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"Not all seedlings are weeds. You may feel that life is too short to leave a seedling in till it's large enough to identify. My own feeling is that life's too interesting not to leave it there until you can identify it."
(Christopher Lloyd, 'The Well Tempered Garden', 1973)

All meetings and garden visits are free to NOG members. All meetings held at the Friends Meeting House are open to non-members for a small entry fee.

Future Events

 

Date 

Event Description

 

April 24th 2017

Monday 7.30pm

"Secrets of the Soil"

From identifying soil types, to Mycorrhiza. Everything you wanted to know about the soil and it's care. Improve your soil. This is a practical session, and you are invited to bring samples of your soil for some simple testing.

Talk by Charlotte Philcox

"Seedling Sale"

*Please bring any seedlings, labelled, that you would like to sell to this event.

Refreshments Tea, Coffee, Cake. Seed Swap Table

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW. (next to St. Giles Car Park)

£2 entry for non-members

 

Past Events

Date 

Event Description

March 27th 2017

Monday 7.30pm

"Producing milk with compassion"

Making the world a better place for dairy cows.

Why I set up my high welfare micro-dairy. I use the "Calf at Foot" Dairying System, sharing the cow's milk with her calf. Why raw milk is so good for you. Why I chose to be certified Pasture For Life (100% grass feeding) and why properly holistically managed grazing animals are good for our planet and the produce from them is better for our health, than from other systems. We work to, and beyond organic certifying standards. I will bring milk to taste and to sell.

Talk by Fiona Provan

Refreshments Tea, Coffee, Cake. Seed Swap Table

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW. (next to St. Giles Car Park)

£2 entry for non-members

February 27th 2016

Monday 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW. (next to St. Giles Car Park)

Non-members welcome, but cannot vote at AGM.

"The wonderful world of Stinging Nettles"

Nettles are often much maligned and under appreciated, but their many uses and merits will surprise you. From their first recorded use in prehistory, their wide variety of associated invertebrate life, to the modern-day kitchen. For example, what exactly does happen to nettle tea when you add lemon juice ? Why dock leaves are useless as an antidote to nettle stings ? They provide a fascinating story for us

Talk by Fay Jones

Refreshments Tea, Coffee, Cake. Seed Swap Table

£2 entry for non-members

February 11th 2017

Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm

East Anglia Potato Day

Mid-Suffolk Showground. 86 varieties of potato tubers ordered for 2017. Hoping to have approx 25 varieties of potato tuber produced organically. This very popular event began, back in 1996 and provides an opportunity for growers to purchase certified Scottish seed potatoes by the tuber. Most tubers are priced at 17p each, apart from a few. East Anglian Potato Day is run jointly with our sister groups in Suffolk. Group volunteers are rewarded with £5 worth of free seed potato tubers, for their efforts. If you feel you would like to volunteer and receive your free seed potatoes, please contact Mr Julian Turner or any of the Norfolk Organic Group committee members. The day also includes many stalls with relevance to organic gardeners and growers, including potato chip tasting sessions, food and drink refreshments, seed swap table, carrot fly mesh fabric and root trainer sales, onion sets, seed and soft fruit plant sales, potato sack sales, recycling and composting, books, pre loved tools etc.

Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6AT

Entry £1.50

Potato Day Website

January 30th 2017

Monday 7.30pm

"Hedgehogs are in serious trouble"

What's happening and how you can help!

Jayne Moore of BBC Radio 4 fame and from Greensted Hedgehog Rescue will discuss the serious position hedgehogs are in now. They could be gone by 2020! What you should do if you find a Hedgehog in the daytime and how you can support Hedgehogs living in your garden. How your can support the people who volunteer to help Hedgehogs that need help. www.greenstedhedgehogrescue.com

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£3 entry for non-members (£1 goes to the rescue centre)

November 24th 2016

Thursday 7.30pm

"Coping with Climate Change in the Garden"

Practical ways, in which, Bob copes with the changing weather patterns

Talk by Norfolk Organic Group President, Bob Flowerdew

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£3 entry for non-members

October 31st 2016

Monday 7:30pm

"Oats and Beans and Quinoa Grow" !

