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green machine with polish writing

What is this?

Veg collectors, volunteers, any visitors to the Fields back in early Spring would have noticed this green machine, with its intriguing foreign language warning. What is it, what does it…
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Wise Words

Never trust a July sky! Meaning don’t plan on a dry morning just because the sky is clear this evening, July weather can be that dramatic and often unpredictable. There are…
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A closer look at grass

Ever noticed how many different species of grass there are? Has anybody been doing #nomowmay and #letitbloomjune? There are thousands of different types of grass. Even bamboo (which can be…
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Members Benefit

… from good company, the chance to subscribe for tasty veg, the feeling that we are doing something in support of our environment, being part of decision making, events, discount…
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May’s wildlife update

Ian has been busy spotting wildlife again. What has he seen? First of all a small magpie moth. He said he couldn’t remember seeing it before, but maybe its colours…
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Progress at last

Our polytunnels were bursting at the seams, so we resorted to drastic measures: planting cabbage plugs in water! We crossed our fingers, hoping the soil would dry out and warm…
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ladybird jumping

Is spring springing?

The spring this year has felt very stop-start; but Ian the grower actually says inside the polytunnels it hasn’t been too bad … by which he means hasn’t been too…
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Ladybirds and other beetles

Ladybirds are beetles! The beetle family is quite big, including stag beetles (the largest in Britain), chafer beetles (brightly coloured), dung beetles (never unemployed), and whirligigs (dizzy!) There are about…
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cyclamen, snowdrops and hellebores under a tree in the Go Local car park

Signs of Spring!

OK, so the weather is still very grey and cold. But from now onwards we can start looking out for signs of spring! Have you noticed any yet? Maybe make…
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A Compost Revolution

Our Peat Free Trial has been picked up by a campaign, Enrich the Earth https://enrichtheearth.co.uk/ “Enrich the Earth is on a mission to convert 1 million tonnes of green and…
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Dandelions

Did you know that there are about 250 different species of dandelion? Neither did we! They are instantly recognisable, aren’t they. With their yellow flowers and their “clocks”. But actually…
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Climate Change

Are we ready for climate change? What do we need to think about? Let’s stop for a minute and think about climate change and the fields. What sort of changes…
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peacock butterfly with wings open

This year!

This peacock butterfly was photographed by Ian, one of our growers, on the fields back in the autumn. Along with the exclamation, “This year!” So, what do we know, or…
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Weather and Harvests

It’s official, the national newspapers tell us what farmers up and down the country already knew – “Record low UK potato harvest… after an autumn of heavy rain… crops of broccoli…
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3 fly agaric fungi left to right amongst feather moss and dead brown leaves

The flying reindeer!

Ever wondered what the connection is between Father Christmas and flying reindeer? Why and how do reindeer fly, even? It is thought that it can be traced back to traditional…
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The 'peat free' label on a bag of compost at a garden centre

Peat update

Jala has given us an update on the growing media experiments. Also, in the past couple of weeks we have found two more resources to add to our posting from…
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Christmas Bundling

Each year we offer our members the chance to create their own mix of local produce to help celebrations go with zing! From – the tastiest locally grown Turkey and…
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Summer has ended

Ian, one of our horticulturalists, reflects on October on the fields. You’ll soon realise it was written before the latest bout of what feels like continual rain! Summer plants endingOn…
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Superior Veg Collection

Thanks to an employee sponsorship scheme run by PDL, an engineering company based in Hexham and part of the Vulcain European Group, we now have a far superior veg collecting…
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green pumpkin surrounded by pumpkin leaves

Spiders!

Apologies to anybody who doesn’t like spiders, you may have to look away now! Ian has been spotting spiders on the field and has sent over some photos for a…
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2 large red slugs just under compost bin lid

Slug Fest!

