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Friday, 26 February 2016

Growing Tooting: learn about growing in our free series of gardening workshops starting March 18th

Do you want to learn about local food growing and
build up your practical gardening skills, where you live?
Our FREE series of gardening and growing workshops 
starts on the weekend of March 18th 
and runs to the end of June

This free fortnightly programme runs in three different locations in Tooting, Balham and Wandsworth - and at different times of the week (see the schedule below).

In each series of eight fortnightly workshops between March and June we’ll be covering the basics of growing food at home, including wildlife-friendly gardening - even if you don't have your own garden.

Everyone’s welcome, and no previous gardening experience is necessary.

Workshop series venues and start dates:
There are three locations; the full series of 8 workshops will run in each.
If you would like a copy of the flyer with all the venues listed, please click here to download.

Balham: We'll run on Friday mornings at 11:00am, fortnightly from Friday 18 March. Venue: St Mark's United Reformed Church, 53 Rowfant Road, SW17 7AP
Tooting: We'll run on Friday afternoons at 2:00pm, fortnightly from Friday 18 March. Venue: Rechere's Education, Health and Wellbeing Centre at Route to Juice, 163-165 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SY
Wandsworth: We'll run at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoons from 20 March. Venue: Penfold Centre, Neville Gill Close, SW18 4JT

Please attend whichever series suits you in terms of timing & location.
We encourage you do join in the whole series for the maximum social and learning benefit - it's not intended to be separate drop-in events.

Schedule and duration:
We have a calendar of all the 8 sessions at each location - click here to read or download a copy.
Sessions will last 90 minutes.

Workshop series style:
Interactive, practical and participative. We'll also look at books and web links, and visit other gardens. We'll build on participants' knowledge and interests.

To ask any questions, and to book: contact Martin:
Workshop series content:
  • We'll cover seasonal planning, preparation, sowing, growing and harvesting - always with an eye on what works well right here
  • We'll explore: What varieties are good to grow locally? How to manage compost, soil fertility and watering? What about wildlife gardening, and sustainability? How can we make or build what we need for our own setting? Which tools are most useful?
  • We'll show you that in the city you can grow successfully on balconies, in windowboxes, in containers on paved yards, on walls - and in back gardens
  • We'll introduce you to local community gardens
  • We won't forget about recipes, cooking and enjoying eating what we grow
  • We'll finish the series with a celebration!

What to bring:
All you have to bring is enthusiasm and readiness to learn! We'll provide all the tools you'll need.

Why join in?
As well as learning and sharing a lot about growing, you'll meet new people, spend time outdoors and get some exercise - and grow healthy food. What's not to like?

The wider Growing Tooting project:
The purpose of this whole Growing Tooting project is to encourage local people to grow good local food by sharing and teaching the basic skills of growing and gardening.
Plus, the project is helping to create a number of new community gardens across the borough. We'll share more about that later on.
Our vision is that these growing spaces with be able to network to share experience, equipment and enjoyment....and help make Wandsworth a growing-friendly place to live. TTT is very grateful to the Wandsworth Big Society Fund for support.

If you have any questions, and to book your place on one of the series of workshops: contact Martin on 07980 095152 (or use one of the other methods above)

 We look forward to seeing you Growing in Tooting
& Balham & Wandsworth!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Bringing local cultures and faiths together with outdoor learning in Tooting Community Garden

We're proud to be helping with a new outdoor learning project in the Community Garden with Gatton Primary School and the Mosaic Jewish Primary School

Our Community Garden-based project with Gatton School has run for nearly three years. Gatton is a Muslim primary near Tooting Broadway - click here for lots of our earlier reports.
The Head at Gatton Scool, Rifat Batool, has always been keen to extend the project to capitalise on 'Garden' learning opportunities for building community links plus vivid SMSC education. 
SMSC is Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development, which is linked strongly to schools' citizenship curriculum content.

Rifat Batool has met an enthusiastic ally in Kate Baum, Head of the Mosaic Jewish Primary School. 
This is a first exciting step in bringing together two Wandsworth borough faith communities in a new way, and facilitating a new chapter of shared outdoor learning. Both schools are Ofsted 'Outstanding', and this creative experiment is an example to all.
After planning in the autumn, last week on a sunny day in Tooting a Year 1 group from Gatton were joined by children from the Mosaic Jewish School. The photos tell the story:
Examining pictures of the diverse school activities in the Garden since March 2013.
Sorting garlic bulbs and separating the individual cloves. 
Which way up to plant them?

Measuring the plot and cutting string to mark the row.


Planting the garlic cloves.
Later in the summer we'll save some to cook dishes at both schools for the Tooting Foodival in September.
 Close encounters.
The Mosaic Jewish School is starting a school garden at their new location in Roehampton. TTT and Gatton School's facilitation experience - including growing and nature, awareness and teamworking games, building the rainwater harvesting classroom, the insect hotel and the bottle greenhouse - gave the visitors energy and plenty of ideas to add to their own garden and learning plans.

Children from both schools will continue be involved in joint plans. We can't wait to see what develops, and we'll share news on this blog.
Please get in touch with us at TTT if you would like to know more, or contribute to this project.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Tooting Foodival Wins Mayor's Sunshine Award

Tooting Foodival 2015 today received an inaugural Grow Wandsworth Award from Mayor of Wandsworth, Nicola Nardelli, who launched the awards to encourage people and organisations who grow healthy, fresh, local food in Community Food Projects.
With Mayor Nicola at Wandsworth Town Hall
At a reception in the Mayor's Parlour at the Town Hall, including very beautiful cakes, Foodival won the "Sunshine Award" for "celebrating the ways people have brought a bit of sunshine into the lives of others through community growing"! We do our best!

Back in September the Mayor experienced the myriad food related activities Samaj Hall, including some prize winning vegetables and bananas (below)!
Mayor Nicola Nardelli with David & Mal at Foodival 2015
We are delighted to receive this award and it was really interesting to meet people from the other award-winning community groups including friends from SHARE Community and Wendelsworth Community Garden as well as new contacts who we hope to collaborate with in the future.

For anyone interested in getting involved in Foodival 2016, the first planning meeting will be at the King's Head in Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Bec, on this Thursday evening (Feb 4th) at 7pm.  All welcome to help us work out how we will create this year's home grown sustainable food festival in Tooting.  If you have any ideas, skills, or just fancy being part of a fantastic (and now award-winning!) community project please do come along.