the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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fork to fork

11th June sees the second year of the Franklin Fork to Fork Festival, a celebration of food, drink, music and the buzz of a strong, engaged and active community!   There will be food from Kitty Fisher’s, the River Café, etc etc etc…..

The aim is to raise funds for the Open Air Classroom project at Ark Franklin Primary Academy where we are building an inspirational garden space that will be open to both the school and the local community.  The aim of the garden is to provide an enriching, exciting and educational space for children to learn the fundamental elements of healthy nutrition alongside mathematics, English, science and the wider curriculum, bringing their learning to life.  A place where pupils and the wider community can experience the joy of discovery, solve problems, be creative, develop self-confidence and mature both socially and emotionally.

Our plans include a pond, raised beds, an outdoor kitchen, space for productions and a weather station, affording our children daily opportunities to physically engage with their environment.  We hope the garden can help reverse the trend that currently sees children in the UK spending less time in green spaces than the population of our prisons.  Our garden will give children access to the outdoors, reversing trends in obesity and childhood depression and giving our children space to reflect and grow.  To visit this website and watch the video, click here!

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learning with the land

The Walden Project takes public high school to the woods each day in western Vermont. In this 5-minute preview of a 30-minute film produced by Walden alumna Julia Walsh, check out the history, environment, community, discussions, food and philosophy of the Walden Project. For information about their related student art exhibit (also called Learning with the Land) and more, visit

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DIY skills for kids

DIY.orgjust released the first of their Skills pages. Included in these is a Gardener Skill page. DIY has many enthusiastic gardeners already in the fold, now there’s a curated curriculum where these budding agrarians can challenge themselves.

What do you think, Greenhorns?  They have plans to release Landscaper, Hydrologist, Rancher, Animal Keeper, Mycologist, Forester and other land-based Skills training soon.

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real food in schools

Some news on Slow Food’s Time for Lunch campaign…

Remember this date: September 7, 2009. We’ll look back on that day as the moment when people across America took a stand about the food our children eat at school.


As you know, children who grow up enjoying food that is both delicious and good for them learn healthy eating habits that last throughout their lives. Those habits can start at school – but only if we give schools the resources to serve real food instead of the overly processed fast food that endangers their health. Continue reading