Slugs seem so dominant at the moment! Of course it has been a wet summer… when it is warm and wet plants grow. Seeing as the main role of slugs…
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July on the fields

Jala has been reflecting on life on the fields this July. The change over from Winter to Summer crops in the tunnels is finally complete! July was a month of…
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Another year

Our Annual Meeting has been and gone – it’s a strange feeling looking back to 2022 – 23, it seems so far in the past! We looked at the results…
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Vegetable Curry

This recipe is very versatile and can be adjusted to the vegetables in season and spices to taste.  Great for using ‘gluts’ like the recent spinach and chard! I like…
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Turnip Sawfly

More insects!

We are being bombarded with more insects! Check out this week’s post! Firstly, this variegated Japanese Spindle bush in the garden had a visitor by a pollinator or two. We…
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Some random insects!

It is time to get up close and personal with a few pollinators! When we say pollinators, you might think of honey bees. There are actually more than 250 species…
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Humming-bird hawk-moth

Ian spotted a humming-bird hawk-moth on the fields. So, what are they? Well, they are a moth. They might look like a bird! The caterpillars would be found from June…
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Sycamore seedlings

Has anybody else noticed the masses of sycamore seedlings this year? Last year was a hot, dry summer – sycamore trees liked this and produced a lot of seeds. This…
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Supporting people in later life

Successful ageing … ” includes physical exercise, continual learning, social contact, natural daylight, the need to belong” – GO Local Food offers all of this!  And has been selected as…
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Climate Change and Us!

The Climate Change Team at Northumberland Council are promoting ways in which local groups and organisations can make a difference and we have become one of their case studies. We…
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a March sunset from the fields looking towards a row of Scot's Pine with a common hogweed seed head in the foreground

Winter twigs

It is such fun at the end of winter and the start of spring to see buds on trees! And, to bring a few indoors, put them in water, and…
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Peat and going peat free

Here is a bit of information and research about helping our lovely growers, Ian and Jala, find alternatives to the small amount of peat we use in growing seeds. (January…
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Our Food Friends

Have you heard?  Go Local Food is celebrating 10 years of growing a vibrant co-operative, a community owned enterprise and seasonal vegetables.  We are very proud to have approximately 100 members from…
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World Earthworm Day!

Happy World Earthworm Day! Yes, Friday 21st October 2022 is a day of celebration for all things earth-wormy! Did you know, Britain has about 16 species of earthworm that are…
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Elderflower berries ripening in the tree

Feeling autumnal

How can it be nearly the end of summer already! And yes, already into meteorological autumn! At this time of year there are so many interesting things to spot! Here…
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tawny mining bee

Becoming Bee-aware

There are sometimes stories in the news about the threats to British bees and their importance as pollinators… but did you know just how much diversity there is in bee…
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Buried treasure

And we’re not talking root vegetables! When I was young, I wanted to be an archaeologist. The discovery of Tutankhamun-level riches appealed to my dreamy personality. My father, presumably sensing…
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A decade of growing

Who would have thought back in 2010 when we, as Green Ovingham, sat by the fire in The Bridge End pub (sadly a victim of Storm Desmond flooding and no…
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Dawn(ish) on the fields

Our annual walk around the Ovington fields in May was as ever highly informative. Who knew collared doves were such loyal football supporters? It was a beautiful morning and quite…
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Busy bees on the comfrey!

It is all work, work, work! Loads of busy bumble bees have been spotted on the comfrey patch that has been flourishing just outside the palace!  The bees have two…
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Yew trees

Not all trees are what they seem! Did you know that some yew trees are male and some are female?  Now is the time to look out for the male…
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Winter veg

What’s been happening on the fields? Our first year at Matfen was informative.  We were keen to get started so we got to work planting all the brassicas… the pheasants,…
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Ferns

Ferns The Victorians loved all things to do with ferns – they were mad for them! There is even a word for this – pteridomania!  (Pterido is the latin word…
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Elm trees

Lots of elms We all know about how the English Elm (Ulmus procera) has nearly disappeared from the countryside since the 1960s, because of Dutch Elm disease.  It is now…
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Celebrating 10 Years!

