Cooking a Budgie

Cooking on a Budget… i mean
a new course from the wonderful folk at the ncda

Cooking on a budget - House project

For more information and to book a place on the course
please contact Helen or Ronnie on 01273 311702

Wednesday 27th February
Wednesday 13th March
Wednesday 20th March

12.30 – 2.30pm
The House Project
Peacehaven
East Sussex
There will be a small charge of
50p per session.
Cook Good:Feel Good
Offering you the opportunity to join a 3 week
cookery course to learn quick, easy and healthy
ways of preparing and cooking food on a budget
Back for 2013!!!

Seedy Sunday

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I popped by Seedy Sunday in the corn exchange last weekend, a marvelous event!
It was packed, apparently they had over 3000 visitors!!!
A thriving and flourishing growing community, a full, diverse and exotic range of people, families with kids, eco hippies in home knitted chunky multi coloured jumpers , all the way through to pleasantly tweedy walking stick clutching octogenarians.
Growing is for everyone!
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The main area of the hall had many food growing related stalls, infinity foods, Brighton Permaculture Trust
The centrepiece was seed swapping section, here you could take seeds along to swap, else buy packets at 50p a gamble
I walked away with a handful of small brown envelopes, not entirely sure what i’ve got ‘black cherry toms’, ‘miscellaneous squash’, I shall have to plant them all and see what comes up!

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I popped by a couple of the talks, the first was on the role of monsanto and other large corporations, their attempts to patent and copyright types of seed
wheras strength lies in natural bio diversity

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the second was by James Wong, some bloke off the telly, he was hugely enthusiastic and suggested many alternatives to the usual allotment crops, I’m inspired to have a go at growing Inca Berries this summer!

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Imbolc

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2nd Febuary

Imbolc was one of the cornerstones of the Celtic calendar. For them the success of the new farming season was of great importance. As winter stores of food were getting low Imbolc rituals were performed to harness divine energy that would ensure a steady supply of food until the harvest six months later.

Like many Celtic festivals, the Imbolc celebrations centred around the lighting of fires. Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others as it was also the holy day of Brigid (also known as Bride, Brigit, Brid), the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility. The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. For the Christian calendar, this holiday was reformed and renamed ‘Candlemas’ when candles are lit to remember the purification of the Virgin Mary.

Imbolc is still a special time for Pagans. As people who are deeply aware of what is going on in the natural world they recognise that there is strength in cold as well as heat, death as well as life. The Horned God reigns over the Autumn and Winter and although the light and warmth of the world may be weak, he is still in his power.

Many feel that human actions are best when they reflect the actions of nature, so as the world slowly springs back into action it is time for the small tasks that are neglected through the busy year. Rituals and activities might include the making of candles, planting spring flowers, reading poetry and telling stories.