February the 3rd: SOUP-er Sunday at Common Growth


Hi Everyone,

The dark and miserable month of January is nearly over and slowly our daylight hours are increasing again.Yeah! To celebrate this we are starting February with another SOUP-er Sunday on the 3rd of February! Louise from Grow Wild will be sharing some delicious home made soup with us and if weather permits do a little cooking demo as well. Everyone is welcome to join us from 2-5pm! The attached photo was taken at a previous Soup-er Sunday. We are keen to continue to share food and conversation at Common Growth – and we’re looking for more people to get involved with the cooking, sharing and the gardening, so do come along some time!

As ever there are plenty of tasks to get involved in at Common Growth, such as finishing the building of the greenhouse, building steps, digging the pond, and constructing the pergola. There is also still some ‘Elephant Garlic’ to plant – I know a bit late for garlic, but better than never (I’m not sure that’s a phrase in English – I’m translating from Dutch!)

Hope to see you on Sunday.

On behalf of Common Growth

P.S. Do make sure your come prepared for mud and rain! (I’m not sure I’m selling it here, but MetCheck said only Light Rain for Sunday afternoon, so no excuses!)

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Halloween at Common Growth

The Halloween Event at Common Growth was a success.  Many thanks to Suriya, Ruth, Louise, Ella and Jim who organised it. There was games, singing, planting, art, and a soup making demonstration by Louise from Grow Wild. The photos attached tell the story of a fun afternoon!  It is great to see that the space is put to good use this time a year. Hope to see more of this at CG in the future.
We’ll be doing more building stuff over the winter period. Not too much growing anymore – apart from Broad beans and garlic, and some salads. We’re also waiting to pick the brussels sprouts and dig up the Jerusalem Artichokes. Does anybody know how you’re supposed to know the artichokes  are ready for digging up?

Some of us have discussed having a ‘Christmas Party’ at the garden with mulled wine and mince pies! You’ll definitely be invited if it happens…!

See you soon.

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Food Mixer now available!

Bold Vision is proud to announce the arrival of Mixer number 3 – this time it’s the Food Mixer.

Inspired by the launch of the Grow Wild project based in and around News Cross and Telegraph Hill this edition collects together contributions from artists, writers, chefs and cultivators all connected by the area’s market garden history. Every copy includes free litmus paper for finding out what kind of soil you have (post results here), and a voucher to exchange for a free clove of garlic to grow. You can pick up your copy from

  • Green Shoots, Besson Street, SE14 5SE;
  • Hill Station, Kitto Rd, SE14 5SG;
  • Telegraph Hill Centre office, Kitto Rd, SE14 5TY;
  • Common Growth garden, Sandbourne Rd SE4 2NS and
  • New Cross Learning, New Cross Rd, SE14 6AS
  • Generations Playclub (1 o’clock club), Telegraph Hill Park
  • New Cross Health Centre, Goodwood Rd
  • Charity Shop NX Rd
  • Hair & Beauty Studio, NX Rd
  • Cafe Crema, NX Rd
  • Allotment Shop NX Rd
  • Madison Express NX Rd
  • Goldsmiths Student Union
  • Goldsmiths main building
  • Goldsmiths new building
  • The Waldron Centre, Stanley St
  • The London Particular cafe, NX Rd

Or look out for the Food Mixer in local coffee shops and other outlets. If you would like a copy but aren’t able to visit to pick one up, let us know at boldvisionmail@gmail.com or phone 07812 638301 and we will try to get one to you. Happy reading, planting, growing and eating!

Care about food? 7.30pm Sept 8th

The New Cross Transition Food Group is interested in what we eat. Where it comes from, how it is grown and paid for and stored and cooked. And most importantly what we can do to improve our personal food chain. Please come and join us to discuss this universal topic. Informal, friendly meeting.

Explore ideas for how our community can make our food more
sustainable, local, healthy and fair for all. Promoting local food growing and the New Cross Food Co-op. Join us and help make it happen! Everyone welcome!
For enquiries email: transitionnewcross@gmail.com, Twitter: @TT_NewCross

Explore ideas for how our community can make our food moresustainable, local, healthy and fair for all. Promoting localfood growing and the New Cross Food Co-op. Join us and helpmake it happen! Everyone welcome!For enquiries email: transitionnewcross@gmail.comWeb: transitionnewcross.orgTwitter: @TT_NewCross


Minutes of last meeting;

– Matters arising
– Report on progress with Local food networks
– Report on progress with Community outreach

In addition we hope to have have two short presentations:

– Fran of Transition Brockley will tlak about their food projects and invite discussion about how we can work together;
– Amina, is the manager of a new local cafe (‘Come the Revolution’) that would like to use locally grown food and has some space for selling produce.

Common Growth update and Open day 07.05.11

Workday this Saturday 7th May from 11 to 5. Please come along and join in.

Plotting and digging continues apace… see this update for news from the Common Growth project…. and remember you are welcome to get involved. Common Growth – Update April 2011

Maybe you want to learn some techniques for your own garden, grow here because you don’t have a garden, grow here because it’s more fun to do with others, share some seedlings, share some skills… we all eat food so we can all grow food.