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Great onion feast at Cambridge Foodcycle

Busy lunchtime- serving up the pea and onion omelette So what did Foodcycle create with our onions?  I joined in the brilliant Foodcycle team this Saturday to cook up about 15kg of our lovely onions, harvested Sept 2011 by our hardworking volunteers. With piles of donated food from local businesses, and our onions, the head chef Sam had lots to play with. Check out Sam being interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire here (starts at 1 hour 50...
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Cropshare onions in a Foodcycle feast

 Saturday 4th Feb 12:30pm  The Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge., CB2 1JP Cambridge, United Kingdom In 2011, Cropshare volunteers had loads of fun and grew a bumper onion harvest in partnership with a local organic farm. Now our Cropshare onion harvest is being put to good use: we’ve donated plenty to local foodwaste-fighting charity Foodcycle. We love their work- check them out here. Foodcycle use reclaimed food surplus from local Cambridge businesses to...
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Tea and Rabbits – Fencing in the Fen

Thanks to Cropshare volunteer Ivan for this great write-up! A bright sunny winter Saturday, what to do?  With just 14 shopping days before Christmas does one “shop till one drops” Grand Arcade stylee or……..?   Nope…….let’s go fencing.  So with a bunch of other “Onion Cropsharers” we popped up to Lode on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fen.  There we planned the day with Paul and Doreen– our organic farmers – and drank some tea.  The plan...
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Farm Bird Survey 2011

Only just got round to putting a bird survey up on here done by CropShare volunteer Iain in Summer 2011. Glad to hear the farm supports many rare red list birds.  Also a good place to note there is a new album out by all of the birds listed below, and more. Let’s get it to Xmas...
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Transition Cafe night with Hempsals Community Farm

We held a fun information evening at one of the regular Transition Cafe nights in CB1 on Mill Road with another Cambridgeshire Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. We invited the brilliant Hempsals Community Farm to help us talk about the many benefits of CSA, and answer questions from a very interested audience. We heard how both CSAs had grown and were providing food and fun for their communities. Thanks to Hempsals for joing us and...
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Prizewinning Cropshare onions at Cambridge Food and Garden Festival

Second prize! We had a great time at the Transition Cambridge Food Group stall at Cambridge Food and Garden Festival.  As well as chatting to people about our community farming project, we were braiding our onions and teaching others how to too! In a great finish to the day, our onions won second prize. Thanks to all our volunteers who came to lend a hand....
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Community Supported Agriculture conference- Bristol

Commmunity Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is the name of the game here at Cambridge Cropshare. There’s many different forms of CSA, but our project works by bringing volunteers of all veggie-growing abilities onto an existing local farm to help with everyday farm tasks. Our volunteers are rewarded with a share of the crop we produce together at harvest. There was plenty of information on existing CSAs in the UK and beyond  Two Cropshare members were able...
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Harvest Party!

Finally the time has come to harvest our carefully grown onion crop. When we arrived at the farm, we could see all the onions we laid out on the soil two weeks ago were dried out, excellent!  Then it was up to us to remove most of the dead leaves and bag the onions into dayglow orange nets.  We even had time for a few juggling tricks- thanks for the entertainment Isabel!  Our marvelous harvest was...
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Onion lifting day!

From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme Today was the day we lifted our sharecrop onions! It’s that time in the season where we need to stop the onions growing and dry them out in good weather to keep for over-winter storage. From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme First off, Paul topped the crop using a cutter. Removing the top of the leaves like this helps speed up the drying process. From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme Then it was up to our ...
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Animals at Waterland Organics Farm

I know we’re strictly only there for the onions this year, but in this blog post we’re giving you a sneaky peek at the animals we see every time we go down to Waterland to tend our onions. From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme This friendly ferret wakes up occasionally to say hello to us. From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme Where would a farmhouse be without a cat and dog? Sky the border collie gets really excited when all...
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