Help us celebrate! In April we will have made it to 10 – that is 10 years since we started growing veg in Ovington.  A huge achievement which we must…
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Matfen Bat Survey

No bats here! At the beginning of October a bat survey was carried out at Matfen by Shona (Go Local Admin) and her little helper, Alina.  The weather forecast was…
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Christmas Bundle 2021

Get your order in quick! Our annual Christmas Bundle offer is back!  And the good news is it is open to both members and non-members.  We have brought local food…
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A chutney partnership

New ways to use our beetroot and chillies We are very excited to announce that in 2022 we will be partnering with Northumbrian Pantry.  There has been an enormous shift…
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Bat Survey 21

Pipistrelle & Noctule The fields at Ovington were surveyed once in late spring and once in early autumn this year, by an enthusiastic team of Abi, Gill, Col and Mandy.…
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Land Renewed

An author in our midst! This book explores how the pressures of leaving the EU, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and addressing global heating present unparalleled opportunities to re-work the…
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Apple Press Saturday

Making tasty apple juice It’s that time of year again! and despite the worries of less fruit this year, there seem to be plenty of apples around to press into…
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Umbellifers

Flowers, veg and crop rotation Ian our grower shared this picture as a “perfect example of why Carrots are part of the umbellifer family”.  We’ve heard the word ‘umbellifer’  but…
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Spoon Carving

The first workshop for members 2021 Back by popular demand, Steve from Northern Wood Monkey, will be on the fields running another workshop for members interested in having a go…
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Dawn Chorus Walk

Bird song on the fields Our very first member event in over a year was the annual Dawn Chorus Walk, led by Gill Thompson, on 9th May.  We heard and…
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What happened to Spring?

Snow, hail, sleet… in May We have been wondering what impact the very cold and frosty April, followed by more cold weather at the beginning of May, will have on…
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Hard at work

How many onions? Work is well underway at Vicarage Corner, Matfen. Our onion sets arrived late – seems there was a shortage last autumn. Consequently we didn’t get as much…
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Dawn Chorus Walk

Bird  song on the field Our first member event for 2021 is a guided walk around the fields with Gill Thompson, listening to bird song and identifying the ‘singer’.  Last…
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Ian’s Compost Tips

Making compost Always make the biggest heap practical. 1m x 1m would be a good start. This gives the chance for the heap to heat up and break down weed…
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Ian’s Compost Tips

Making compost     Always make the biggest heap practical. 1m x 1m would be a good start. This gives the chance for the heap to heat up and break…
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WE MADE 100!

Getting involved in creating something special. Despite the un-predictability of the last year it has been a good year for membership of the co-op.  And we have just recruited our…
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Digging up pants!

Soil health test findings Back in December we were busy burying pants at our Ovington site as part of the International World Soil Health Day 2020 campaign. After at least…
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Extreme Veg!

The numbers for 2020 are in and we have grown and harvested a range of strange and wonderful veg (which still tasted delicious!)
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Spotting an owl

A first on our fields Very exciting, Ian spotted a Barn Owl on the fields.  Maybe it had been hunting – it flew up from the ground, so maybe a…
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Christmas Bundle 2020

Our Annual Festive Offer We have run our Christmas Food offer for a few years now, linking up with local food producers to bring their delicious produce together in one…
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Mega Production

Loads of veg! We have just updated our production figures and are amazed by the result.  We had thought this year we would produce @ 8 tons of veg.  Over…
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GO Local Food Online Quiz

Friday 27th November 7.15pm A fun, friendly GO Local quiz on Kahoot with a great prize. Play in a team or as an individual, one ticket per team. Ticket Price: Pay…
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Christmas Bundle 2020

Treats for the festive season We’ve been working hard behind the scenes, liaising with local food producers to bring you this year’s Christmas Bundle offer, it’s getting bigger by the…
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Tunnel expansion

A new acquisition We have acquired a new poly tunnel – well the frame of a tunnel. Meadowell Connected advertised the tunnel, free to a good home.  The tunnel is…
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Palatial Development

