Community Fund – COCA – February Update

February has been both “fill dyke” and also dry so a variety of tasks have been achieved at COCA this month. Caz has been helped latterly by Flemming, from Germany, here as Wwoofer until mid March. Bit by bit, old crops are being cleared from the field, the ancient woody stems of cabbages and cauli’s shredded for compost, and black plastic mulches are being lifted and stored for another season. In the polytunnels, new salads have been planted out and are growing away strongly, while the greens planted in November are cropping well so that members have enjoyed big bags of wonderful tasty mustards, mizuna, parsley, rocket and lettuce leaves. We have been let down with the over-winter carrot crop, since a rat or rabbit got in, and chewed off half the plants in just two days, as well as damaging our indoor spinach and broccoli plants. Grrr!

Despite that, Caz and Anne have planted up trays and trays of onion seed, various cabbages and all the tomatoes and peppers for the summer, and the propagation area is full with green shoots shooting. The outdoor cropping season begins next month as the field is cultivated bit by bit when the weather suits. Meanwhile, the Core Group has agreed that we can set up a hub for share collections in Goodwick (at the Seafront Garage), and design work for the new Cartref COCA share shed has begun in earnest. It’s going to be a busy year!

Easter holiday opening hours

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Spring has sprung, and we’re all very excited about it – not least because it’s nearly the Easter long weekend! We will be closed on Friday 3rd April and Monday the 6th in order to go and roll eggs down hills and eat chocolate until we feel sick. This does mean that any orders placed on Thursday the 2nd will not be delivered until Tuesday the 7th – so please do get your orders in by Wednesday if you need them before the weekend. Happy Easter!

Job vacancy – Accounts Assistant

Another new job at Vegware! We are currently looking for a full time accounts assistant to join the team. You will be a key member of the Accounts Team with a varied role which will include sales and purchase ledgers, credit control, cost analysis and reporting.

See the full job ad here.

Community Fund – Greener Leith – February Update

Greener LeithThe Children’s Orchard is going from strength to strength.  Last weekend we held our 5th annual pruning day in collaboration with the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and the trees are now looking like proper trees.  In the next few days the Forest School classes are also going to start again and this time the children from the local schools won’t have to sit on the cold ground as the picnic benches, made by inmates from Soughton Prison, will have been installed for their and their teachers comfort.

They will be working on a project to make information about the orchard more easily available on-line.  http://greenerleith.org.uk/orchard/ contains information about the trees in the orchard, the varieties and their cultivation, as well as drawings and poems by local children.  Greener Leith is hoping to do more fundraising in the future to enable more children to benefit from this unique variety of hands-on learning.  Let’s hope that this year brings a bumper crop!

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – February Update

This month there have been some amazing thunderstorms, and also some very dry days in a row which is rather unusual for this time of year – strange days! At the same time, when there are storms, there is often tree damage – many of the trees are very ‘top-heavy’ as they are often full of bromeliads, lianas, orchids and many other plant species higher up in the branches, so that when a wind does blow, the weakened branches come crashing down.

So, several of the paths around the hillsides have been blocked by falling branches and tree dwelling plants and some time has been spent undertaking some clearance work and there is plenty more to do………there are many parts of the land yet to be visited and properly investigated – keeping these paths open will enable this to happen at some point.

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Countdown to Pro2Pac and WasteWorks

It is now less than a week to go! We have plenty of reason to be excited; our gourmet range is shortlisted for an excellence award, and we’re hosting a roundtable discussion on barriers to zero waste in foodservice (25/3, 11.45-13.00). Our lovely sales team will also be on hand at the event to answer any questions you can think of! Get acquainted with the gourmet range by checking out our cracking new product demonstration or check out the food waste network website to learn more. Vegware will be exhibiting at stand S2012 of Pro2Pac and the Food Waste Network at stand S1957 of WasteWorks. Come say hello!

Community Fund – Broomhouse Health – February Update

Wow, a month and a half – we started off with the Scottish Government coming along for a press announcement about the People & Communities Fund, a pot of money that we are currently funded by. They were announcing more money being allocated to the Fund, and they did it with Communities Minister Alex Neil, at one of our cooking sessions!

The film can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKWFPIewR6k

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Community Fund – Batley Girls’ High School – February Update

The high winds and rain and that hampers the gardening work somewhat have given way to a period of calm bringing the overnight frosts perfect for killing off the unwanted bugs. As the frost comes out of the ground the surface becomes somewhat chucksticky – but it’s better than being waterlogged.

The green shoots – of the daffodil are now visible around the school grounds and with those added last autumn we should have a good display to look forward to.

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Vegware community fund wins CSR award!

We are delighted to have bagged ourselves a Corporate Social Responsibility award from the FPA last night! The recognition is for our community fund, which supports sustainability in the wider community by giving monthly grants to grassroots non-profit groups and charities. Find out more here, and check out the gallery to see some of the great projects we support in action!