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Community Allotment Taster Day – Sunday 25th September

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days


Sun 25/09 10-14
This week we’ll be creating a living willow structure. Plus we hope to work out our planting plan for autumn/ winter and next spring. Gardening is all about planning ahead and having faith in the future. And it makes you feel good!

FB event, please share.

 

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here or here

Where is it?

How to find our little plot MAP and picture attached.


Past days
Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Local action
www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk and on Facebook
Transition Drinks 29/09 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

SiT Community Allotment  Sat/Sun workdays

SiT Community Allotment Taster Day 10/09 and 25/09

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days


Sat 10/09 Sat 10-14
Another chance to come along and join us at the allotment to learn more about the project and enjoy our lovely plot. Do a little work and get lunch and a share of what we harvest.
We’ll be joined by a bunch of compost worms and you can take some home to activate your pile of greens.


FB event, please share.

Sun 25/09 10-14
This week we’ll be creating a living willow structure. Plus we hope to work out our planting plan for autumn/ winter and next spring. Gardening is all about planning ahead and having faith in the future. And it makes you feel good!

FB event, please share.


Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here or here

Where is it?

How to find our little plot MAP and picture attached.


Past days
Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Local action
www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk and on Facebook
Transition Drinks 29/09 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

SiT Community Allotment  Sat/Sun workdays

Upcoming Taster Days at the SiT community allotment

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Sun 10/07 10-14 – regular day with good company, food and learning new skills, bring your drill:). Lunch time planning for a network to start up projects helping communities unite in these unsettling times. FB event, please share.

Sun 24/07 10-14 Poetry on the Plot – featuring spoken word as we liked it a lot the last time around. FB event, please share.

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us grow:

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)

  • donate seed

  • donate your time

How to find our little plot MAP

And a write up of one of the days at the plot.

26th June Taster Day Overview

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A beautiful day spent enjoying the sunshine and harvesting some of our produce.  The plot was buzzing with activity, with children watering every possible plant in sight and feeding them with coffee grouts.  A job much appreciated by the growing seeds and plants.

 

With the grass cut, hedges trimmed and seedlings planted where necessary, the energy was flowing as was the delightful conversation.  Due to the wonderful turn out of attendees many jobs were completed, including decorating our tools with SiT logos and bright adornments.

 

Of course no plot visit would be complete without some tasty food bought along by attendees and washed down with several cups of tea and coffee.  A fine end to all the hard work and a time to get to know each other a little more.  Blissful.

We look forward to seeing you at the next taster day on Sunday 10 July.

[Southend (East) Allotments and Garden Society] Southend East Allotment & Garden Society‏

southend trading hut

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society
General News

13 May 2016

Dear All,

Plant Sale

This has now been confirmed as Saturday 21st May 2016.
Orders can be collected from 11:00am.

Also available for sale on the day will be Summer Bedding some perianals and a good range of vegetable plants.
We hope to see you there.

Dave Alston
Trading Hut Manager

Trading Hut Opening Hours
Saturday 12:00 till 14:00 Sunday 10:00 till 11:30

See the facebook event also.

Saturday 9th April Plot Visit

Our latest visit themed ‘Seed, Weed and Read’, while dampened by the rain, did not dampen the spirits of all those in attendance!

 

We kicked the day off by bringing various materials along to the plot site, including reclaimed wood ready for our next plot building project and top soil awaiting use for our new plot dig later on this year.  Some wonderful manual labour to warm us up.

 

Duncan set up his compost sifting creation and commenced working through several batches of sifting with gusto, in preparation for the summer compost needs.

 

Next was the planting of many varieties of seeds in the greenhouse which will be planted in the beds once developed enough to transfer.  Not forgetting planting some elephant garlic kindly donated by the Site Hut.

 

Weeding is a never ending task and the rain did not deter our efforts to clear the beds as best as possible, despite the wet conditions.

 

Of course no plot visit would be complete without the essential hand and heart warming hot drinks accompanied by the tasty delights brought along by plot attendees, to include leek and potato quiche and a cous cous salad followed by the sounds of poetry recited by attendees.  All of which completed the theme perfectly and enlightened our creative sides!

 

Hence while the weather may have not been forgiving, our spirits were not in the least dampened and we set out to achieve our goal of ‘weed, seed and read’ with full stomachs and inspired minds.

 

Please do join us for our next plot visit, whether it be to simply see what we are all about, plant some seeds, weed some beds or enjoy a cup of tea in the relaxed surroundings, we warmly welcome you along!

Saturday 12 March at a glance…

Our second official visit to the plot of 2016 saw us enjoying the first hints of Spring with the glow of warming sunshine accompanied by bird song – what a great start to the year!  The warmth enabled some to shed a layer of triple winter clothing as recycled wood was moved to the site ready for plans to create a performing stage in the near future and the addition of the first few bags of a large batch of shingles to the site ready for a team effort to transport the rest in the next week or so.

