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The return of members mornings

Members Morning restored and in good health!

What luck we had with the weather – though it rained on and off and been very grey all week – our first members morning on the fields since 2019! turned out to be bright, sunny, and dry (if a little nippy).

We were well prepared with a long list of jobs – something for everyone – however due to the weeks rainfall we were not able to cut the grass, light the bonfire or sieve the long pile of weedy soil – maybe next month.  Instead the focus was on potting up herbs, setting potatoes off chitting, filling dumpy bags with chippings, clearing rubbish to a skip, creating some much needed space in our Palace and cleaning out the snug.  Drinking coffee/tea with one of Ankie’s biscuits was also an essential ingredient.

The highlight of the morning was revitalising Willowmeena who had been sadly neglected since 2017.  Our willow sculpture, that welcomes visitors and members was made as part of one of our willow workshops when we also installed a willow hedge and arch. She has withstood all weathers very well but was in need of some serious tlc!  And is now restored to her former beauty.

 We were joined by a group of visitors from Hexham keen to find out about how we had set ourselves up, what we were growing and how we manage all the tasks.   The group, part of a community hub, has formed to look at starting up a food growing project further down the valley.

 And in the midst of all of this our beef order from Moss Petteral arrived for members to collect.  All in all a busy and productive morning.  Monthly members mornings not only give us a chance to meet up with each other but also tackle some of those ‘house keeping’ jobs that growers never have the time to do during the week.

Volunteering is an important aspect of our membership and whilst there is always a range of field jobs, there are plenty of other tasks off the fields that help keep the co-op going, promote membership, organise events etc. 

Our Members Mornings continue the first Saturday in the month – a great time for visitors to come and find out more.  

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