It’s official – the local food growing enterprise Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea is a charity! And to celebrate here’s a round-up of their recent activity and future events and sales…

Becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

The journey to charitable status started with support from the Council’s Innovation Fund to enable Groundwork London to begin to bring together 50+ Kitchen Gardens, plot holders, green-fingered residents, local community groups and businesses and on 10 March 2016, Groundwork’s efforts were celebrated by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea.

At the celebration, attendees had the chance to pledge to get involved in all aspects of the charity – and it’s not too late to get involved now! For more information on volunteering do contact Lisa Wilkinson, RBKC Community Gardener at lisa.wilkinson@rbkc.gov.uk / 07542 718133.

Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea’s Olympia Market Garden greenhouse

Here’s lead grower, Isabelle Neville to tell us more…

Wednesday 9 March 2016 was a momentous occasion.  The Growing Team officially moved into the CKC greenhouses at Olympia.  The first seed-tray crossing the threshold of Greenhouse No 1 was recorded for posterity; Rose and Nina, our first and enthusiastic volunteers planted the first salad trays.

Travelling the long journey from when I was casually recruited to volunteer for the project, I am proud of our achievement.  A lot of dedicated people gave their free time to bring this project alive; it feels good to share their pride.

As CKC settles in its role of providing vegetable seedlings for kitchen gardens across the borough and beyond, our vision is to expand our range to include exotic edible plants that will grow in the London climate.  With the help of Will Gould, and Lisa Wilkinson – Community Gardeners – we have started our ‘Exotic trials.’ Lisa and I are putting together a range of Edible Flowers in pots/baskets to be decorative, nutritional and provide unusual salad material.

CKC aims to build a Greenhouse Volunteer Team to help with all aspects of the growing project.  No experience necessary, but goodwill and a sense of fun is expected.  In exchange we will take our volunteers on a journey from seed-sowing to plant-selling, with full training given on what goes on in-between.

Seed workshop 4

Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea’s Plant Sales

As well as growing and selling fruit and vegetable seedlings, the Cultivators host a number of plant sales around the borough and the next dates for your diary are:

Saturday, 16 April – 12noon-2pm @ Kensington Olympia Station Community Kitchen Garden

Saturday, 30 April – 10am-12:30pm @ Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre

Saturday, 7 May – 12noon – 2pm @ St Quintin Avenue Community Kitchen Garden

Saturday, 21 May – 12noon – 2pm @ Kensington Olympia Station Community Kitchen Garden

All profits go back to supporting the community kitchen gardens. Further dates will be posted on the Cultivating K&C Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cultivatingkc.

For more information about Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea, please email secretaryckccio@gmail.com.

 

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