Coupar Angus Community Gardens

September in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

The nights are getting colder, the winds are getting stronger and the sun’s warmth is definitely weaker…….. Autumn is here.  The gardens growth has slowed down – now is the time to keep harvesting, do some reflecting and start our winter planning!

With a fantastic summer behind us we have learnt lots, grown lots and enjoyed lots together.

September has been busy – we have had a superb bread baking session, a group outing to two organic farms, participated in the community action picnic and have a seed saving event coming up tomorrow. Our Wednesday night gardening sessions are regularly getting 15 – 20  people, our produce from the gardens has exceeded 120 kg in the last two months and we have a fantastic group of volunteers who sell both ours and our local growers produce through the High Street Shop.

We are planning some exciting Autumnal events, focusing on the abundance of the apple harvest we have hired a “scratter” and apple press for the market on 15th October (time to start scrumping), have a kids cooking Halloween themed party planned and are starting our “go grow garden group” in the evenings – a series of indoor learning sessions to get us exploring more gardening techniques in these cool winter months!

Come join us – new faces are always welcomed and we are keen to expand.  Contact Sharon  on 07833938536 if you want more information on any of the above activities.

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What’s on in October

12th October in the community shop on the High Street 5.30 – 7pm

Feedback Session with the community garden volunteers – come along, chat with other volunteers and growers from the gardens about the season we’ve had, how we can improve, and plan the winters activities.

15th October 10am – 2pm

Community Market in the town square with apple press and scratter – bring your excess eating apples along to the shop before-hand and we’ll turn them into juice for you to collect on the 15th – see poster above!

26th October

In the evening we’ll be providing hot, yummy, healthy food from the gardens and locally to support the Night Cycle in conjunction with the Coupar Angus Cycle Hub.

29th October 3 – 5pm

Kids Halloween Spoooooky Cooking Party in the gardens on Caddam Road. Come dressed up and cook up a scary feast with us! (Booking essential – 07833938536 for details)

 

 

August in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

Its been a spectacular summer here in Coupar Angus and as a community garden we have been super busy and super abundant!

And while we know how important the gardens are as a supply of food and local produce – we are also keenly aware of the people behind the project!

The gardens are here entirely due to the community efforts, enthusiasm and hard work of the many people who give their time and hard work to make them such a wonderful place! WELL DONE!

Below are some photos from this months fun – skillshares in dying wool with natural plants, pizzas in the cob oven and potato harvests to be proud of!

We are always looking for new faces to join us – please get in contact if you are interested in helping and learning down at the gardens – we hope to see you there! Call Sharon on 07833938536 if you are interested in joining us.

What’s on in September

9th September 3pm – 8pm  Community Action Picnic in the town hall – lots of community groups represented – find out whats happening in Coupar Angus!

16th September 3pm in the community gardens on Caddam Road Free Bread Baking Demonstration with expert bread baker Susan Stark

17th September Community Market in the town square with free tastings of local seasonal food

29th September 3pm – 5pm Free Seed Saving Workshop in the Community Gardens

June in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

June has been a huge month for growing and other activities down in the gardens – We’ve had some very busy Wednesday night volunteer sessions, started our Sunday nights “bring and shares” and have hosted several skill-shares in the gardens, with new people coming to learn bush-craft, painting and soon to come – making things with pallets!

All Skill-shares offered for FREE of charge!

As schools break up next week – we also hope to see plenty of kids and families down at the gardens and have lots of events where they are invited to join! Not least our family fun art day on the 13th August – where we will have a fun, messy, arty, outdoorsy afternoon planned with local artists Cat and Wayne.

But the cream on the cake this month, has to have been our new community shop, which has opened at number 2 High Street, (the old Meg’s Cafe).  This shop is a wonderful outlet for our excess garden produce and a brilliant place to find local, seasonal veg at a low price, while also show casing some wonderful artwork for local crafts people.   We hope to see you there!