More space for our crop shares To manage lockdown we introduced packing to the weekly harvesting and weighing tasks.  In this way members would not be sharing space to weigh…
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Steamy Compost

Our compost really is hot! Last week the compost was turned and this time we were there to witness it.  Judging when to turn is based on many variables –…
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Spoon Carving Workshop

Spoon Carving Success We held our first post-lockdown event on Saturday afternoon in the glorious sunshine on the GO Local Food field. Steve from Northern Wood Monkey took the participants…
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Touring the fields

The Operations Group at work At the last Members Meeting – back in February –  we decided to change ‘All Hands’ Saturdays to – Monthly Members Meetings on the first…
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Birds on the fields

Not the Dawn Chorus Last year was our first Dawn Chorus with Gill.  It was so good, we spotted or listened to 27 different birds and were very much looking…
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First of the season

Ballroom lettuces No not a new variety! These lovely lettuces may have been ‘Brian’ and looked as though they were dancing.  If the weather is kind we are going to…
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GOing Plastic Free

Zero plastic waste Every few months we organise a SUMA order for our members. We’ve now added to each order items that will help us be more ‘plastic free’ –…
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No-Dig Workshop New Date!

A date for your diary? We were hoping to welcome keen compost makers and alternative agriculture enthusiasts to the fields on Saturday 6th June for our next No-Dig workshop. However,…
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Growing Gang Update

We would love to continue with our Growing Gang, as we have worked hard and achieved so much over the last few years.  We still believe that it is vital…
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Compost Workshop

Sunday 1st March 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm GO Local Fields, The Nursery, Ovington A chance to find out more about making and using compost and what’s involved in no-dig…
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Marmalade Workshop

Saturday 22nd February Wylam Institute 10am – 2pm Learn the basics and experiment with new flavours. Take home at least 3 jars of marmalade. All ingredients and refreshments included. Members…
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Beetle Drive

Saturday 29th February, 6pm – 9pm Old School Ovingham Join us for a family games night of the classic BEETLE DRIVE. Expect an evening filled with lots of dice rolling,…
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Christmas Wreath Making

Old School, Ovingham on Friday evening 13th December, 7.30pm-11pm Price includes the materials to make your very own door wreath and there will be mulled wine and mince pies (non-alcoholic…
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Christmas Preserves Workshop

With Bridget from Kilbryde Preserves at Wylam Institute, Sunday 17th November, 10am-2pm Bridget will guide you through making some Christmas themed preserves, which you get to take home. Last year…
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Winter update

The Growing Gang is taking a winter break as it is too cold and muddy to run any sessions on our plot. We are busy planning for next year…
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Christmas Bundle 2019

Place your orders by 4th December. Following the success of the last 2 years, this is your chance to buy local products and make your Christmas shopping hassle-free. We have…
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Summer BBQ

Saturday 31st August, 3pm-7pm Adults £6.50, Children £3.50 The band is booked and the sun has been scheduled. Join us for our Summer BBQ on the field with Go Local…
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Summer BBQ 31 August!

Summer BBQ 31 August All Welcome! The band is booked and the sun has been scheduled. Join us for the BBQ on the last Saturday of the holidays before school…
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Going Plastic Free?

Going Plastic Free? Plastic free July is almost over but of course there is much more we could and need to do. And it’s not always easy… You need to…
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Growing Gang in Summer

July’s Meeting This month Growing Gang will be meeting on Saturday 27th July and will be refurbishing our bug hotel (bring any old cardboard that you have) and completing our…
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Hotel refurbishment

Upgrading the bug hotel Our next session on Saturday 29th June will be spent creating a more comfy home for the bugs.  We can also look at who has taken up residence!…
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Willow Workshop

Our Basket Making workshop has been rescheduled!  Ruth Thompson from Sylvan Skills has reorganised her GO Local Food Basket Making workshop for Saturday 13th July, 10am – 3.30pm at the Go…
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Scarecrow Building

