Installation of a Ridan Composter

On the 18th July Windmill Community Gardens in Margate, saw the successful installation of the innovative Ridan Composter onto its Community Gardens site along Dane Valley Road.

The composter is a collaboration project with the new sustainable Angela’s Restaurant in Margate Old Town– due to open in August 2017. The ingenious composter is designed to turn the restaurants raw, cooked and organic food matter into useful compost. Therefore closing the loop, and reducing the amount of the restaurant’s waste going to landfill.

The compost produced will be used in raising plants for sale to the public at our plant nursery on site. Offering chemical free plants, attractive to wildlife and gardeners alike including herbs, vegetables, native hedgerow and ornamental plants including nectar rich herbaceous perennials beneficial to pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies and moths.

Windmill Community Gardens is a community food growing and environmental project based in Margate, they are a service wing of the Millmead Children’s Centre Partnership Ltd. We pride ourselves in growing produce for sale at our weekly Tuesday Market Stall open from 12-4pm and vegetable box scheme. The composter closes the loop in the food cycle and will help to achieve a low carbon footprint for both the Community Gardens and Angela’s Restaurant.

Come along and explore our gardens and plant nursery.

 

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Organic Mushroom Growing Workshop

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On 14th March 2017 we provided our first ever Mushroom Growing Workshop here at Windmill Community Gardens, thanks to generous funding from Nineveh. The workshop was provided by Dr Ashley Mills who is a self-confessed ‘passionate mushroom growing geek’ and an especially ‘funguy’ to have on board. (Bet you haven’t heard that one before)

The workshop was attended by 22 people, a mixture of volunteers, participants and staff. This number also included 7 people who were completely new to our project which was great to see. Some of the participants comments about their experience include;

‘I didn’t realise that you can actually grow mushrooms yourself, I’ve never even thought about that until now’

‘Ashley’s knowledge was amazing and he explained things in a very simple easy to understand way, this was great’

‘I would like to attend more sessions like these, please provide more’

I didn’t know anything about growing mushrooms, especially that I could grow them at home’

‘Knowing that we will have our own mushrooms in a few months’ time is so exciting’

‘How to use my waste as a tree surgeon to grow food was the best and most useful thing I’ve learnt in a while. This workshop was very hands on and Ashley was great as a teacher’

As a result of this workshop, the wellbeing group have taken on the mushroom growing as an ongoing project, watering and tending to them and the result of this will be that we will have our own organically grown mushrooms for all us all to try.

One staff member has taken impregnated coffee grounds home and is storing them under her stairs as another way to grow the mushrooms and will report back on their progress.

The day was a huge success, with the majority of people requesting more workshops just like it; as a result we are working on how we can provide further self-sustaining workshops in the future.

Thank you Nineveh for funding this new experience, it was a fantastic new project, which we will now sustain and continue to grow our own mushrooms for all to benefit and learn from.

Please Vote for us in the Tesco #BagsofHelp initiative

Windmill Community Gardens are delighted to be shortlisted to receive funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Throughout December 2016 with every purchase you will receive a token which can be used to vote for us.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single -use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 31st December on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

We would like to kindly ask if you visit a Tesco store in December to please vote for us.

Thank you

The Windmill Community Gardens Team

Festival Of Learning

Many of you may be aware that here at the Windmill Community Gardens, we run a wide range of courses and activities at the project. We are a service wing of Millmead Children’s Centre and together we have put together a board to showcase what we do.

Here are just a few examples: First Aid, Story Books, Little Singing Stars, Pilot Horticulture and Employability Course, Introduction to Food Growing and Gardening Course.

If you would like to find out more about our courses and what we offer, please contact us on:

windmill.project@surestartmillmead.org.uk or 01843 280 555

Also find us on Facebook and Twitter

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Rocket Science

Our Funtastic Saturday club for 8 to 13 years olds is getting involved with the nationwide “Rocket Science” scheme set up by the RHS in conjunction with the International Space Station.

2kg of Rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station with Tim Peake, after several months in space they were returned to the RHS. Participating schools and children groups were sent two packets of 100 Rocket seeds (one packet which had gone into space and one packet which hadn’t). We don’t know which packet is which and over the next few weeks we will be comparing how they grow.

The children are encouraged to embark on a voyage of discovery to see what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media for pictures and updates on how the seeds grow.Collage 1

Pumpkin Party 30th October 2015

On the 30th October we invited the local community to our annual Pumpkin Party down on the Windmill Community Gardens allotments. We had a great attendance with 440 participants both young and old. With a variety of activities to take part in from pumpkin carving, to spider making, pond dipping and apple bobbin, it was a really enjoyable day. There was also the opportunity to buy some of our produce at our market stall and plant sale, and some delicious homemade soups for all to try.pumpkin