For those that missed the Transition Shipston Food Open Space meeting there was great enthusiasm and ideas/suggestions. The ideas are being discussed further at the meeting on Monday when hopefully we can start some more food initiatives. Notes from the Open Space:
Needs a project leader
One village or several?
Density – 400 trees per hectare (non-intensive)
Mapping existing orchards
Resurrecting old orchards + enriching habitats
Identify existing varieties
Products – surplus to needy & elderly. Also sell for income
£15 per tree and guard
Choose variety carefully
Food miles awareness
Involve school children (eg. Grafting)
Finding land may be difficult
Excess production sharing
We need to find out who owns land – what is available and quality
Who wants land
How to we match the two? “Landshare”
Aquaculture – ponds & lakes
Encourage individuals vs “Community” project
Develop a community group to develop their own land / garden
Ask Keith F who is offering him land
Map unused land
Apiaries need to be isolated (ideally)
Costs – Hive £100, Bees £50, Clothing £100, Miscellaneous £50 Total = £300
Honey sells for £3.50 a pound
If someone is interested but does not have a large enough garden the hive can be kept on someone else’s land.
Bees are important for pollination of many crops.
Bee keeping could be part of a “Permaculture” garden
There is a problem with “colony collapse disorder” so we need more beekeepers
There are 6 or 7 Bee-Keeping Associations in Warwickshire
Shipston-on-Stour Beekeepers Association Douglas Nethercleft 01295 680041 or Boylan 01608 682218
Local Meat and Fish / Production:
1st step get land. How?
There are lots of small areas – how do we coordinate
Long Compton abattoir is a hub – could be used
How do we promote the idea of a CSA?
Shares in a pig scheme
Fish farming is problematic - intensive & a huge investment + ecologically damaging
“Permaculture” pools are a sustainable alternative
- North American crayfish – invasive species, but very tasty!
Sally is interested in Landshare
Sorting things – need to organise a day visit