Free gardening workshops in August

Dear Garden lovers,

With all this warmth and sunshine the garden is bursting with life – come and pop in for a visit! We’ve got our regular Sunday opening from 2.00pm to 5.00pm and also both a kids workshop and an adults workshop in August, so you’re spoilt for choice!

First up is the kid’s workshop on Wednesday 7th of August called herb spiral fun. It is suitable for children of all ages and runs from 10.30-12.00, and will involve fun learning activities, games and singing.

After that there will be an adult’s workshop on Saturday 17th of August called Herbs and their uses and will run from 10.30 to 12.30. As usual this will be a mix of learning and practical activity.

The workshops are informal and fun, and it’s a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners.

More information on the courses is given below. If you would like to attend any of them, or want more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email commongrowthuk@gmail.com giving the name of attendees and a contact telephone number. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials.

Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road (on the corner with Jerningham Rd), SE4 2NS. http://goo.gl/maps/wu3GC

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Rich
On behalf of Common Growth Community Garden.

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Workshop on organic pest control methods: Jun 8

Grow Wild and Common Growth are inviting you to another free permaculture gardening workshop at the Common Growth Community Garden on Sandbourne Rd. The workshops are informal and fun, and it’s a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners. Saturday’s course is on pests, and although this might not sound glamorous, every gardener knows how annoying it is when your salad crop gets munched up by snails overnight, or your beans attract black fly. So come and find out how to control these problems without using chemical pesticides, but by using organic permaculture methods.

Sat 8 June 10.30 – 12.30 Insects: Friend or Foe?
~ Learn to identify pests
~ Organic pest control methods
~ Recognising beneficial insects and how to encourage them to your garden
~ Practical activity: planting flowers which attract beneficial insects to the garden.
If you would like to attend the workshop, or like more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email commongrowthuk@gmail.com giving the name of attendees and a contact telephone number. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials.

Also, don’t forget that the garden is open on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. We are always looking for more enthusiastic gardeners to get involved – no gardening experience necessary, just come and enjoy the garden!
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Anniek
On behalf of Common Growth and Grow Wild
Sandbourne Road, Telegraph Hill, SE4 2NS, http://goo.gl/maps/HfQp4

The Hill Trader

The Hill Trader is an exciting pop up shop in the Hill Station café run by local people for local people.

As part of what we’re doing at the Hill Station we have opened this shop as a pilot for 4 months, selling locally handmade things as well as bread and milk. We are working with local people who are giving us some of their products to sell, and in return will volunteer at the shop for a session a week. This means we all get lovely things to buy and they get valuable retail experience without the financial risk of renting a shop.

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Our vision is to provide a space for people to both buy and sell locally produced goods, share skills and inspire others who want to create things to sell. We have aimed to be as inclusive as possible and are trialling a range of different items produced by people of all ages and backgrounds.

As a community initiative The Hill Trader shop will pass on the costs of sales directly to local people providing the goods, with 15% commission retained to cover set up and overhead costs.

We’re excited about starting this new venture and we are keen to hear whether you agree a shop like this would be a great resource for our community. Please do also get in touch if you have something you would like to produce for the shop.

The Hill Trader is grateful for the small start up grant it received from the Telegraph Hill Ward Assembly

Jacqui, Stephen, Sarah and all the local suppliers x

New Greenhouse, Soup and Sunflowers at Common Growth

The ‘first’ day of spring brought lots of people to Common Growth. As well as 8 of our regulars, we welcomed 8 new people to the garden. /We finally finished the greenhouse! So we immediately got underway with our seed planting – starting with like 120 sunflowers for the ‘1000 Sunflowers in New Cross’ project. We also planted some potatoes and wild flowers, dug over compost, and managed some weeding. Then it was time for Souper Sunday! This time it was my turn (Anniek) to cook and I served beetroot and jerusalem artichoke soup with home made bread. Yum!

Let’s hope the sun is now ‘back’ to help the seedlings germinate and our plants recover from the harsh winter.

The garden is open from around 2-5pm each Sunday. Hope to see you there.

PS. There are still some places for the free gardening workshops at Common Growth – email commongrowthuk@gmail.com to book a place.

Get sowing and growing    Saturday 13 April 10:30am – 12:30pm

Growing fruit in containers   Saturday 2o April 10:30am – 12:30pm

Pond Planting   Saturday 11 May 10:30am – 12:30pm

http://growwild.org.uk/food-growing-workshops-for-all/

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Job opportunity!

CHEF WANTED 

The Hill Station Community Café is urgently seeking to appoint an experienced Chef to
work up to 5 shifts a week preparing daily specials, short orders (including breakfasts)
and be responsible for planning and delivering the menu for each week.

This position would be for an initial 3 months to cover the absence of our current chef.
Payment will be calculated on an hourly basis (above London living wage minimum).

This position would suit someone who is keen to develop their flair for good cooking
and we welcome applicants who have at least one year’s experience of working in a
busy kitchen and have in their possession relevant food handling and hygiene training
certificates. Applicants must be able to prove that they can work well with other team
members (barista, serving staff and assistant cooks), enjoy engaging with members
of the public, and above all be able to show initiative drive and work hard to prepare
exciting but reasonably priced daily specials.

Please send CVs to Jacqui Shimidzu at Jacqui@thehillstation.org

Candidates will be expected to do a trial shift as part of the interview.