Membership available in The Oak Tree Community Supported Agriculture Scheme

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm, East Ipswich

Our Community Supported Agriculture Scheme is now fully subscribed for vegetable shares from June 2014 to May 2015, however new membership places for a veg share box from June 2015 for a minimum of one year are now available! Details of how to sign up are on the farm website here.

Working at The Oak Tree Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

Working at The Oak Tree – photo credit Jonathan Cherry

Conceived at a Transition Ipswich Food Group meeting in 2010, the Oak Tree Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme has gone from strength to strength.  Based at the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in Rushmere, near Ipswich, the CSA now has 55 shares, many of which have several people actively involved in growing their own food.

A recent weekly vegetable share

A late summer vegetable share

Our Community Supported Agriculture Scheme members enjoy a weekly supply of local fresh vegetables, all grown without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides in Rushmere-St-Andrew, East Ipswich. Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, providing mutual benefits and reconnecting the people to the land where their food is grown.

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Oak Tree Geese – photo credit Jonathan Cherry

 

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Visit The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm 27th September

webbannerGuided Farm Tour
2pm Saturday 27th September 2014
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Visit Suffolk’s First Community Supported Agriculture Farm!

All welcome to join the tour. To join the tour costs a minimum donation (to our not for profit, social enterprise, farm) of £5 per adult – please bring cash on the day. Wood fired tea or coffee (and biscuits) included. We expect to have finished by 4pm at the latest.

Each adult may be accompanied by up to two children for no additional charge – the children remain the responsibility of the adult at all times on the farm.

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

Membership of our Community Supported Agriculture scheme, for a vegetable share box from June 2015, will be available for the first time when we enjoy a cup of tea or coffee together at the end of this farm tour. Membership of our Community Supported Agriculture Scheme is available strictly on a first come, first served basis.

If you join our Community Supported Agriculture scheme on the day your household’s donation(s) for the tour will be refunded against the deposit on your membership: securing your membership requires a deposit payment of £25 per share, either by cash or cheque.

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. For more information about the farm why not do our virtual farm tour right now? Or find out how your group can visit the farm at other times.

Vegetable beds, orchard, pigs, chickens, beef cattle, wood fired clay oven, herb garden… and more!

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Please wear suitable clothing including sturdy footwear

 

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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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