Green Report: Talking about Organics

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The Fresh project now occupies a large number of plots at the St Anns allotments, and produces organic soft fruit and vegetables for a seasonal veg box scheme. Fresh also run short courses in organic growing, which have provided practical educational opportunities for adults. Participants on the ‘Fresh Ingredients’ course spent one day a week in the gardens, and one day a week in the kitchen learning ways of preparing the kinds of fresh food we are likely to get off an allotment. I was allowed into the wooden shack-classroom at the top of their impressive site, and had a chat with people in the penultimate week of their course, about the pros and cons of gardening with, or without chemicals. We also talked about market forces and how accessible organic food is, as well as the land to grow it on. Are things changing?

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