We welcome all people of Coupar Angus into the community gardens – they are a lovely place to stop for a rest when out walking, exploring or adventuring with the children and we believe they are a vital part of Coupar Angus’s commitment to a lower carbon future and food independence in our region.

Come and Join us on Saturday 13th August for some FREE Family Art Fun at the Caddam Road, Community Garden with local artists Cat and Wayne. We will be painting a large colourful “Save the Planet” mural for the garden site, creating some eco banners/flags, painting some slate pictures to take home and generally having some messy eco themed fun. Children should be accompanied by parents or guardians and come in messy, “doesn’t matter if they get dirty clothes”.  Event starts at 1pm till 4pm.  To book please text 07833938536

Dates for you diary at the Caddam Road Community Garden.

The next free Skill-Share event will be “Pallets, Making & Breaking” Thursday 14th July 3pm – 5pm

Free Skill-Share event “Spindle Spinning” Thursday 28th July 3pm – 5pm

Free Skill-Share event “Learning to Dye Wool with Plants” Friday 26th August 5pm – 7pm

Free Skill-Share event “Introduction to Permaculture” Saturday 13th August 10am – 1pm, (Nether Larghan, Coupar Angus)

JOIN US FOR “Bring and Share Sundays” 3pm – 7pm Sunday 31st July

For more information contact Sharon on 07833938536

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May in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

Update from Sharon at Forward Coupar Angus

May has been a busy month! The weather has been fantastic and the plants are growing well. The tomatoes and chillies are out in the poly tunnel, the kales and cabbages are growing fast and the salads are stunning. Our Wednesday evening volunteer nights have been busy – we have about 10 regular folks coming down and growing together – always lots of fun, with some beautiful sunny Spring evenings.. we have completed the cob oven – now to start planning some pizza nights! We have also experienced a month of plentiful giving! Our HUGE thanks to the folks that have given their time and energy and resources to the gardens – including:

  • Jon – for making wonderful flower boxes from recycled pallets
  • Steve – An amazing new sign created by hand for the gardens
  • Sue – for dropping of seedlings and plants for the gardens… and for the amazing liquid feed! The tomatoes are happier already…
  • Alison – for donating paint brushes for the sign painting!
  • Saranne – BUNTING!!! wow
  • To all the folks who came by after the poly tunnel was vandalised and helped fix it… a huge thanks for the support..
  • The MAD squad – who helped bury the fork… big thanks to Joe, Jon, Kenny, Bruce and David for making digging a huge hole a lot of fun!
  • Perthshire Timber Co – for donating wood to enable us to start building our outdoor classroom, seats and tables – a massive thanks!

We are looking forward to June – we have lots of events planned – we hope to see you there!

Brassicas

We’ve had a massive crop of brassicas, Yum! Please do come and see us on a Wednesday if you’d like some!

 

Please contact Sharon on 07833938536 or email couparangusfood@outlook.com

More to follow…

 

Update from ‘The Field’ Dunkeld

Despite extremes of weather from cold and windy to wonderfully warm and sunny within a week, we have made good progress on planting our summer and autumn crops. The tatties went in a few weeks ago but no sign yet of any growth. Thousands of onions have been planted and are growing well, but need a little love and attention to keep them growing through the fabric which is covering them to prevent weeds from spreading. Leeks are doing well in the polytunnel and will be planted out soon. Spinach, beans, peas are all being planted out and the Kitchen Garden is looking good with garlic coming on strongly.

DunkeldShedThe asparagus plot we planted last year for cultivation from 2017/2018 does not seem to be doing very well but we will keep an eye on it.

All this would not have been achieved without the sterling work carried out by all our volunteers and if you are interested come along to the field any Thursday, Saturday or Sunday morning from 10am and join in.

In addition we intend to start selling again in mid July so will have teams of people harvesting, preparing crops for selling, taking down to the stalls on a Tuesday at Birnam Arts and on a Saturday at the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld. We will start organising this during June so if you are interested see contact information below.

Finally a date for your diary is our Annual Summerfest on Sunday 4th September at the field.

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