Our next Growing Gang meeting will be on Saturday May 25th, the same day that GO Local’s Annual Scarecrow Competition is being held on the fields.  No further excuse needed…
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Scarecrow Competition 2019

Saturday May 25th Over the past 5 years we have had the most stunning entries to our Scarecrow Competition and we are sure that with your help 2019 won’t disappoint…
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The Growing Gang in Spring

Saturday 27th April This month the Growing Gang will continue to build the coldframe from recycled plastic bottles that was started in March – it’s shaping up nicely.  We will…
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Dawn Chorus Event

Saturday 11th May, 5.30am-7.30am Join Gill for an early morning wildlife walk and talk at the GO Local fields. Spot the birds and find out about the wildlife on our…
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Growers Question Time 2019

Tuesday 21st May GO Local’s Annual Growers Question Time – don’t miss your opportunity to quiz our experts on flowers, veg, trees, fruit, pests and all growing conundrums.  Of course,…
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Hanging Basket Workshop

Saturday 18th May Join Maxine from Halls of Heddon, at their Ovington Nursery, for a Gardening Workshop to create your own hanging basket.  The workshop will run between 2pm –…
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Growing Gang 2019

Growing Gang starts again in March After our Winter break, Growing Gang will be back and raring to go on Saturday March 30th at our usual time (10.30am – 12…
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Food Bingo

Eyes down, look in! Our Food Bingo event is back – play bingo, win food prizes! Monday 25th February, 7.15pm at Ovington Social Club. Tickets are £6.50 for adults, £3.50 for children…
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Marmalade Making Workshop

Sunday 3rd February, 10am – 2pm Join us for a Marmalade workshop at Wylam Institute. It’s the perfect workshop for the marmalade lover in your family. There are a limited…
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Willow Workshop 2019

Make a basket in a day. Saturday 2nd February, Reading Room, Ovingham, 10 am – 3.30 pm Weave your own willow basket in a day, with Ruth Thompson of Sylvan…
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Preserves Programme for 2019

Coming soon to a kitchen near you! Following the success of this year’s preserves workshops we are excited to be planning a whole programme for 2019 with Kilbryde Preserves.  More…
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Growing Gang’s Winter Break

But, we’ll be back in the Spring! Earlier this year the Growing Gang planted sunflower seeds and look what happened!  We had big yellow sunflowers that attracted lots of insects.…
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No-Dig Trial Update

Hot and cold compost What’s the difference between hot and cold compost and why does it make a difference?  Over the past 5 years at Go Local Food  we have…
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No Dig Trial

A new development for Go Local Food With help from a Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland – LEAF grant, GO Local Food is going to be testing new…
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Christmas Bundle 2018

Order by 7th December Last Year’s Christmas bundles of local festive food and drink were a huge success – this year your bundle could include all or some of the…
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Apple Press and Open Day

Saturday 27th October 10.30am – 2pm You are invited to join us on our fields for our Apple Press Open Day.  Everyone welcome and if you have any spare apples…
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Spooky Growing Gang

Join us for our Halloween Growing Gang Saturday October 27th, 10.30am – 12 noon.  Bring your own pumpkin or buy one at the field and see what spooky carvings can…
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Halloween with Go Local Food

Harvest Supper and Quiz Night Monday 29th October, 7pm – 10pm at the White Swan in Ovingham.  It’s our annual Halloween Harvest Supper and Quiz Night, complete with our now…
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Growing Gang in September

Autumn Activities September’s Growing Gang takes place next Saturday, 29th at 10.30am.  Come and join us on the field as we think about recycling and find out if we have…
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Wildlife Problems

More rabbits…. Should you find our Go Local Food grower on his hands and knees inspecting field fences and rabbit proof fencing – he hasn’t lost the plot. It’s just…
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Sept share

Crop share for the week ending 22nd September 2018 Potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers. fennel, courgette, chard, cabbage, lettuce
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Chutney Workshop

