Norfolk Organic Group is a membership organisation established to promote organic growing in Norfolk and act as a local group for Garden Organic and the Soil Association. We are people who want to grow organically including gardeners, allotmenteers, smallholders and farmers, as well as those interested in a more sustainable and regenerative way of life. We provide advice and guidance about the benefits of an organic approach and how by looking after the Earth, we look after ourselves.
We are a charity, managed by a team of volunteers and reliant on the generosity of our members who give their time, resources and energy to support our activities.
I’ve been a gardener, and always thought organically, since 1979. I am a volunteer master composter, and a food savvy volunteer too, advising and supporting on food waste. Between 2011 and 2019, I was very involved with Norwich Farmshare, as a volunteer, then as Chair for three years. I did the Permaculture Design Course, around 2010/11, and this approach informs my gardening and sustainability mind greatly.
The Group Secretary job is not too demanding. When there is a communication from "outside", I bring it to the attention of NOG's committee. I keep the schedule of committee meetings alive and type up the business that it discusses.
My own life is that of a fruit and vegetable gardener, now 40 years on the same ground. I am also involved with East Anglia Potato Day.
I feel all things are connected. The way we respond to life and our environment is reflected in our health and well-being. Growing organically is a natural part of this. As treasurer I look after the accounts as well as helping out with a variety of other activities. All of which fits well with my background in permaculture and design.
I have been in this role for the past two years. Over this time I have increased the magazine to about 28 pages. Its still 4.2mm so it can be posted out to the hard copy recipients with second class stamps keeping NOG expenditure down. I also deliver some on my electric bike !!.
I have produced quite a lot of the content myself and its very colourful in more ways than one…I’m always looking for good articles to keep the magazine varied and interesting for all.
I assist with copy for the newsletter and events such as Potato Day. I obtained my RHS Level II Diploma in Horticulture at Capel Manor College and have volunteered at Forest Gate community garden in London. I am currently bringing my new garden into cultivation. I live in Rockland St Mary with my husband and am active in the local Climate Action Group.
I joined Norfolk Organic Group in 2021 and then the Committee in 2022. I have had an allotment for most of my life and quickly realised that organic gardening was the way to go. Eating well grown and tasty veg is a joy for me as well as being outside and connected to nature. More recently I have become a ‘No Dig’ convert, bringing more joy and ease as my body gets older! I value Norfolk Organic Group a lot for its interesting programme of events and the chance to talk to and learn from like minded others.
I left the military after 45 years and I found I had more time on my hands, so I joined Norfolk Organic Group in 2017 and I offered to be the Membership Secretary. It’s been great to improve my knowledge of organic gardening and make new friends. I enjoy being the conduit for members and am careful to keep the records safe to stay with in GDPR guidelines.
I started doing NOG's social media in 2022. I try my best to keep our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts going with relevant information and our events. I also reply to people's queries or refer them to the right committee member.
I joined NOG in 2021 after having an allotment for a couple of years. I'm an enthusiast of the organic way and of our natural environment. I'm from Brazil and I’ve lived in England since 2002.
I’ve been a member for 5 years and last year I took the role to look after all the seeds people collect and bag them into packets. They can then be taken in our Seed box to events where they are a great draw. Using organic seed is important as many seeds are treated with chemicals. I’m Artist in Residence at the Seed CoOp where I’m doing a project about our relationship with seed.
Most gardeners know Bob Flowerdew. as he has been championing organic gardening for a very long time. He has nearly an acre of garden in Dickleburgh, Norfolk, where he lives with his wife and children. He is a famers son, his family have been working the land in East Anglia since before the time of the Tudors
Bob grows organically almost every fruit and vegetable possible in our climate including bananas, pineapples and guavas. He also keeps chickens, ducks, geese and bees.
He is a long-serving member of the panel of BBC Radio 4's ‘Gardener's Question Time’, where his long experience with organic growing is well respected. He is the patron of Waveney Foodbank, a local charity that provides emergency food for those in crisis.
Bob was chair of Norfolk Organic Group from 1984 to 1995 when he became our president. He gives an annual talk and is involved in many of our activities.