A talk by Josiah Meldrum and Nick Saltmarsh of Hodmedod's

Hodmedod are a fascinating local company, growing and supplying less usual and overlooked pulses and grains. Emerging from a Norwich project that asked whether the city could feed itself; they began with Fava Beans (small dried broad beans), widely-grown but not much eaten in the UK, and have since added a range of Oganic Peas, Naked Barley and Quinoa, Pulse Flours, Snacks and Canned Beans. Their Organic Carlin peas, which have a lovely nutty flavour, won two "Soil Association BOOM Award's" this year and the company also won Best Food Business in "Suffolk’s Greenest County Awards". Hodmedod aims to inspire people to eat more plant protein, make a fair return to farmers and help create a more sustainable food system. They also have amazing product packaging by designed by Andy Croft, of whom created our Norfolk Organic Group information leaflet and posters!

*Norfolk Organic Group,members, please bring in your spare packets of seeds, to swap, on the evening, heritage seeds, especially welcomed !

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

September 26th 2016

Monday 7:30pm

"Save Open Pollinated Seeds to give you True Seeds, to attract and protect our Biodiversity".

A background of the seed situation we are in, growing seeds locally and how to save our seeds, emphasizing the need to work with open pollinated seeds.

Talk by Peter Brinch

Peter completed his formal studies on Biodynamic Agriculture in Jarna, Sweden, in 1984. Ever since then he has been working with and on the land in one way or another. From 2001 till 2006 he worked for the Biodynamic Association as Seed Development Fieldsman when he traveled from farm to farm, working with and assisting farmers to save their seeds. Together with Pupak Haghighi, he established Open Pollinated Seeds Initiative in 2010 in England to raise awareness and promote the practise of using and investing in the open pollinated seeds throughout the world.

*Norfolk Organic Group,members, please bring in your spare packets of seeds, to swap, on the evening, heritage seeds, especially welcomed !

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

September 4th 2016

Sunday 2.00pm

A Social Afternoon with Wood Fired Pizzas

Visit to the 5 acre property of one of our life time Norfolk Organic Group members Martyn and Lil Newton. Located at Memory Cottage, Church Lane Ringsfield Beccles Suffolk NR34 8JY.There will be sign posts put up, to help direct you, with directions.There will be plenty of car parking available.

members only

This is an opportunity to talk and meet other Norfolk Organic Group members and their families. We rarely have time, after our evening group talks to meet properly. Being a group member that cares about Organic principles, it is easy to share our passions, ideas and practical solutions. Please bring a friend and hopefully inspire them to become more interested in becoming Organic too. We are hoping to have a pizza oven and have freshly baked pizza’s for you to enjoy. Martyn and Lils home and land is very interesting. They have built a straw bale cottage which they rent out on Air BNB. Please visit following for more details : https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/12090177?guests=1&s=GSXFR-XS This was a practice run for the larger house they planned to build the same way. It involved a lot of physical work and Martyn and Lil have just been to visit a company abroad, who provide already built straw bale walls that are delivered to you. For inspiration check out the following : www.modcell.com/ and a youtube presentation of the panels being put up : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N1h9x8Y3bg             Martyn and Lil have also built a small self-contained separate flat they call the piano room in their garden with a living roof and made from Timber. They have very interesting willow fencing sheltering their flower and vegetable beds, which they constructed quite cheaply, with 2 trailer loads of cut Willow for £40 which made 25 metres. They live in a 500 year old cottage surrounded by 5 acres of land , with lovely flower beds with wild flowers, vegetable beds and scenic views. There are Nut copses, Fruit trees, and livestock with Pigs, Rams Sheep and Lambs, also Chickens. It Has everything! Please can you book for this party, as we are providing food. Could you also bring a chair or mat, cutlery and any pizza toppings you like and whatever you drink. We will provide tomato sauce and mozzarella. It would be great if Group Members could bring any home grown Basil, Salad, Fruit and any Homemade Cake also. This would bring a smile. We want to encourage vehicle lift sharing, please let us know if you are willing to give other Norfolk Organic Group Members a shared lift, at the time of booking. To book contact Brigid Hayward publicity@norfolkorganic.org.uk if in south Norwich or Norfolk Please let us know if you think you would be happy to help with preparing the pizzas. We will need volunteers. Please let Brigid know by email. Thank you.