Sunday 9th Sept, 10am – 2pm Come and join us as we run our first ever Chutney Workshop, hosted by Bridget Speight, Kilbryde Preserves.  Learn how to turn fresh veg into…
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2018 Summer BBQ

Saturday 1st September Come along to our Summer BBQ, 3pm-7pm, on the field.  Cash bar and live music from Jazzanova.  Non-members welcome.  Tickets £6 Adults and Children £3. Ticket Types…
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No Growing Gang in August…

…but Growing Gang will be back in September As August’s Growing Gang falls on the bank holiday weekend, most of our volunteer members who run the sessions will be away. …
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July’s Growing Gang

What’s the Gang up to this month? Saturday 28th July, 10:30am-12 noon. This month we share our Growing Gang morning with an Open Day on the field which means that…
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Growing Gang in June

Saturday 30th June The sun has been shining and the weeds have been growing, so we need our gang to come and help tidy their plot!  We will be seeing…
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Willow Obelisk Workshop

Saturday 26th May Create a willow structure for your climbing plants with Ruth Thompson, Sylvan Skills.  Come prepared with secateurs and picnic lunch, we’ll provide all materials along with the…
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May’s Activities

Our plans for this month Our next Growing Gang session is on Saturday 26th May at 10.30am.  Plenty to keep us occupied this month!  The sun has been shining on…
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Do you want to build a scarecrow?

Annual Scarecrow Competition 2018 – Saturday 26th May Last year’s scarecrows (the Hungry Caterpillar, Gruffalo, Gangsta Granny, Stick Man and all the other wonderful scarecrows) have worn themselves out!  We…
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Growers Question Time 2018

Challenge our expert panel Tuesday 22nd May – Ovington Social Club. 7pm – 9pm. A great evening of questions and entertainment.  Our experts for the evening will be Ian Todd…
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Come and sow a meadow!

Saturday 28th April This month we are hoping that Spring will have sprung and the ground will have warmed up so that we can sow a meadow in the Growing Gang area…
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March’s Growing Gang

Worm houses and planting peas… February was cold! We made birdseed cake and planted our onion sets.  At the end of March (24th) we’ll be ready to plant potatoes, peas…
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Snow Bees

Go Local in the Snow Our bees on the field have coped well with last week’s wintry weather.  Not too many flowers for them though…
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Food Bingo

Cancelled We’re sorry, but this event has had to be cancelled. Monday 12th February, 6pm – 8pm.  A great night at Ovington Social Club – Bingo, but maybe not as…
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Willow Workshop

Make a Willow Basket Saturday 24th February, 9.30am – 4.30 pm Last year we made a willow screen and sculpture for our field. This year we have a chance to…
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Buying and eating local food

Ten reasons … “There are many good reasons to choose local foods – here are our top 10, based mainly on the views of the 1300 shoppers that we spoke to from 12 different towns.…
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Food Waste

A Growing Awareness Go Local Food doesn’t believe in food waste – we know that beetroot tops can be used as spinach, that radish leaves can be eaten raw or…
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Part of a growing community

We are not alone! Go Local Food is a community supported agriculture growing scheme and part of a wider network of similar projects. To quote from the CSA network website:…
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The Growing Gang in Autumn

The next Growing Gang will be Saturday September 30th 10am – 12 noon This Saturday morning we will be harvesting our remaining crops and making sure our bug hotel is ready for…
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Summer BBQ

A Sizzling Summer BBQ This year’s Summer BBQ will be held on Saturday 2nd Sept, 4-8pm on the Go Local fields.  Non-members are very welcome and everyone will be catered…
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Feed Workshops

Creative Workshops with Queens Hall, Hexham At Go Local Food, Ovington on Friday 21st 2.30 – 4.30 pm and Saturday 22nd July 10.30 am – 12.30 pm From Saturday 8th…
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July’s Growing Gang

What is planned for the Growing Gang this month? Our next event is Saturday 15th July 10am-12noon where we will be having a very special ‘SUPERTATO’ themed Storytelling and Supertato making workshop, harvesting our own potatoes followed…
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Come and help us celebrate!

