"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
Nothing tastes better
than fruit and vegetables fresh from the ground, particularly if you
have grown them yourself. Another benefit is the cost saving, and who
wouldn’t prefer to get some exercise in the great outdoors rather than
traipsing up and down supermarket aisles at the weekend.
Potentially there is land that can be made available if there are
enough village residents who want a full size or smaller allotment
plot, you just need to add your name to the parish council waiting
list by contacting Deirdre McCumiskey at:
The Cob Oven
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In 2015 we ran a series of workshops to build a wood-fired cob pizza oven. During the build we used 100% reclaimed or locally found materials plus many hours of companionable grafting. Since then we have had several Pizza Days where people have come together to cook and eat the produce we have grown in the open air! The sun (nearly) always shines on Pizza Day. We are still waiting for a keen allotmenteer to grow a plot of wheat so that we can make our own flour for pizza bases. Could that be you?
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New Community Orchard
If you go down to the Pytchell (the paddock next to the church) you’ll see the beginnings of our new Community Orchard. The orchard is part of a bigger scheme to open up the Pytchell (owned by the Parish Council) to all villagers to come and spend time in this tranquil part of the village. The orchard is planted with 37 fruit trees - apples, pears, cherries, plums, medlar, quince, gages, bullace, mulberries, edible dogwood and a Japanese Raisin Tree (!) We hope the orchard will become a valuable educational, edible, communal resource for the village. So why not pop down and take a look for yourself. The land is for all of us to share.
In the interests of promoting growing and sharing of local produce a number of individuals
within TKC have formed the Orchard sub-group to specifically
encourage the planting and maintenance of 'top' fruit trees,
such as apples and pears. Our aims are to encourage the planting
of fruit trees in gardens and public places, to promote local
varieties and 'fruit-based' events such as harvesting and community
juicing in an attempt to improve the community's access to healthy,
affordable and sustainable food.
TKC volunteers and all the pupils from the Endowed School planted
Orchard in January 2012, after a year of clearing and preparing
the site. The trees, including some local varieties, are all
flourishing and provided a good enough harvest for the children to
stage an 'apple give away' in October 2013. The site continues to be
maintained by a small group of dedicated volunteers, who have also created an 'outdoor classroom', with a wildflower bank and tiered,
grassed seating area. To find out more about the history of the
Orchard Project download this
There are enjoyable work parties nearly every fortnight between April and October, for mowing and weeding, Sundays (generally) from
11am-1pm. Everyone welcome! Please contact Lisa at: email@example.com
if you’re interested.
Surplus Produce Table in Kings Cliffe Post Office
Unfortunately as the old Post Office has now closed there will no longer be a surplus produce table in the Post Office. We are looking at options as to where to put it and will update the community when this is decided.
Local Food Directory
We’re currently compiling a list of local/nearest food sources to be published on this website, so you can get that nice warm feeling that comes from supporting your community and helping to save the planet to boot! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any listings that you think are appropriate, providing the name and location of supplier, what they supply, phone number, email address, and website address (if applicable).