July 17th 2016

Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Visit to Robert Bailey's Allotment

Plot 60 on Bluebell South Allotments, just off The Avenues, Norwich NR4 7DN. 2nd plot on the right adjacent the gate. Norfolk Organic Group direction signs will be displayed. Car Parking is located on The Avenues or George Borrow Road. Refreshments, Tea & Cake.

members only

Robert's (also known as William) allotment was featured in the November 2015 edition of the "Kitchen Garden" magazine. The allotment has raised beds, using redundant household radiators 20” high. Robert's allotment also features, a large fruit cage containing Gogi berries and a new Scottish super food, Saskatoon’s. Two active wormeries and a pond.

June 26th 2016

Sunday 12.30pm - 4.00pm

Visit to Bob Flowerdew's Garden

Harvey Lodge, Harvey Lane, Dickleburgh, Norfolk IP21 4NL

members entry free, plus a guest

Always an inspiring visit, for the organic gardener. Members who have never visited, this is a your chance to talk to Bob in person (Norfolk Organic Group, President) and see how he gardens organically, here in Norfolk.

May 23rd 2016

Monday 7:30pm

"Easy cheap ways to make your home less toxic" Learn about the potential toxic things we inadvertently bring into our homes and gardens and begin to plan your cool green spring clean.

Talk by Helen Lynn

Helen has worked on issues linking health and the environment since 1995. Her work includes, working for the Women’s environmental network, and at EU level with Women in Europe for a common future . Helen is the one of the founders of the No more breast cancer campaign. Helen is also on the Soil Association's Health Products Standards committee. Helen facilitates the Alliance for cancer prevention. Finally, she is working on launching a new cosmetics and environmental initiative called Coolgreen.

*Norfolk Organic Group,members, please bring in your spare packets of seeds, to swap, on the evening, heritage seeds, especially welcomed !

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

February 29th 2016

Monday 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Non-members welcome, but cannot vote at AGM. No charge

February 13th 2016

Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm

East Anglia Potato Day

Mid-Suffolk Showground. 100+ varieties sold by tuber from 16p each. Refreshments, books, tools etc.

Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6AT

Entry £1.50

Potato Day Website

November 26th 2015

Thursday 7.30pm

"Duff Stuff" or how horticultural experts misinform and mislead us

Talk by NOG President, Bob Flowerdew

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£3 entry for non-members

September 28th 2015

Monday 7:30pm

Cosmic Influences on Plants

Talk by Philip Culley

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

August 23rd 2015

Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Visit to John Mott's Garden

62 Great Melton Road, Hethersett, Norfolk. NR9 3HA

July 21st 2015

Tuesday 6.30pm

Visit to FarmShare Norwich

guided tour of the FarmShare area, with teas and cakes

Postwick Roundabout, off the A47 bypass

Directions: http://norwichfarmshare.co.uk/visit/

members £2 entry

June 28th 2015

Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Visit to Bob Flowerdew's Garden

Harvey Lodge, Harvey Lane, Dickleburgh, Norfolk IP21 4NL

members and guests

May 17th 2015

Sunday 2.00pm

Visit to Jeremy Kent's Smallholding

with teas and cakes

Church Farm, Arminghall, Norwich NR14 8SG

members and guests, free entry

April 27th 2015

Monday 7:30pm

Hedgehogs - Their History and Ecology

Talk by Jillian Macready

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

March 30th 2015

Monday 7:30pm

Enclosing Eden - The Story of the Walled Kitchen Garden

An illustrated Talk by Charlotte Philcox

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

February 23th 2015

Monday 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting

followed by a Talk and Discussion on Changes in the Composition and Value of Food, led by Mike Hall

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Non-members welcome, but cannot vote at AGM. No charge

February 14th 2015

Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm

East Anglia Potato Day

Mid-Suffolk Showground. 100+ varieties sold by tuber from 16p each. Refreshments, books, tools etc.

Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6AT

Entry £1.50

Potato Day Website

January 26th 2015

Monday 7:30pm

Weeds and how to Cultivate Them

An illustrated Talk by Robert Maidstone, professional gardener and naturalist

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

November 27th 2014

Thursday 7:30pm

How to Smell More in the Garden

Talk by NOG President Bob Flowerdew

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£3 entry for non-members

October 27th 2014

Monday 7:30pm

Vegetable Growing in Small Spaces

Talk by Pauline Harper, Gardening Expert and Show Judge

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

September 29th 2014

Monday 7:30pm

Seasonal Topfruit

Talk by Robin Parker

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

September 7th 2014

Sunday 11.30am-5.00pm

Thornage Hall 25th Anniversary Fete

Camphill Community biodynamic farm and gardens, Thornage Hall, NR25 7QH

Produce, Handicrafts, Entertainments and Refreshments

August 5th 2014

Tuesday Meet at 6.30pm

Visit to Walnut Tree Farm, Spooner Row, for either 'Herbal Medicines Walk' with Christine Herbert or 'Guided Tour of Smallholding' with Mark Naylor

Spooner Row, NR18 9LN

small charge of £2, under 16s free

August 3rd 2014

Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm

Norfolk Smallholders Training Group 8th Annual Show and Market

Sheringham Park NR26 8TL

entry £5, under 16s free

July 20th 2014

Sunday from 2.00pm

Visit to 'The Old Rectory', Aslacton,

Marilyn and Peter's Smallholding, with Afternoon tea and cake !

Aslacton, NR15 2JN

by kind invitation of Marilyn and Peter Robinson

July 6th 2014

Sunday 12.00–4.00pm

Visit to Bob Flowerdew’s Garden

Harvey Lodge, Harvey Lane, Dickleburgh, IP21 4NL

Members and their guests only; bring membership card or newsletter as proof of membership.

Entry: guests £1

June 11th 2014

Wednesday 6.30pm

Visit to Raveningham Hall Kitchen Garden

Raveningham Hall, Raveningham, NR14 6NS

Tour with Head Gardener Carol Clutten

Charge £3.50 per head, under 16s free, numbers limited, please book with Mike Hall, 01379 740636 by 8th June

May 10th 2014

Saturday Meet at 10.00am

Visit and Conducted Tour of Farm and Gardens, Thornage Hall Camphill Community

Thornage Hall, NR25 7QH

April 28th 2014

Monday 7:30pm

Composting and Care of the Soil

Talk by Terry Rands, Organic Smallholder and Writer

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

March 31st 2014

Monday 7:30pm

An Introduction to Biodynamics and the Preparations

talk by Philip Culley, Land Supervisor for the Thornage Camphill Community

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

February 24th 2014

Monday 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting

Followed by discussion on what members want from NOG

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Non-members welcome, but cannot vote at AGM. No charge

January 27th 2014

Monday 7:30pm

Companion Plants

A talk and discussion led by Mike Hall

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

February 8th 2014

Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm

East Anglia Potato Day

Mid-Suffolk Showground. 100+ varieties sold by tuber from 15p each. Refreshments, books, tools etc.

Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6AT

Entry £1.50

Potato Day Website

November 28th 2013

Thursday 7:30pm

A threat to us all - even more things to worry about

Talk by our President Bob Flowerdew

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£3 entry for non-members

October 28th 2013

Monday 7:30pm

Squash it or not

Illustrated talk by Robert Maidstone, the professional gardener and naturalist

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

September 30th 2013

Monday 7:30pm

Getting the most from your vegetable plot

Illustrated talk by Charlotte Philcox

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

£2 entry for non-members

September 15th 2013

Sunday 11am – 5pm

Wolterton Organic Garden Open Day

Wolterton Park, Erpingham, NR11 7LY

Biodynamic vegetables growing in walled gardens Entry: adults £2, children free; car parking free.

Note: NOG members have to pay the entry fee

August 20th 2013

Tuesday 6.30pm

Visit to Sam Eglington’s market garden

Podmore, NR19 2NY

Sam’s market garden supplies organic food to local outlets.

Members and their guests only

July 9th 2013

Tuesday 7pm

Wolterton Organic Garden – guided tour by David Barker

Wolterton Park, Erpingham, NR11 7LY

Members and their guests only Numbers strictly limited: book with Mike Hall by Saturday 6th July on 01379 740636.

