Local Food Conference - Community Orchards
Saturday, 27 April 2013 from 10:00 to 15:00 (BST)
Local Food Conference, Community Orchards
This is a one day conference to bring together community orchards and other interested parties from Wiltshire & Swindon.
10am - Conference starts and welcome from the Food Champions Project
10.10am - Keynote speaker: Rowena Ganguli (Founder and Trustee of the London Orchard Project) title to be confirmed
10.50am - Workshop One (choose from workshop A, C, D or E - detailed below)
11.30am - Refreshments
11.50am - Workshop Two (choose from workshop A, C, D, F or G)
12.30pm - Lunch, with an opportunity to visit stalls and network with other groups
13.30pm - Workshop Three (choose from workshop B, D, E or F)
14.10pm - Refreshments
14.20pm - Panel Question & Answer session
14.50pm - Summary of the days activities and closing statement
15.00pm - Event finishes
Participants can choose 3 workshops from the following, please see agenda for more information:
A - Setting up a community orchard and involving the local area – Philippa Davenport (founder of Marlborough Apple day and Marlborough orchard in a town)
B - The next generation – inspiring young people to get involved with orchards (Big Community Grow, a Trowbridge based organisation working with schools to set up food growing sites & orchards)
C - Cooking up an apple feast, practical workshop – Catherine Maxwell (from Any Body Can Cook a social enterprise engaging young people and parents in healthy cooking)
D - Study walk of Rowde’s orchard – Richard Cripps (horticulturalist and former lecturer at Lackham College)
E - Making juice and celebrating apples – SCAN (Swindon Climate Action Network who have run several successful apple days) and Richard Pagett (runs a company for people wanting to juice apples)
F - Fruit tree grafting – Legh & Nick from Barters Nursery
G - Funding – how to raise funds to plant trees, buy equipment and run events - for groups working with disadvantaged communities - Heidi Yorke, The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon
Wiltshire Bee Centre
Youth Wellbeing Project - Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Wiltshire Farmers Markets
Penhill Community Orchard
Funding Advice (TBC)
Food Champions - lending circle and mailing group for community orchards
Wiltshire Wood Recycling
The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon
When & Where
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: Wiltshire & Swindon Food Champions
Food Champions is an innovative, three-year project in Wiltshire and Swindon. By teaching basic horticulture, we help local communities to get involved in growing healthy food.
We are currently establishing 12 Community Growing Sites at locations across Wiltshire and Swindon.
We are also working with over 20 new and regenerated Community Orchards, to increase the amount of fruit produce within the county by planting traditional Wiltshire varieties of apple trees.
Through both of these projects we are helping people understand the value of ‘growing their own’ food, which contributes to a healthier lifestyle and builds environmental resilience.
Our Local Food Network will provide opportunities for organisations and businesses involved or interested in sustainable growing to meet and share ideas and best practice.