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 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 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 or phone 01473-658193 to have an informal chat.


Image from The Suffolk Magazine, August 2013 edition.


About Rona

I'm interested in orchards and in improving cycling facilities so that more people feel safe to cycle more of the time. I would also like to help exchange skills for green living. I helped start and continue to help run a community orchard on one of the allotments in south Ipswich. I also run a website on green living - This is a worldwide website and anyone with a skill to share or an insight into green living methods and ideas is welcome to submit articles.
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