Meet 7pm in courtyard

Entry: NOG members and their guests £2/person

June 30th 2013

Sunday 12n – 4pm

Visit to Bob Flowerdew’s Garden

Harvey Lodge, Harvey Lane, Dickleburgh, IP21 4NL

Members and their guests only; bring membership card or newsletter as proof of membership.

Entry: guests £1

May 19th 2013

Sunday 11am – 5pm

Wolterton Organic Garden Open Day

Wolterton Park, Erpingham, NR11 7LY

Biodynamic vegetables growing in walled gardens NOG stall with books and advice Entry: adults £2, children free; car parking free.

Note: NOG members have to pay the entry fee

April 29th 2013

Monday 7:30pm

Guarantee your harvest & save our vegetable heritage

by Trish Le Gal

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

The ‘hungry gap’ (March, April, May) is my very favourite time of year and a real test of feeding ourselves all year round. I’ll be sharing my experiences with heritage seed varieties and why I like them so much. I’ll be bringing with me seedlings to sell ~ a few tomatoes, celeriac, chard, lettuce, cabbages, squash, courgette, broccoli, sprouts, cauli, beans. With trying out several heritage varieties each year, I generally have one or two that thrive in adversity.

£2 entry for non members

April 14th 2013

Sunday Noon – 3.00pm

Visit to Trish le Gal’s allotment in the hungry gap

Trish has written a great book about it!

Trish will provide refreshments. Northfield lane, Wells.

This is a visit for members and guests only, please book for a place and directions by emailing brigid@agcl.com or calling 01508 520532

March 25th 2013

Monday 7:30pm

Sustainability in the Post Austerity Age

by Prof. Tim O’Riordan, OBE (UEA & Soil Association)

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Sustainable localism; community-led politics and economics; a three-day working week. These seem off-the-wall now, but they won’t by 2020, let alone 2030. In such a scenario, organics and permaculture would have a huge role to play, as would changing diets to more “meatlessness” and locally produced food.

£2 entry for non-members

Febuary 25th 2013

Monday 7:30pm

Norfolk Organic Group AGM

'Norwich FarmShare: Connecting community with food growing on 7 acres. Our story so far.' A talk by Teirney Woods.

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Norwich FarmShare: Connecting community with food growing on 7 acres. 'Our Story So Far'. Members of the social enterprise will share their experience of creating a community-run vegetable growing business. You’ll hear of how it got started, the site and soil, how people have benefited from being on the land and opportunities to get involved.

Jan 28th 2013

Monday 7:30pm

Successful Potato Growing (And A Chance To Taste 12 Types)

A Talk By Julian Turner

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Potatoes are a huge part of the energy requirement of a typical organic home. Nearly all of us want to grow some of our own, and usually do. Sometimes we can be disappointed by poor results and this talk should give some ideas to avoid pitfalls and keep results satisfying from one year to the next.

"A NOG member for the past 28 years, Julian Turner has been organising the regional Potato Day since 1996 offering a real choice for taste."

Nov 26th 2012

Monday 7:30pm

Wholefood Trading with Organic Standards

A Talk by Richard Austin of Rainbow Wholefoods.

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Richard will talk about his experience of buying and selling organic goods as a wholesaler and retailer: Why buy organic? How has the organic movement and public opinion changed? And what’s it like to work with the Soil Association’s regulations for 36 years?

Oct 29th 2012

Monday 7:30pm

Soil and Roots – The Key to Growing Good Vegetables

A Talk by Sam Eglington

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Local market gardener Sam Eglington will be talking about the inter relationship of soil roots and micro organisms; how to grow good root crops ; and what you can do in the vegetable garden before winter really takes hold, to get an earlier crop next year.

Sept 27th 2012

Thurs 7:30pm

Bob Flowerdew Talk: Coping with Drought

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Cunning ways to make your garden productive and floriferous in the face of adversity and water companies. Including digging wells, installing syphons, free water tanks and other water storage devices.

August 25th 2012

Sat from 12pm

Visit Trish le Gal's Allotments

...All 6 of them, right by the coast! We are going to try to use buses. (£8 return from Norwich) 29 bus to Fakenham. There are trains to Sheringham from Norwich and then the Coasthopper. There's the bus to Fakenham (X29) and then the 29 (and sometimes you stay on the X29) to Wells. Please check buses here.

