary will be receiving their Stage 1 Sprouting Award and Woodside Primary their Stage 2 Seedling Award this month at ceremonies in their respective schools. Congratulations to our first OSF Garden School Award winners!

Volunteer to be a Seedling or a Grafter

One Seed Forward is a community initiative run by volunteers, and we are looking for more people to come and join us in the work we are doing, regardless of the level of experience you have in growing and gardening. We are getting more requests from communities and organisations asking for help in setting up food growing capabilities. We are also looking to expand our activities in and beyond the Aberdeen City & Shire boundaries, so if you are interested in getting involved and would like to discuss volunteering opportunities, please send us an email to oneseedforward@gmail.com.

Happy growing!

Garden School Framework

Garden School Framework
Download a copy of the framework and find all the details you need to know to turn your school into a Garden School

September newsletter

Our Growing Season

The weather continues to be variable, shall we say, and it is having an impact on how well crops are growing this season. We have had a smaller potato crop than previous years, and our courgette and squash are weeks behind, but our brassicas are getting bigger and it has been a bumper fruit year too. As the season progresses we will post up photos onto our Facebook page and website. Please continue to let us know how you are getting on by messaging us or posting photos and stories onto our social media pages – we love to hear from you and share information with others.

Shoebox Competition

Thanks for all the entries to our children’s shoebox competition. The winner was 6 year old Annabelle. We particularly liked her use of twigs for peas to climb up, as well as the small lettuce, voila and painted stones. If you look closely, you’ll see the ladybirds like it too.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday September 3rd 16.00 – 18.00 AberGreen Sustainable Food Fayre, Union Brew, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen
We will have a table at this Fresher’s Week event, giving away some easy to look after herbs and produce
Saturday September 7th 13.20-13.50 Huntly Hairst, Stewart’s Hall, Huntly
We will be doing a talk on the History of the Heritage Potato with stories about Edzell Blues and Mr Little’s Yetholm Gypsys amongst others. We may have some to give you on the day as well!
Wednesday September 25th 18.00-19.00 EAL Service, Sunnybank Primary School, Aberdeen
This event is for recently arrived bilingual families in Aberdeen to find out what is happening in the community. We will be sharing a table with our friends from The Allotment Market Stall.

Garden Schools

With the new school year beginning it is the perfect time for teachers to get involved in more outdoor learning with their pupils. Our OSF Garden Schools project, in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, provides materials and support to schools who would like to take part. If you are a teacher, or know of someone who may be interested, please send us an email for more information including CPD training and resources to get you started.

Volunteers

One Seed Forward is a community initiative run by volunteers, and we are looking for more people to come and join us in the work we are doing. We are getting more requests from communities and organisations asking for help in setting up food growing capabilities. We are also looking to expand our activities in and beyond the Aberdeen City & Shire boundaries, so if you are interested in getting involved and would like to discuss volunteering opportunities, please send us an email to oneseedforward@gmail.com.

We lifted some early maincrop potatoes last week. 4kg of pink gypsy, a lovely mottled pink and cream skinned potato, and 5kg each of Horizon & British Queens – all from 7 seeds of each variety. We have plans for these – keep an eye on events posts in the next day or so!

 

Second Early update

We lifted some of our second early varieties at the weekend, with mixed results. When we planted our potatoes, we put in 7 seed potatoes of each type. Ratte gave us 2.5kg whilst Charlotte gave a whopping 7.5kg. You can see the scab spots on our Maris Peer, so we will have these first as they won’t last as long as the others. The Peer and Athlete were 4.5kg each.
We will be sharing most of the clean potatoes lifted to date amongst community groups over the next few days.

 

July newsletter

Our Growing Season

It’s been a wet year so far here in Aberdeen, and we are probably about 3 weeks behind last year in terms of our productivity. We have lifted a couple of shaws of first early seed potatoes, but will hold off another couple of weeks before lifting the rest, and will post up photos onto our Facebook page and website when we do. We know some of you are faring better, and it is great to see that there has been good cropping elsewhere, so please continue to let us know how you are getting on by messaging us or posting photos and stories onto our social media pages – we love to hear from you and share information with others.

Shoebox Competition
We are running a competition for children to individually create a garden in a shoebox. You can be as creative as you like, you can build it around a theme – rock garden, bee friendly, sensory and so on. It’s all about getting growing!

The winner will receive a gardening voucher of £20.

Rules:

  • open to children aged 16 or under on July 16, 2019
  • each garden must contain at least one edible plant
  • a photo of the shoebox garden should be posted onto our Facebook page or emailed to oneseedforward@gmail.com
  • you agree that we can post photos of the garden onto our website and social media pages
  • entries close at midnight on July 16, 2019 with the winner announced on July 19

Volunteers

One Seed Forward is a community initiative run by volunteers, and we are looking for more people to come and join us in the work we are doing. With the school holidays just starting, we need some support in maintaining the school gardens we have worked on with pupils particularly in the Northfield, Woodside and Sunnybank areas of Aberdeen. If you would be able to lend some support in weeding and watering for an hour or two each week, we would love to hear from you.
We are getting more requests from other groups and organisations asking for help in setting up food growing capabilities. We are also looking to expand our activities in and beyond the Aberdeen City & Shire boundaries, so if you are interested in getting involved and would like to discuss volunteering opportunities, please send us an email to oneseedforward@gmail.com.

Happy growing!
All @ OSF

Competition Time

We launched our new children’s competition today at the Highland Games, and we want everyone to take part!

We would like your children, pupils, scout & rainbow groups etc to individually create a garden in a shoebox. You can be as creative as you like, you can build it around a theme – rock garden, bee friendly, sensory and so on. It’s all about getting growing!

The winner will receive a gardening voucher of £20.

Rules:
– open to children aged 16 or under on July 16, 2019
– each garden must contain at least one edible plant
– a photo of the shoebox garden should be posted onto our Facebook page or emailed to oneseedforward@gmail.com
– you agree that we can post photos of the garden onto our website and social media pages
– entries close at midnight on July 16, 2019 with the winner announced on July 19

Here are a couple of examples we did to give some ideas, but we are sure yours will be better! Good luck!

Thanks to everyone who visited our stall at the Gardening Gala today and to the Health Improvement Fund for organising the event and supporting us over the last year with our Garden School project.

It seemed only fair to give you an update on our seed potatoes at the allotment. They are growing in straight lines, probably thanks to Scotty and Andy’s planting expertise!
The individual photos are first earlies Home Guard, Colleen and America.
First early in rows 1-3 from the left, second earlies in 4-6 and maincrop in the others.

OSF Allotment 20.05.19
Home Guard 20.05.19
Colleen 20.05.19
America 20.05.19

Update time for the potatoes we are growing in containers at home.
Seven weeks gone for the Belle de Fontenay, Colleen and Home Guard we have in bags and America in our cardboard box.
Home Guard is slow compared to the others, the ones on our allotment are doing a bit better but it’s early days yet!
After taking these photos we are covering them with more soil up to the top of the bags to encourage more growth and hopefully more tubers.
How are yours growing?

Colleen
America
Belle de Fontenay
Home Guard
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