Sunday, 21 August 2011

The FARM in Hackney

The FARM in Hackney is a community based project in the Borough of Hackney in North London. Over several months a derelict old shop was transformed into an urban food hub with a cafe, an arts venue and even a  small Aquaponic fish farm. There are also indoor allotments, indoor chicken coops and a large Polytunnel which is also used to hold events.

Slow food Norwich is pleased to be involved with the FARM as part of our interest in community based farms and growers both in East Anglia and London, including the London Food Link and the Norwich Farm share project.. Several of our members in the Norwich area are small food producers and one has an organic box scheme business so when we were asked by Laura Billings of the FARM if we could hold one of our Olive oil tasting events there we were more than happy to be involved.

Over the coming months Slow Food Norwich will be helping set up the new Slow Food Campus project at UEA in Norwich and by linking with many other like minded groups in the east of England and London we will be able to offer the students and our members a wide variety of  community based schemes to be involved with in 2012.
 Our olive oil workshop is at the FARM on Wednesday 7th September and for more details please check out the FARM website and also Eventbrite for more details.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Norwich Farm Share

Norwich FarmShare was set up in 2010 as a community based project to supply locally grown fresh organic vegetables to the city of Norwich and the surrounding area.
It is part of the CSA network, community supported agriculture, and is a mix of professional and volunteer helpers.
One of the main aims was to closely involve the local community as they believe that healthy strong communities thrive on sharing good food and conversation.
The scheme has two areas where they grow their great produce, Postwick and Hewitt high school, which are both in the south Norwich area
The project has gown over the last six months and now have over 50 subscribers to their community vegetable scheme in Norwich and they hope to more than double this number in the next year.

Tierney Woods is currently looking after the project until a new project manager is appointed in September and we have been speaking with her about a possible visit of some of Slow food members to the sites later on this autumn.
For more information about the FarmShare project take a look at

Kitchen Gardens and Peter Burgess

Last Monday Slow Food Norwich finally managed to visit Peter Burgess at his home in Sisland near Norwich, Peter was one of our first members when we started the group in November 2010.
Peter set up his Kitchen Gardens organic box business over twelve years ago and has since then built a large and loyal following in Norwich and the surrounding area, with over 100 boxes sent out to customers each week.

What makes Kitchen Gardens very different from most vegetable box schemes is that Peter is a one man business who grows all the produce in the fields surrounding his home and then he also cuts, boxes up and delivers to the customers all in the same day.
Added to this that all his produce is truly organic and as fresh as it is possible to find, then you can see why his boxes are so popular with his customers.
Peter is a great supporter of Slow food and has been involved with several projects that Slow food Norwich have held in 2011.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Slow food Norwich at Pulse Cafe Bar

Slow Food Norwich will be hosting a workshop and tasting of olive oil from the Le Marche region of Italy at the Pulse Cafe Bar in Norwich on Friday 9th September at 7pm.
Andrea Tomasetti from the Azienda Montedoro which is situated near the coastal resort of Senigallia in Le Marche will be presenting several of his olive oils including his new organic oil as well as his superb Raggia and Progetto Qualita oils.

While in the UK andrea will be holding several workshops in London but this will be the only event that he will hold in Norwich and I am sure it will prove very popular.
Andrea is involved with Slow food Italy and very actively promotes organic produce and artisan producers in his area of Italy, he took over the Azienda from his father a few years ago and he will be sharing his many years of experience with the guests present who will also be able to taste these fantastic olive oils.

There will also be a demonstration of three Mediterranean dishes and one dessert by Jon the head Chef which will be prepared to compliment the olive oil tasting.
Azienda Montedoro is a small producer of high quality olive oils which Andrea is now selling in the UK as well as to a specialist Italian on line Deli in Australia.
Later that evening following the tastings at Pulse cafe Bar, Slow food Norwich will be having one of its regular social evenings and meal at St Benedicts restaurant and these are always very popular with our members and guests.
For more details please contact Pulse Cafe Bar or click on the following link..

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Organic Ceci,Chick pea and Polenta evening

Members of Slow Food Italy and Slow Food Norwich, along with other interested people attended a wonderful tasting event at the Azienda of Sig Mognon near Senigallia in Le Marche last Sunday evening.
Signor Mognon is well known in the area for the wonderful wines he produces, but he also grows and sells a range of organic produce including Ceci or Chick peas in English.

The evening started with some of the party collecting Ceci growing in the surrounding fields and vineyards while Signor Mognon's wife was preparing the Ceci meal, an organic soup and also organic Polenta.
Before the meal and tastings a talk was given in Italian by an expert in the nutritional and health benefits of Ceci while Signor Mognon helped translate to the many German and English people who were also present that evening.

It was a perfect setting for this event and a very informative evening for all present, we at Slow food Norwich are planning on organising a visit to Signor Mognon's Azienda in the late autumn and possibly also in the spring of 2012.