Email Brigid (chair@...) to let have an idea of numbers going.

Please be aware that visits to private gardens are for members and guests only. Please bring a newsletter with you.

August 5th 2012

Sun 10am to 4pm

Norfolk Smallholder's Show

Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7DU. Please do not use Sat. Nav as it will not find the venue. Please drive to Holt then use the Kelling Road.

Members Free. Non members £5.

This is a lovely event: small enough to be personal and big enough to be interesting. Great for animals and plants, great for children. This is not one to miss, it the best of living in the countryside. Holt hall is great too, fantastic nature garden, loads to see.

July 22nd 2012

Sun 2:00pm-4:00pm

Visit to John Mott’s Garden

Hethersett NR9 3HA

We visit John Mott’s garden at Hethersett NR9 3HA. John lives at 62 Great Melton Road, but his entrance is in Melton Clourt. It is a corner plot with a caravan in the drive. Parking can be in any of the roads around.

The plot is only 30m x 30m, with a bungalow in the middle. All plots are raised with Link-a-Bord recycled plastic edging and hoops over for protective netting. All plots are irrigated by drip pipes from water butts, which can be replenished from a well if necessary. Collect a plan on arrival, all plots are lettered from A to Z.

Please be aware that visits to private gardens are for members and guests only. Please bring a newsletter with you.

June 24th 2012

Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm

Bob Flowerdew's Garden

Bob has been there the last few times, and he's always so interesting to talk to.

Please be aware that visits to private gardens are for members and guests only. Please bring a newsletter with you.

May 28th 2012

Mon 7:30pm

Living foods and Fermentation

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

With Jo Balfe from The Nectar Cafe.

May 20th 2012

Sun 10:30am-5.30pm

Wolterton Organic Garden Open Day

One of our favourite places to have a stall. Great place to buy veg. plants and see what David is up to in his biodynamic plot.

April 30th 2012

Mon 7:30pm

Grow Your Own Medicines

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

With Christine Herbert.

March 26th 2012

Mon 7:30pm

The Importance of Worms in the Garden

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Notice the lowly earthworm, squirming away, going about its everyday business. Simple creatures you may think, but they have quite an important use in the garden. Did you know the earthworms are nature’s first gardeners? They don’t exist just for children to eat or fishermen to use as bait. So fascinating that Charles Darwin studied them for over 40 years.

Chris Wright from Roots and Shoots – Growing for the Future will be exploring the life and works of the worm. He will also answer questions on wormeries and home composting.

Feb 27th 2012

Mon 7:30pm

"WILD FRUIT" - What, Why and Where to Grow

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Mark will be talking about fruits which have not been heavily cultivated (such as amelanchier, aronia, rubus and morus species) and as such are not only hugely tasty, but are healthier and much more disease resistant plants than most cultivated fruit plants. He shall also be addressing what is forest gardening and how these "wild fruits" fit into such a garden and the benefits of growing them e.g. the harvest and also the benefits for the garden as a whole such as nitrogen fixing, etc.

Finally he will talk about how to use these plants visually in the garden - creating a stunning, edible space.

www.thefruitnursery.co.uk

Feb 11th 2012

Sat 9:30am-1:30pm

Potato Day

Mid-Suffolk Showground Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6AT

Potato Day Website

East Anglia Potato Day is an annual event run by volunteers, with over 100 different potato varieties on offer - it is an exceptional event, and an occasion you won’t forget! Alan Romans, author of 'The Potato Book’, is coming all the way from Edinburgh with his seeds, potatoes and advice. Chips and mash will be on offer, so you can try different varieties, and a score board will keep track of which are most popular!

There will also be stalls offering tools, seeds and seed swaps, and lots of information, as well as some very interesting people to talk to. It’s a very popular day, so don’t miss out! Volunteers needed: If you feel you could volunteer to help, either with setting up the day before, or on the day itself, please email chair@norfolkorganic.org.uk

Jan 30th 2012

Mon 7:30pm

"Planning for year round vegetable consumption” A talk by the Elliotts of Bikeways

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW

Graham and Nicky, are probably the most organised and efficient people I have ever come across when it comes to being self sufficient. They have brilliant spread sheets that show exactly how thought out the process is for them. I can guarantee most of us don’t get round to planning enough and waste time and energy with space in the ground left bare. This talk could possibly make a huge difference to the amount of produce you get. Check them out www.bikeways.org.uk.

