Autumn forage bike ride

Well the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness has arrived and if you know what’s edible and where to look there’s an abundance of fruit, nuts, seeds, leaves, fungi and roots waiting to be harvested. Of course, it’s also useful to know how to combine what you forage into a meal.

Dave Watson, a passionate forager, excellent chef and champion of local food will be leading a Transition Ipswich foraging expedition this Thursday, 4th September. He’ll take us to some of the sites he knows around Ipswich, show us what to gather then help us to prepare a shared meal.

We’ll be travelling too far to go by foot and cars would be a logistical nightmare so we’ll be using bikes. Bring some bags and remember bike lights etc.

We’ll gather at 146 Woodbridge Road (IP4 2NS) and leave at 5.30pm sharp, returning around 7.30pm to prepare and enjoy our meal.

Spaces are limited so if you’d like to join us sign here up now!

wild garlic bicycle foraging

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Sustainability Cinema @ UCS – Tuesday 3rd June

The films we’ve screened this season have looked at the sustainability challenge from various perspectives – social, economic and environmental. To round the season off our final film In Transition 2.0 shows how communities are responding to these challenges in their own creative ways, and reaping unexpected benefits from doing so.In-Transition-2.01As usual this film will be screened twice, at 4.30pm and 7pm. Both screenings are free, but please register by email.

If you’d like to suggest suitable films for the 2014/15 season of Sustainability Cinema @ UCS, which will begin in September, just let UCS know.

 

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Sustainability Cinema @ UCS: Home

HOME-SHOT4.30pm and 7pm on Thursday 1st May in the UCS Waterfront Building Auditorium

In February UCS screened Yann Arthus Bertrand’s movie Planet Ocean with it’s amazing images of the world’s seas. UCS’s movie for May is another visual feast from Yann Arthus Bertrand – this time showing spectacular views of the Earth from above.

All films are screened twice, at 4.30pm and 7pm. Both screenings are free, but please register by email.

UCS’s final film for this season, on Tuesday 3rd June, will be “In Transition 2.0”, which explores how communities around the world are taking action to become more resilient and sustainable.

If you’d like to suggest suitable films for the 2014/15 season of Sustainability Cinema @ UCS, which will begin in September, please let UCS know.

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Help our local micro-dairy Calf at Foot

How fortunate we are to have Fiona and her contented, grass-fed Jersey herd so close to Ipswich. She’s worked so hard to make her vision for compassionate, sustainable dairy farming a reality. Another inspiring example of how people with passion can create successful small scale enterprises that give us alternatives to the “profit at any cost” approach of big businesses.

And now Fiona needs our help.

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Sustainability Cinema @ UCS

Dirt: The Movie

Screenings at 4.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday 5 March in the UCS Waterfront Building Auditorium

Following last month’s film about our oceans, the next in UCS’s series of sustainability-themed movies is Dirt! – The Movie.dirt_postcard_front_4x6

Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, dirt is very much alive. But when humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed. From that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.

The screenings are free, but please register by email.

The remaining films for this season are:

Weds 9th April: Consumed – explores the psychology behind consumer culture and where this could be leading us.

Thurs 1st May: Home – stunning imagery of the Earth from above, from Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Tues 3rd June: In Transition 2.0 – how communities around the world are taking action to become more resilient and sustainable.

All films are screened twice, at 4.30pm and 7pm.

If you’d like to suggest future films for Sustainability Cinema at UCS, please let UCS know.

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Bank of England takes note of local money

Interesting article here from the Transition Network.
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Free screenings of Chasing Ice at UCS – 4.30pm and 7pm Thurs 5th Dec

Chasing Ice is a multi award winning documentary from the brilliant young filmmaker Jeff Orlowski. All welcome. Please register by emailing sustainability@ucs.ac.uk.

Chasing-Ice

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Join The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm Local Food Revolution!

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in Rushmere St Andrew, East Ipswich is now recruiting new members of its innovative Community Supported Agriculture Scheme for a vegetable box (and more if you choose) from June 2014.

A recent weekly vegetable share

A recent weekly vegetable share

Members are very much involved in producing their own vegetables, particularly at our friendly weekly Saturday working parties.

A working party tea break!

A working party tea break!

Members also have the opportunity to buy pastured eggs, free range pork, low carbon flowers and more!

Members can chose to order some low carbon flowers in their boxes alongside the veg!

Members can chose to order some low carbon flowers in their boxes alongside the veg!

Happy Oak Tree Piglets!

Happy Oak Tree Piglets!

To find out more, including how to join our Community Supported Agriculture scheme, visit The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm website.

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Tour of The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm 28th September 2013 2pm

webbannerGuided Farm Tour
2pm Saturday 28th September 2013
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Visit Suffolk’s First Community Supported Agriculture Farm!

Directions to the farm here, please cycle or walk if you can.

See Suffolk’s first Community Supported Agriculture Scheme in action, join us for a tour of our 12-acre farm which seeks to produce good food all year round, with the lowest possibly carbon emissions, as a viable business – and having a good time while doing so.

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Free of charge, and all welcome! Vegetable beds, orchard, pigs, chickens, geese, wood fired clay oven, herb garden… and more! To find out more about the farm please take out virtual farm tour.

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Please wear suitable clothing including sturdy footwear

 

 

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More News from the 30 Mile Food Challenge and from Orchard Barn


The Transition Ipswich 30 Mile Food Challenge gets off to a Flying Start!

Around 25 people enjoyed making and eating soup and focaccia at the People’s Community Garden on Sunday 1st September. You can read more about it at the website (link below).

The challenge runs for the whole of September and has a very full programme of events to enjoy. All details can be found on the website:30milefood.transitionipswich.org.uk/ There are local cookery sessions and foraging walks, farm visits and an organic gardening course in the beautiful setting of the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm. Check the events page on the website for details!


Orchard Barn News

Orchard Barn has some great events and courses coming up. Here is a brief synopsis (from the website – check it for more details.)

“OBee Community Interest Company is delighted that Orchard Barn is part of Green Suffolk’s Heritage Open Days. Come and enjoy a guided tour of Orchard Barn on either 4pm Thursday 12th or 2pm on 14th September (2013). Please book via Suffolk County Council.

We’ll also be at the Green Party Fair on Saturday 14th September at the John Peel Centre and Felbrigg Green Build this Saturday. We’ve made the news recently. You might like to read the Green News – Ringshall and District or the August edition of Suffolk Magazine.”

Volunteering for OBee CIC
Do you have a spare 3-4 hours a week that you could commit to help support and develop the work that we do? We’re looking for a ‘Permaculture Ambassador’. Now we have Land Learning Centre approval from the Permaculture Association http://www.permaculture.org.uk/people-projects-places/project/obee-community-interest-company we would like to raise awareness of the way in which we are developing Orchard Barn along Permaculture design principles and invite more groups to learn about our low-impact, off-grid facilities.

We would also appreciate some help with PR and Marketing.

If either of these voluntary posts appeal to you (and they could be undertaken remotely with occasional visits to site) please contact sarah@orchardbarn.org.uk or phone 01473-658193 to have an informal chat.

Suffolk

Image from The Suffolk Magazine, August 2013 edition.

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