 

Totals from the day:

Present 6 adults and 4 children of which 1 new adults and 2 new children

Social action hours – prep 2, garden 13,

Produce – approx. 0.3kg of 1 variety

Calories burnt 2600 cal:)

The theme of the day was to test the pH balance of the soil so that we can gain a better understanding of its changes over time and gauge its current levels.  Our youngest plot supporter, Nella, was on hand to help oversee everyone and make sure that the soil testing was going to plan ;0)

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We used a pH testing prong as well as took soil samples in jars from various areas and combined these with water ready for testing.  The children were extremely helpful in gathering these samples and labelling them accordingly, but were also specialist in discovering the woodlouse kingdom lurking beneath a slab.  Well done guys!

 

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Duncan also tested his drone in order to get some aerial shots of the plot, although the batteries failed us on this occasion but show that we can blend tradition with modern technology!

 

 

The first seeds of the season (basil and rocket) were planted in the greenhouse and accompany the bed planted horseradish, all of which were generously watered by the younger helpers.  A spot of weeding and tidying around the plot saw the days work nearing to an end, with the children enjoying a game of swingball before sitting down to enjoy a nice cuppa and the delicious food brought along by attendees to share which included buckwheat and roasted veg salad (Alicja’s masterpiece) and fruit and nut cake (Duncan’s delight).

 

 

Our friends at the the Allotment Society trading hut would also like to share some of their fine produce with you, as pictured below.

 

 

Our next session at the plot is Saturday 26th of March 10:00 – 14:00. Exciting things planned

10:30 Easter Egg Hunt

11:00 Seed Swap

12:45 lunch

13:15 Seed Bomb Making

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

SiTCommA update 20/10

Hmm, the weather is not always as we hope it would be when we plan our work on the plot.

We are getting to know the struggles farmers and food growers all over the world face when they need to dance to an uncertain rhythm with the changing weather bound to change even more. Our problem is much smaller than theirs as what we grow on the plot does not determine the success of our business or survival but it does translate into enforced changes to our work patterns.

Our bodies also have their own rhythm and this week a few of our core team were healing colds so we decided to have a restful weekend. Again:)

Instead we mused what are our feelings and ambitions for the next month to keep the vision and ourselves going.

Ross wrote his ambition is to see : “level access and pathways to make access easier and safer, kitted out and secure shed”

Duncan “A few thoughts on our CA in some chronological order I hope. To balance infrastructure and growing space, with the shed we owe some time to staking out paths and a few beds and how nice it would be to plant something this year, anything ….fruit bush? Then perhaps we can have some guilt free time on infrastructure design i.e Workshop / storage pergola, please keep sniffing for builders bulk bags for our up-cycled roof idea. Our loyal tool cupboard deserves being treated to
some doors (I have possible candidates) then/relocate closer to shed? And breath….So many things to do now project is coming together. Lets hope for some forgiving Autumnal weather. One for all and all for one

Adriana wrote: ” Excited to see that our community allotment temple is still standing after 3 weeks but sad to see it is fighting the nearby brambles on its own. It would be great to build him a companion in this organic paradise. Seeing the paths taking shape and workshop structure rising up will be a great success and motivation for all five allotment musketeers over next few months.”

Adriana’s words echo the core teams feelings I think as we all longed to have a dig of sorts, to get to work on a physical structure while we were doing the design. We had to be patient as work and life meant we could not always meet up or Skype chat weekly but we were steadily chopping away at this piece of work we set ourselves slowly realising the actual shape.

To keep your vision alive as well see this design Sketch to which we are loosely working to.

The measurements have changed for some of the objects already as we decided to align the shed West-East with the door towards West and to move it out a meter to allow for some storage space behind it. This means the triangular beds will be shorter. As I have learnt at the Permaculture Design Course two years ago “The map is not the territory” so we are keeping flexible with the design but we have spent much time on the design process to “Make mistakes on paper” rather than in real life.

Looking back at what we have achieved so far we have a close-knit core team, we have regular meetings and calls in place, design of the plot, shed set up, soil covered up to prevent weeds from growing and support from the community expressed at Southend Soup. I have calculated that since starting thinking about the project in 2012, through initial conversations to first workdays and meetings we must have put in a minimum of 300hrs, over 36 normal working days, over 7 (5 day working) weeks. 300hrs is a very, very conservative number in itself and I have not even tried to count the time we spent thinking, dreaming, talking about the plot as this would probably multiply the 300hrs. Lets pop a champagne cork to celebrate:) I bow to you my friends and colleagues.

Incredible what a passionate group of people can achieve… might we already changed the physical and social fabric of reality around us but do not perceive the manifestation of it yet? Like with the shed, from the moment we have put its location on paper, the potential for it was there. It was a magical moment when we actually put it there but it felt to me as if it was there already for a long time. Just waiting to show up for us. What other things in Southend have the potential to manifest themselves via networks of people such as Southend Soup, Southend Swap Group, Foraging Group, SEEOG, Trust Links, SAVS, SHARE, public agencies and businesses etc. How exciting is the anticipation for what can emerge…

If you want to see what comes out of this effort follow the blog or Facebook Page and pop down for a cup of tea and cake on the open days.

Next work day is on the 26/10 from 11 until 14. Let me know if you are planning to come so I can update you should plans change. Let us help you manifest your passions.