Nov 24th 2011

Thurs 7:30pm

Bob Flowerdew Talk: 'Tropical Indulgences or Carbon Footprint?'

President of the Norfolk Organic Group, Bob Flowerdew, will speak at our forthcoming meeting on Thursday, 24th November (please note the change of day from our usual Monday) at 7.30pm at the Friends' Meeting House in Norwich.

Nov 19 2011

Sat 2pm

Third Annual Organic Seed Swap

The third annual organic seed swap will be held at 2pm in the Grow Our Own allotment hut. Entrance is free.

Grow Our Own is situated on the Bluebell South allotments. The entrance is where 82 The Avenues would be, down a narrow lane immediately after George Borrow Road on the way out of the city.

For more information on the venue see grow-our-own.co.uk/. For more information, contact Erik at www.tinyurl.com/contacterik.

Nov 5 2011

Sat 2pm - 5pm

Elliott's Course

Vegetable storage, drying apples, wood as fuel, pruning soft fruit. £12 per session.
For more details, see www.bikeways.org.uk or 01502 714661 or email graham@bikeways.org.uk.

Oct 31 2011

Mon 7:30pm

Talks

A talk by Trish le Gal about her book ‘Grow Your Own For The Hungry Gap’

Trish’s beautiful new book is full of great advice and covers crop protection over winter, seed saving, growing heritage seeds, storing produce, etc. It’s a personal book covering her experiences with things she has grown illustrated with exceptional photographs. In Trish’s  words:

‘I wrote the book because I was fed up with trying to plan for a spring harvest from half a dozen books at a time and coordinate this with the right varieties from the seed catalogues. It was quite difficult to learn that timing was crucial and that you have to plan for space for things to grow slowly over the winter. It is so tempting to fill the allotment up with summer crops that grow quickly and end up with a glut. What surprised me, once I'd started, was to find that there are over 30 vegetables you can eat fresh or stored in March, April and May and around 20 herbs. Why aren't they in the shops? Some of them are, but we by no means reach our potential in this department. Most of them are grown outside, or under a little cover (shade netting, plastic or glass)’.

7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW Non-members welcome. £1 entrance

Oct 8 2011

Sat 2pm - 5pm

Elliott's Course

Apples, storage, juice and cider-making, chutneys. £12 per session. For more details, see www.bikeways.org.uk or 01502 714661 or email graham@bikeways.org.uk

Sept 26 2011

Mon 7:30pm

Talk

Autumn Talks

Our first Autumn talk of this year in which Norfolk Organic Group member Chris Wright will be talking about his project 'Roots and Shoots', a Victorian walled garden where he works with special needs children, teaching them how to garden with wildlife in mind. See visit above for more information.

7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW Non-members welcome. £1 entrance.

Sept 25 2011

Sun 10am

Visits

Visit to Roots and Shoots project at Holt Hall

Starting with a fungay foray with Dr Tony Leech and a fry up of wild mushrooms. Following which, Norfolk Organic Group member Chris Wright will show us around the walled kitchen garden he works on.

10.00am start. Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, NR25 7DU (http://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/go/rootsandshoots/)
Members and guests only please. The Roots and shoots project – with its polytunnels, wormeries and chickens - is both visually stimulating and very practical about attracting wildlife into the garden.

Sept 18 2011

Sun 10:30am - 5pm

Events Attended

Organic Open Garden Day at Wolterton

We will be there with a stall. Tour the biodynamic kitchen garden with grower David Barker. Also, birds of prey, wormery demos, children's corner, pond dipping. Wolterton Hall entry £5, garden only £2.

Sept 10 2011

Sat 2pm - 5pm

Elliott's Course

Winemaking, seed saving. £12 per session. For more details, see www.bikeways.org.uk or 01502 714661 or email graham@bikeways.org.uk