the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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know someone who knows someone in London that wants to save a farm ?


OgranicLea, a very awesome workers collective near London in the Lea Valley put out the following call for help on their blog:

“A coalition of growers is working with Haringey Council to explore taking on Wolves Lane, a 2 acre former plant nursery in north London. The goal is to turn the site into a centre/hub for community food enterprise and prevent the loss of the extensive rare urban glasshouse infrastructure.

The lead partner is Organiclea, an award winning and internationally renowned workers’ co-operative with over 15 years of experience doing similar work in a neighbouring London borough. They have a 12 acre site nearby and are currently supporting new groups of growers to take on sites under their farmstart program.

The aim is for an initiative that grows and distributes sustainably produced food to local residents and businesses; engages a wide range of people in learning and skills activities, and health and well-being benefits; establishes itself as a centre for promoting healthy eating; and offers space for community groups and social enterprises to run activities that benefit the community.

A presentation is being given to the council on 10th October and the pitch would be greatly enhanced if we could find seed funding of £20k. Given the tight turn around of this bid, we are seeking this from private donors and trusts; this money could be given as a gift or a ten year loan, if preferred.

Please contact Brian Kelly on 07816 930585 or if you want to find out more.”

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position at cooking school in shanagarry, county cork, ireland


Position Vacant

Ballymaloe Cookery School is looking for a new staff member to join our team in a varied, exciting role.   The successful applicant will be expected to be flexible, willing to pitch in wherever necessary, though they will have defined duties.

We are looking for someone who ideally has attended our 12 Week Certificate Course or a number of our short courses and therefore has an understanding of how the school works, its ethos and its staff.  However any applicant will be considered.

This is a varied role consisting of

  • some general office work including answering the telephone, dealing with queries and contacting potential students for bookings.
  • Social Media participation.  Taking an active interest in our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and anything else that might arrive!
  • Writing on our blog.  We have lots and lots of things happening which need to be written about on our website.
  • Some marketing duties selling cookery courses and team building packages.
  • Getting out and about to take photographs of what is happening with the farm, gardens, students and staff.
  • Dealing with Students and Members of the public in a hospitality role.
  • Some evening events as needed.

We will be very interested in working with an applicant’s prior experience to put it to full benefit.

Some of the following criteria would be helpful.

  • Experience managing and communicating over multiple Social Media channels.
  • Experience of general office administration.
  • Some experience in a Marketing / Sales Role
  • Proven ability to write and find different styles.
  • Hospitality experience in Hotel or Restaurant.
  • Experience working at an open estate where public are welcome
  • Bachelor Degree or Similar.
  • Some experience working in a kitchen
  • Experience working in a horticultural environment

Ballymaloe Cookery School is a world class brand, teaching students from around the globe how to cook and how to treat the food they eat and produce for others with respect.

We are continuing to strengthen our position as a innovative and leading cookery school but also continue to branch out into other areas making the Ballymaloe Cookery School a must visit destination for anyone interested in Food who is travelling to Ireland.

Most likely you will need to already have visa to work in the EU before applying.

Help can be given to find accommodation in the area for the successful applicant.

Please send CV / Resume with cover letter explaining why you would be interested in the position to Toby at or by return email.

We will try to respond to everyone who applies but may only be able to contact successful applicants.

Toby Allen
Ballymaloe Cookery School

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UK folks: screening of the solution to pollution is life in cambridge, uk on august 18


The really fabulous feminist film buffs over at Reel Women host a monthly short film night that promotes the work of female filmmakers. On August 18, they are showing a night of films about food, and as part of this event, will be screening the Greenhorns’s own The Solution to Pollution is Life.” We are psyched and honored to be a part of this. If you’re in the Cambridge area, come see us at the Cambridge Art House on the 18th from 21:00-23:00!