RHSC Allotment Project

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January 2017 - pathway made from recycled bricks in the fruit cages at the allotment.

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From September 2016,  until it gets chilly and dark, we will continue to meet at the allotment site, with the children, every Tuesday and Thursday for about 20-30 minutes at lunch time. We resume work on the allotment in early Spring. 

Summer Allotment pics 2016 

 

To read the latest update about changes and developments down at the at the allotment site this Springtime 2016 click HERE

 

To read the article written by Mr Willer and featured in the Permaculture magazine click HERE 

 

Permaculture is a national and international magazine which spreads the word about sustainability, the environment etc. 

 

To see more photographs of the allotment project click HERE

 

 

My FIRST source of inspiration was my time spent in Uganda with my wife. We spent time in a small village called Tabiro which is just outside the capital city, Kampala. We worked at the local school and orphanage teaching children. We both learnt very quickly how to appreciate the simple things in life such as running water and food which are readily available back in Britain. Many of the children we worked with did not have shoes and walked miles to get to school every day. Despite the hard life that these children have, they were some of the happiest children I have ever worked with; their life was simple but they had enormous joy being alive. The children in the village spent most of their time outside playing and having fun. Seeing this made me question the lives of many young people back home in Britain, many of which spend most evenings watching TV or playing their computer games. It made me think: have we really got it right for young people in this western culture of ours? I was amazed how much of the food in the village was locally grown. This was because the nearest place to buy food was too far away to walk to. Most of what people cooked was grown around them and was not shop bought. I then realised how much we take supermarkets at home for granted and how, by using supermarkets, we have, to some extent, lost our connection with the natural environment where food is grown.

 

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My SECOND source of inspiration comes from my travels to the island of Cuba. Cuba is an amazing country and its people are full of life and enjoy a colourful and vibrant lifestyle. Having read history at university I knew about the interesting history of the island. A long story short, the Soviet Union (now Russia) used to supply Cuba with oil for many, many decades until the 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed as a country. When this happened the oil stopped coming to Cuba. This oil had previously been used in Cuba for fuel for transport, but most of this oil was used to produce artificial fertilizers for agricultural crops from which the islands main food supply came from. With no oil, the people of Cuba very almost starved. This was until the government of Cuba told the Cuban people to start growing their own food in towns and cities. Food was therefore grown locally by people in towns and cities and not in great big fields using tractors and, of course, without using artificial fertilizers. This means that all food produced using ‘urban agriculture’ is totally organic. This method of ‘growing your own food’ saved the people of Cuba. Is what Cuba did, and experienced, an example to the rest of the planet of what to do when fossil fuels run out? I just think this might be true.

 

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My THIRD source of inspiration comes from my old secondary school back in West Sussex, Oathall Community College. My school was, and remains, one of a handful of state schools in the country that has a working farm attached to it for young people. Oathall’s school farm has its own collection of pigs, chickens, lambs and cows of which their meat is sold in the farm shop to the general public. Oathall’s school farm also grows its own food and flowers which are also sold through the farm shop.

I spent some time on the farm as part of my experience of being a student at Oathall Community College. My experience continues to be shared by all at my old school this is because the school farm is very much part of the whole school’s ethos. Oathall’s school farm continues to provide opportunities for all kinds of young people of all ages and abilities. I often really appreciated escaping from the classroom environment for a time and being down at the farm; it helped to balance out my time spent getting ready for my exams. If only all schools in the country could have a working farm like Oathall!

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Mr Willer

Teacher of Humanities and overseer of ‘the Allotment Project’