Diary

Price list, Veg of the Month and other matters

Potato Day is being held on Sunday this weekend (see Events page for details) so let the chitting begin!!

To help you make your choice of spuds here’s the latest price list:

POTATO DAY 2019 PRICE LIST
POTATOES
Loose £
All varieties other than those detailed below per tuber

20 tubers of one variety

20p

£3

(Main crop)
Blue Danube  

 

 

per tuber

5 tubers

20 tubers of one variety

 

 

 

 

30p

£1

£3.50

Golden Wonder, Organic
Highland Burgundy Red
Kifli
Kingsman, Organic
Red Emmalie
Sarpo Una
Scapa
Violetta
 

Ratte

per tuber

3 tubers

20 tubers

50p

£1

£5

Pre-packs

International Kidney, Charlotte

2kg £3.50
Albert Bartlett Potatoes

Elfe, Vivaldi

5 tuber packs £2
2kg packs £4.50
ONION sets…………Loose

Reb Baron, Sturon, Stuttgart Giant, 

Per scoop (80g/40 set/100ml approx) 40p
Packs as price marked: Snowball, Red Electric
SHALLOT sets…….Loose

Golden Gourmet

Per scoop (360g/18 sets/ 500ml approx) £2.00
Packs as price marked: Red Sun
GARLIC…………….Loose

Pink Germdour(SN), Cristo(SN)

Per bulb £1.50
BROAD BEANS …..Loose

Aquadulce Claudia

Masterpiece Green Windsor

Per scoop (100g/60 seeds/ 125ml approx) 70p 2 for £1
PEAS                        Loose

Kelvedon Wonder

Per scoop (60g/320 seeds/60ml approx) 50p 3 for £1
SUNDRIES
Potato planter bag Per bag £2.50 3 for £6
Orange mesh net Per net 20p
 
All other items as price marked

Veg of the Month

We’re thinking of making this a regular feature of our blog posts based on veg that can be harvested during each month of the year in Glasgow. We’d like to hear from you the veg you’d like to see us highlight for March and the reason for your choice so get in touch via our contact e-mail.

Sites

We’ve updated the contact details on our table of sites and also added a link to the GCC’s new map showing where the city’s allotment sites are located. Click on the Sites page to find this information.

Lastly

Some events that you may be interested in.

Propagate are running a Veg Cities campaign in Glasgow. If you’re interested in joining in you can contact them at Propagate.

Trellis Scotland, the network for therapeutic gardening, are holding their annual conference on March 5th in Perth. For further details  contact them at Trellis Scotland  

 

Spring Activity

IMG_2131 2Crocuses in the Window Box and Pea Shoots on the Sill

Seed sowing for the new season is underway. This is also the last month for planting bare root fruit trees and bushes as well as doing the pruning.

Potato Update – Only 13 Days to Go

We now have the list of potatoes that will be for sale at this year’s event (see the link to the Seed Potato List under the heading Potato Day on the Events page) . There are 40 varieties in all, less than last year, but still a great range to choose from (despite the effects of last season’s drought).

We’re still looking for potato sellers and cashiers for Potato Day so please get in touch with Jan (jan.lynne2303@gmail.com) if you think you could help out. And don’t forget the cakes and bakes for the cafe!

Your Calendar: Don’t forget to let us know when you’re planning to hold an event on your site and we’ll  advertise it for you.

Glasgow’s Food Growing Strategy

Under the terms of Part 9 of Community Empowerment Act local authorities required to develop a food growing strategy for their area.

This strategy needs to:

  • identify land that could be used for allotments sites and other forms of community growing.
  • describe how the authority is going to increase provision for all forms of

community growing particularly in areas experiencing high levels of socio-

economic disadvantage.

You can find the Scottish Government’s Guidance to local authorities here (FGS LA Guide Nov 2018).

