Our Urban Smallholding

| 30th June 2016

We’ve been living the Good Life recently; the kitchen garden is booming, we’ve harvested nearly £700 worth of food, the bees are making honey and the new chicks have hatched…

Urban Food Awards

As our business has continued to flourish over recent years, we’ve decided to enter the Urban Food Awards run by the Mayor of London, Borough Market and London Food Link. As we are developing new skills and now making a number of different products we have nominations in quite a few of the categories: Honey, Preserves, Bread and Most Inspiring Producer. Winning an award in this competition that celebrates the best food produced in London would mean so much to our business as we continue to encourage others to live more sustainably. Place your votes here!

“London’s fantastic small food businesses are vital to our economy and to the vibrancy of our city. The choice of food on offer in the capital is more varied and exciting than ever before, with something for every taste and budget. I urge you to support your local food business and vote for your favourites in the 2016 Urban Food Awards.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London 

Urban Food Route StrawberryWe love to welcome schools, course guests, Micro Bakery customers and others to come and discover more about where their food comes from.

Recently we partnered with Livity, a Youth Marketing Agency, who are making a series of films putting people where they don’t belong, encouraging young people to ‘Go Off Road’ – What’s the worst that could happen?

They brought presenter and comedian Mikes Comedy from Brixton to Hen Corner to spend an afternoon outside of his comfort zone, he absolutely doesn’t do animals, so between the cat, the chickens and the bees, he had to really brace himself to push through. He made a great loaf of bread and some fab strawberry jam – it’s well worth a watch!

Other News:
  • The fertile eggs hatched 6 beautiful chicks right on cue, at the moment it looks like half are Silver Laced and half are Gold Laced all are Bantam Orpingtons
  • Xanthe Clay included us in her recent feature in The Telegraph about DIY dairy: how to make cheese at home
  • Just days later, we had our first Cheese in a Day course with guests taking home the three cheeses, loaf of bread and rosemary biscuits that they made
Jobs for the Week:
  • Find a Pick-Your-Own farm to gather some strawberries for the new jam season
  • Prepare for a Corporate Team that are coming for the day next week
  • Protect the almond tree from the squirrels, I really want a harvest of nuts this year!

After a day on the Urban Smallholding with my worn out wellies and leaves in my hair, I must look more like Worzel Gummidge than Felicity Kendall! I find that there’s something so satisfying about creating your own food from raw ingredients that you recognise as plants and animals.

Is there a type of food that you would like to make for yourself?

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