In the Spring of 2011 we decided to turn the plot over to fruit production rather than veg growing, and to no longer run it as a community plot. It’s a sad decision but we have had serious problems with a colony of biting ants that have invaded the site, making it an unpleasant working environment. We have been unable to get rid of these despite trying various organic methods. For this reason we will slowly be turning the land over to lower maintenance perennial crops – mostly tree and bush fruit that requires little soil disturbance. We will manage the site as a small core group. Thank you to everyone that has participated in growing veg at the site, we hope you’ve enjoyed it and if anyone is interested in helping out with looking after the plot regularly that would be great – but we are no longer holding open plot sessions on Sundays. However the plot will continue to provide local, organically grown produce to people who can make good use of it.
Archive for the ‘Food Growing’ Category
In September a few of us harvested blackberries along the Fallowfield loop in Levenshulme – it was a perfectly sunny, autumnal morning. Elizabeth (left) and Jubreti (right) each managed to find a few handfuls!
The garden has been nurtured by people seeking asylum in the UK, some of whom regularly volunteer at the Abundance Manchester plot and help to grow food that is then distributed to those in need.
MCC’s Carbon Innovation Fund has enabled Abundance Manchester to run these much needed workshops.
Since March, Abundance Manchester has provided free food growing workshops to some of our recipient groups. Workshops aim to model how we can grow our own and reduce food miles with limited space and resources, as well as provide a social learning environment.
Visit the Abundance Manchester website for updates on the lovely fruit & veg participants are nurturing.
Workshops are funded by Manchester City Council’s Carbon Innovation Fund.
Beans, courgettes, apples, tomatoes, marrows, pears and even grapes- in the last couple of weeks all this and more has been donated to Abundance! The veg donations have been particularly generous, with lots of unusually coloured veg donated from two allotment shows- check out the pink and purple beans! The fruit and veg has been distributed to The Boaz Trust project for destitute asylum seekers, Safestop hostel for young homeless women and Cornerstone, which provides meals for homeless people. Thanks for all donations!
We had an unexpected but welcome guest at the Abundance plot last Sunday… A fox came by and had a look around, completely unphased by 5 of us! He / she even came up close to pose for a series of photos…
Beans, courgettes, squash and tomatoes are all growing well in the baths at the Abundance plot..
Our first apple picking session of the year came unexpectedly early! On Saturday we got our first call to pick apples, three weeks earlier than last apple season. We dusted off our home made fruit picking devices and headed to a house in Chorlton,where the apples were already ripe and falling from the tree. They were piled onto our new trailers and cycled to Cornerstone, a hostel for homeless people, where they were gratefully received by Sister Lucy. The following day we harvested from the Abundance plot, combined it with the generous donations from other allotments and delivered it next door to Safestop, a hostel for people with mental health needs.
This week we’ve been harvesting peas, broad beans, lettuce and kale. They have been donated to the hostel next door, which helps people with mental health issues move towards living independently. Aproximate distance food has travelled from soil to plate: 10 metres.
We now have several baths of salad at the Abundance plot. Last Sunday some of it was harvested and donated to Stockport Cerebal Palsy Society, which runs regular cooking sessions.
Down at the Abundance plot we’ve been creating a pond to encourage biodiversity. We’re also hoping to get some resident frogs to eat the slugs so we have more veg left to give away!