Food Group Meeting - Monday 21st September 7.30pm Black Horse Pub

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

Cooperative concept

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

Sharing knowledge


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

Bee Keeping:

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

Possible produce:

- North American crayfish – invasive species, but very tasty!

- Trout

- Watercress

Sally is interested in Landshare

Sorting things – need to organise a day visit

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