Claver Hill farm is looking beautiful with rows of beds

Lancaster Guardian columnist, Anna Clayton.
Lancaster Guardian columnist, Anna Clayton.

The summer may be slow in coming but Lancaster’s food growers and community food projects are not dampened by the wet and cold weather.

Claver Hill community farm is looking beautiful with its rows of no-dig beds gradually turning green with the promise of tasty veg to come.

One poly tunnel has gone up and another should be ‘skinned’ sometime over the next few weeks.

You can keep up-to-date with Claver Hill activities by ‘liking’ Claver Hill’s Facebook page. You could also come to Claver Hill’s work days- every Sunday from 2pm.

Lancaster’s Seed Library is launching this Saturday (June 6) in the Lancaster Central Library from 10:30am onwards. The launch will involve a film, local food, various growing activities and the first seeds being placed in the seed library cabinet by our new mayor John Barry.

The day also marks Piccadilly’s summer fair where Liz and her swap stall will be based.

In the evening, Transition City Lancaster will also be celebrating its five year anniversary in the Gregson from 7pm onwards, which will include a variety of ‘green awards’.

Award nominees include LESS, Lancaster’s Food Assembly and Incredible Edible Lancaster.

The celebration is open to everyone and is a chance to find out what ‘low carbon’ activities are going on in Lancaster.

Incredible Edible Lancaster is continuing to run forage walks every other week in Fairfield Orchard.

And the group’s community nursery, based at Claver Hill Community Farm, is starting to take shape. A work day is planned for Sunday, June 14 from 12pm onwards with the aim of creating paths and getting the nursery deer protected.

The work day on June 14 will also provide some TLC to Transition’s fruit tree nursery. Thanks to committed local grafters, Transition City Lancaster now has hundreds of small fruit trees doted around Lancaster waiting to be given or sold to community groups and growers.

Some of these trees are based at Claver Hill community farm- in a newly created ‘tree nursery’.

In order to look after the trees Transition want to set up a ‘Tree People’ group.

Would you be interested in becoming part of a dream ‘tree team’ that look after and distribute fruit trees around Lancaster?

If yes, please get in touch.

And finally, on the June 11, Lancaster Climate Action is hosting a vegan feast from 6-8.30pm in the Friends Meeting House.

Take a vegan dish to share and try all kinds of vegan delights :)