As well as giving information about the perennial veggies and polycultures that I grow I think it is about time I mentioned some other interesting projects. I have been reading the Transition Network website looking at the food and gardening projects that are or have been done by different initiatives. I find so much to gladden the heart and inspire the soul reading about other people’s projects and hope that you will equally find inspiration from these three:
West Kirby Garden Orchard Project
Transition West Kirby had a vision for a fruit tree in every garden in the town. What a fantastic idea! To facilitate this they bought fruit and nut trees at a discounted price and enable local people to take care of them and reap the harvest in due course. That sounds to me like a project that could be transferred to almost any locality.
Bathampton Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSAs can come in many forms and I particularly like this one. It stems from a partnership between a family which owns an overgrown market garden site and members of Transition Bath. Between them they have been working to clear the site and preparing it for a variety of projects. Their website mentions a few – ploughing with horses, the Land Group growing veggies and teaching others how to, clearing land with pigs, salad growing, a vegetable box scheme, shared picnics and much more. Their newsletter gives lots of details: http://bathamptoncsa.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/dag-newsletter-summer-2012-online3.pdf and their blog can be found at http://bathamptoncsa.wordpress.com/.
The Fabulous Fruit Tree Initiative, Transition Waiheke, New Zealand
In their own words:
“With a ten-year vision of planting 20,000 fruit and nut trees on the island’s public and private land, the Fabulous Fruit Tree Group is working, in conjunction with Auckland City Council, towards planting its first orchard reserve this winter – possibly behind the old Surfdale post office. Approximately 25 organic trees will be under-planted with heritage daffodils and narcissus; a bench will be placed for contemplation in the shade and a path weave through the young trees.
This model orchard will be the launch of the “Fruit Bowl of the Hauraki Gulf”, taking us one step closer to feeding the community more locally. A private donation has been gratefully received to purchase these trees. A map of all the fruit trees on the island is being drawn up, identifying those with fruit to share and also those quality ones from which to graft future stock.”
I love the sound of all of these projects. They are on different scales and will need different amounts of input of time, effort and funds but they are fabulous examples of what communities can do when they start to work together. I would encourage anyone to follow the links and read about them and also when you have some spare time to have a browse through the directory of transition initiatives listed on https://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives/by-number which lists the (current) 457 official initiatives. That’s probably enough to start with! And if your interest is in energy or local money or any other transition-y theme there will be masses of information about those things too.
I plan to continue my exploration of transition initiatives and to add some more posts like this in due course.