It’s our 5th Birthday! It’s Official!  Go Local Food have been producing crops for 5 years and we think that’s a good reason for celebration.  Come along on Saturday 15th…
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Growers Workshops

Grow your confidence! Growers Workshops, May 17th, June 21st and July 19th, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm Any gardener knows that there is always something more to learn no matter…
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Growers Question Time

Come and quiz our expert panel Tuesday 23rd May, 7 – 9.30pm. Ovington Social Club Have you got a question about your garden, allotment, greenhouse, polytunnel, plants, veg, flowers? Challenge…
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Our Scarecrow Day

The sun shone on our Scarecrows! For the first time in 4 years grey skies and cold winds were replaced by blue sky and sunshine to welcome a new crop…
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Spring is on the way!

Tweeting on the fields Spring sounds abound as the birds look for nesting sites around the Go Local Food fields. There have never been so many blackbirds in the area…
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Scarecrow Competition

Come along and join the fun! Every year we hold a scarecrow competition linked to World Book Day.  We have had some amazing entries in the past and are hoping…
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Scarecrow Saturday!

Only 2 days to go…. Sun is forecast for Saturday so we’re all set for a fantastic morning on the Go Local Food fields. The theme for the competition is…
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Willow Woman on the field!

Second Willow Workshop Our second willow workshop with Ruth Thompson of Sylvan Skills was held last week.  The group worked hard to make our Willow Woman for the fields.  She…
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We’ve been published!

Unlikely Heroes In 2015 Walter the photographer visited Go Local Food as part of his project called “Feeding Body and Soul – A Year-Long Photographic Exploration of An Agrarian Renaissance. His…
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Christmas Crop Share

The last share of 2016 – and a very happy christmas! Potatoes, onions, leeks, Brussels sprouts, kale, swede, cabbage, baby parsnips, garlic This will be the last crop share of 2016…
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Construction projects

Creating a meeting space There are plans afoot for a ‘cabin’ that will give shelter for work shares and volunteers and allow us to be a bit more social. Grower…
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Willow Working

Willow Workshops – new dates Last time we advertised the workshops the weather turned really cold so they were cancelled! But we have an update for you. There are two…
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Robins on patrol

Robins… and  pigeons The robins are very active around the Go Local Food fields supervising all the work that is going on. Someone or something has been attacking the kale…
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There will be onions

Go Local Food has eventually sourced winter onion sets to plant out. Down to Earth in Hexham came up trumps and managed to order a large net which is enough…
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Working with nature

Red spiders, caterpillars, rabbits… The red spiders have won the battle with the Go Local Food cucumbers and it looks as if it has been the last week for these in…
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Awards for All

Grant success Some of you may have noticed in a recent Hexham Courant article, that the Go Local Food application to Awards for All, a lottery grant, was successful. This grant will help…
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Sparrowhawk on patrol

Sparrow Hawk on patrol A sparrowhawk was spotted working the Go Local Food fields last week. Thought to be hunting swallows! The fat pigeons have been watching the fields with…
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A head start outside

Harrow the first field Ian managed to harrow the first field on Wednesday to get a head start outside for when the weather improves. There will have to be a…
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Wholesome Food Association

Yes we know that we produce wholesome food at Good Local Food Ltd so it was obviously sensible to join the Wholesome Food Association where other like minded people gather.…
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The wild life this weekend

The blackbird fledglings that hatched last week are still with us despite the wintry weather. And the parents are foraging flat out to keep them fed. Another pair of blackbirds…
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Dawn Chorus

Tweeting on the field! Our Dawn Chorus event in May was a new event for us and as with anything new we were not quite sure how successful it would be. …
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Christmas Preserves Workshop

Saturday 10th November We know it’s not Christmas quite yet, but some things are worth planning ahead for.  Join Bridget from Kilbryde Preserves for our Christmas Preserves Workshop at Wylam…
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