Glasgow City Council proposes to build its strategy for food growing based a series of 8 local workshops that will capture the priorities for each area of the city i.e. the need for access to food growing space on the basis of local provision and demand. These workshops will seek to ‘capture local priorities’ by:

– gaining an understanding of current food growing

– generating interest in food growing

– identifying potential growing sites

Three of the workshops have a theme: social enterprise, health, and outdoor learning.

The table (FGS Consultations) gives a list of the 8 events. If you want to attend then you need to register at  www.glasgow.gov.uk/foodgrowing which will give you the venue details. Attendance is free.

For those of you with an interest in the implementation of the Community Empowerment Act (2015) here is a link to Glasgow’s Draft Open Space Strategy  OSS and to our response to the consultation (GAF Response OSS) . You may also be interested in what is being planned for your own area. The City planners have  divided Glasgow into 15 Local Context Areas (LCAs) – each of which is described in a document attached to the same link as the one for the draft OSS strategy (above).

 

Getting to Know You

We had a lively discussion about this initiative at our meeting on Jan 10th. People welcomed  GAF visiting all the sites to get a better idea of what was happening on the ground.  So far we have had survey returns from nearly a third of  the Glasgow sites and we have visited 4 over the Christmas break.  Chris Kuhn showed us how the data from the survey could be analysed to give a broad picture of the way in which land is divided and a profile of the plotholder population.  Points raised in the discussion were:

a)  People felt it was important to raise awareness about how allotment sites contribute to the wellbeing of their plotholders and provide  a welcoming and supportive community for them. This includes both individuals and the various  groups who take on a plot.

b)  It is difficult to get any facts and figures about allotments so the survey was thought to be worthwhile. It would provide backing for our manifesto.  However, associations do not keep much in the way of detail about their members, so being precise about demographics (age, gender, ethnicity) can be problematic. Even though absolute accuracy is not possible a snapshot of the current position is still helpful.

c)  People felt that the uniqueness of the different sites was important. Each one is embedded in a different context and responds to different local conditions, It was critical that this should be recognised and valued. There should not be attempts to impose uniformity. For example, we discussed the way in which plots are organised and allocated on sites in response  to both internal and external requests. Associations need to be able to respond flexibly – particularly in the case of internal requests.

d)  Sharing information between sites was felt to be very valuable. It was clear from the variation in practice and experience in the small number of sites visited so far that there was a lot of useful knowledge to be exchanged between sites. We need to find an effective way to communicate this information.

Issues:

  1. Legal – ‘Title’ to land, issues of liability, roles and responsibilities between associations and the local authority, issues of incorporation, etc.
  2. Capacity–Some sites are better run than others, a few do not provide a supportive experience for members. Conflict within associations is inevitable from time to time but is not always effectively managed.  Access to training and support for committee members was needed. As volunteer-run organisations, associations’  capability to raise funds, apply for grants, lobby for locally distributed funding and respond to external challenges are also variable.

The draft minutes of the meeting can be found on the Resources page.

Request for Information

We’ve had a request from Stephen Smith (stephen@glasgowcitymission.com) to get in touch with him if any of you have any knowledge of people rough sleeping on any of the City’s allotment sites.

Happy New Year

We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting for 2019 which is on Thursday January 10th at Garnethill Multicultural Centre. The topic for discussion is “Getting to Know You”. This is an initiative for improving our committee’s capacity to reach out to all  plotholders in Glasgow and improve our support for allotmenteering and its benefits within the City.  The discussion will be followed by a business meeting and you can download the Agenda here: agenda .

Merry Christmas

 

Merry_Christmas

 

(and a couple of other things)

Please note our new e-mail address is GAFForum@gmail.com

 

For Would-Be Plotholders and Gardeners

 If you are interested in the development of new allotment sites and communal growing spaces there is a workshop you may want to attend in Glasgow on the afternoon of Thursday January 24th at The Lighthouse.

 Funded by the National Lottery, the Planning Advice Service (PAS), in partnership with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS), is running a series of workshops exploring how allotments and growing spaces can be incorporated into new and existing developments.

You’ll find all the details on the PAS website