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Feb
1
Thu
Soil Health Talk @ Tiverton Town Hall
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Talk with Dave Beecher on ‘Agriculture, the environment and us’.

  • What is ‘healthy soil’?
  • What has soil health got to do with climate?
  • What has soil got to do with a ensuring a healthy environment?
  • How do different farming/cultivation techniques impact soil health?
  • What does an agri-culture based on building soil health look like?
  • How does such an approach improve life for farming families and communities?
  • What difference does a soil health approach to farming make to human health?

Come along to find out!

 Planetary boundariesThis is an introductory talk appropriate to both lay people and growers.  We hope it will inspire you to think more about where your food comes from, and particularly if you are involved in food production, inspire you to explore further, about how you can support soil health in your own systems, and how that in turn can support your triple bottom line (economics, environment and society).

 

Dave Beecher will discuss the role that agriculture plays in climate change – how it is currently one of the biggest carbon contributors, yet that we can make changes which could reverse the flow, instead using ecosystem restoration to bring more carbon underground whilst at the same time improving production, the financial bottom line, and ‘ecosystem services’.

He will delve into soil biological life, bringing soil micro-organisms to life through video and photos taken with a light microscope. He’ll consider their roles and how they interact, as a symbiotic community which provides many benefits including creating the vibrant material called humus, and then look at how conventional agriculture is impacting our soils – how cultivation, fertilizers and chemical sprays impact soil biology and us. This will be taken to another level by illustrating how the nutritional quality of food and our own health are affected, as well as that of the wider planet.

mycorrhizae sporesIn our current economic climate, with both growers and households coming under increased financial pressure, the issues surrounding farming are not easily solved. However some potential solutions to these problems will be presented by highlighting alternative, innovative approaches – from Ireland, UK and around the world.

Alongside this talk we are also running full-day workshops which will take those interested into more depth on the subject, and explain how to implement some of the principles discussed into practice.

Suggested Contribution: £7 per person including tea/coffee

For more information email natasha@regenag.co.uk or call 07866 674 205.
Feb
3
Sat
ReROOTed: Tiverton’s Surplus Food Cafe @ St Georges Church Extension
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Delicious lunch made from donated food that would otherwise be wasted. All welcome. Payment by donation, or free, as you feel. There is usually extra food surplus to take away with you, lovely people and often extra stalls and activities.

If you are interested in volunteering on the day contact: clairedexter38@gmail.com

Feb
8
Thu
Tiverton Green Drinks @ The Bank Pub
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

New for 2018 – if you want a change from meetings come along to ‘The Bank’ Pub in Tiverton to meet the Tiverton Area Communities Transition group for social chat about green and sustainability issues. All welcome.

Feb
17
Sat
Uffculme Give and Take @ Uffculme Farmers Market
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
24
Sat
Sustainable Crediton Seed Share @ Boniface Centre
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Share, Grow, Eat, he 10th annual Seed Share is back: bigger, better, and looking for participants and volunteers! There are still some spaces for those wanting to showcase their business, organisation or passion, anything relating to our food, growing and sustainability theme. Maybe you could offer to bake a cake or two to complement our waste food lunches? We also need some additional help on the day to set up and clear away etc – the Food Group has only four active members, and we can’t do it all, so we’d very much appreciate a hand, if you can spare an hour or more.

See the website for more details: https://sustainablecrediton.org.uk/food/yearbook/2018/seed-share-2018.aspx

Mar
3
Sat
ReROOTed: Tiverton’s Surplus Food Cafe @ St Georges Church Extension
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Delicious lunch made from donated food that would otherwise be wasted. All welcome. Payment by donation, or free, as you feel. There is usually extra food surplus to take away with you, lovely people and often extra stalls and activities.

If you are interested in volunteering on the day contact: clairedexter38@gmail.com

Mar
8
Thu
Tiverton Area Communities Transition AGM and film showing @ Tiverton Town Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Tiverton Area Communities Transition (TACT) for their AGM to find out about the great projects they do, how you can get involved, and the film showing of ‘The Worm is Turning’.

Visit their website: http://tiverton-community-transition.btck.co.uk/Contact%20us to contact TACT and join the mailing list.

Mar
10
Sat
Repair Cafe at Halberton Village Hall @ Halberton Village Hall
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Want something repaired? Fixed for Free?
Saturday 10th March

9.30 am – 12 noon
Tel: 0752 884 0699
Email: tivertonrepaircafe@outlook.com
Facebook.com/tivertonrepaircafe
Then bring it along to our Repair Café in the St Georges Extension, Fore Street, Tiverton, Devon,

 

We are a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation funded by donations and are part of Tiverton Area Communities in Transition (until recently Sustainable Villages) and Community Action Group Devon

Mar
17
Sat
Soil and Compost Doctor training day @ Knightshayes Gardens
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Soil and Compost Doctor training day @ Knightshayes Gardens | Tiverton | United Kingdom

Soil and Compost Doctor Training Day

Saturday 17th March 2018, 10am to 4pm

Knightshayes Garden, Tiverton

Back by popular demand, this hands on day is brought to you by the Tiverton Area Communities Transition (TACT) Celebration of Soil group, and Community Action Groups (CAG) Devon. Participants will come away with:

  • An understanding of what soil is, why we need to look after it, life in the soil and why compost is such a vital part;
  • An understanding of the composting process, including composting garden and food scraps, how to demonstrate composting to others and how to answer frequently asked questions;
  • Access to display materials to demonstrate composting to different groups;
  • Links to groups and areas where composting support is needed;
  • The opportunity to take part in the Celebration of Soil events in 2018, and be part of a network of Soil and Compost Dr’s in Mid-Devon.

For more information and to book email: info@cagdevon.org.uk

Uffculme Give and Take @ Uffculme Farmers Market
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm