On Sunday 8th May an event called “Co-operation and Community Gardens” is being held at Aldermoor Community Farm. It is an all day event for those interested in community gardening in Southampton (and area). Whether you are a volunteer, community leader, or just want to know what it’s all about, this free event is a good place to start.
10.00 Arrive, chat, hot drink, housekeeping
11.00 Practical Task
13.00 Lunch, please bring food to share
14.00 Short talk on co-operatives, as they apply to Aldermoor Farm, presented by Richard Pitt.
15.00 Mindfulness session led by Helen Cooper and Andy Mabey.
More activities may be added and you are welcome to join in all or part of the program.
Here is some more info from Helen Plowman who is the driving force behind this:
Our intention is to give community growers more chances to learn from one another and support each other. We also hope to encourage new volunteers or those wishing to start a new project. By working alongside each other in a practical way connections and conversations happen, it’s a great way to make new friends and it’s also a thank you to the farm for hosting us.
Lunch will be an informal affair with lots of chances to walk around the site, network and generally relax.
Then a simple presentation on the theme of co-operatives and the farm, how it works, what the co-operative structure has added etc. Depending on numbers and the wishes of the group we will have small group discussion time afterwards.
Then to wind down there will be a mindfulness activity, possibly run in parallel with a land art exercise (again dependent on numbers).
Please let me know if you’re planning to come, either via email or by joining the Facebook event page. It would be helpful to know numbers, and also what food people will bring for lunch. This is a free event, but the farm sells produce so do bring some money along.
I really hope to see you there.