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We need apples and volunteers for our annual Green Fair!
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Hello Belsize,
Our seventh annual Green Fair is fast approaching! See below for more details, and let us know if you can spare a few hours on Saturday 27th September to help us out – we need volunteers to help set up and take down stalls, and to man them during the day.
We are also still looking for sponsorship so that we can have the ever-popular farm animals back this year, so if you know of any local businesses who might be able to help please email us.
We also need apples and other fruit – if you know of any trees where the fruit might be going to waste, let us know and we’ll send round our Abundance team to pick them.
Read on for all the details.
Transition Belsize Green Fair
Saturday 27th September – 10am-4pm
Haverstock Hill, from Budgens down to opposite the tube
Our seventh annual Green Fair is back this year on the last Saturday in September. Community groups and local businesses will be running stalls and we'll have lots of events for grown-ups and kids.
Just a few of the highlights:
Belsize Beer Hop Collection
The Belsize Beer/Kentish Town Keg/Primrose Pint project, meanwhile, is proceeding apace: the first round of hops (8.7kg!) were harvested on Sunday and delivered to The Bull in Highgate for brewing. If you haven’t harvested your hops yet, please bring them to the Green Fair on Saturday 27th September between 10am and 4pm for a second batch of brewing. We’ll be meeting in early October at The Bull to sample the beer. And email us if you’d like to put on the mailing list for next year’s hop growing!
Well Beeing Garden Workshops
Fridays – 2-3.30pm
Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, NW5
Come along on Friday afternoons to get involved in workshops in our great new community space.
19th September: Apple pressing and all things fruity. Spring bulb planting.
26th September: Camp crumble – cooking off grid! Are you energy savvy?
Belsize Community Choir
Thursdays – 6.45-9pm
St Peter’s Church, Belsize Square
Interest in singing? Love diverse music? Want to make new friends? Join the inclusive, fun, non-auditioned community choir!
For more information contact: 07880 526473 or info@belsizecommunitychoir.org.uk
Tansy Hoskins: Can Fashion Really Be Ethical?
Thursday 18th September – 6.30-8pm
Impact Hub Kings Cross, 34b York Way, N1
From factory workers to fashion models how does the industry treat it's employees and can fashion really ever be ethical? Tansy Hoskins, author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion dissects the industry examining the symbiotic relationship between fashion and capitalism.
More info here.
Calthorpe 30th Anniversary Festival
Saturday 20th September – 1-7pm
258-274 Grays Inn Road, WC1X
We are celebrating 30 years of community action with a day of festivities, music and dance.  On stage there will be Latin dance, Peruvian puppets, original music, Latin guitar, Lord Eric African music, Rock 'n' Roll dance workshop and Low Down Dogs rock music. There will be stalls, a barbecue, bar, bouncy castle, giant bubbles and arts and crafts.
More info here.
Edible Gardens Open Day
Saturday 20th September
The event is a chance for Capital Growth gardens (like the King’s Cross Skip Garden, above) across the city to take part in a celebration of the growing year, when their gardens are at their best.  
See the map of edible gardens open on the day here.
The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden Harvest Festival
Sunday 21st September
The Allotment garden, corner of Chester Road and the Inner Circle, The Regent's Park NW1
To celebrate this year of food growing at the Allotment Garden in Regent's Park come along to sample delicious food cooked fresh from the garden! We will have live music on site , activities for children and grown ups, competition and goodies from the garden to take home.
More info here.
Pension Power
Monday 29th September – 7-9pm
Castlehaven Community Centre, 21 Castlehaven Road, NW1
With over £3 trillion invested in the UK’s pensions industry, the decisions that our pension funds make shape the nature of our economy and the health of our planet.
Join Sophia McNab of ShareAction, as we learn about how we can use our savings to take action on climate change.
Permaculture for Transition
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October
Streatham Hill
This two-day course is suitable both for people new to permaculture, or for those who've focused on land-based permaculture and would like to look at applying the principles to Transition projects to increase resilience and effectiveness. The course has been approved by both Transition Network and the Permaculture Association.
More info here.
Dragon Dreaming Introduction Course
10th-12th October
Lambeth
Dragon Dreaming is a method for project design that helps us bring our individual and collective dreams and visions into reality. It looks at why most projects fail while some succeed and learns from its insights using Systems and Chaos Theory as well as the wisdom of aboriginal cultures. Integrating clear stages into the process – Dreaming, Planning, Doing and Celebrating – Dragon Dreaming gives us a holistic framework to work with.
More info here.
Edible Plant Identification Walk
Saturday 27th September – 12pm
Meet at Transition Belsize stall, Haverstock Hill
Join Alexis Rowell for a walk on Hampstead Heath to learn about the dozens of edible plants that grow wild in our local meadows, woods and hedgerows, like sorrel, chervil, nettles, lesser celandine, elderflowers and elderberries.
The walk is free. Email us to book your place!
Tour de Belsize 2014: Bike Tour of Food-Growing Sites
Saturday 27th September – 2-3pm
Meet outside Budgens, Haverstock Hill
This year you are invited to bring your bicycle along to the seventh annual Belsize Green Fair. Park you bike, stroll around the fair and then meet up at 2pm outside Budgens at 199-205 Haverstock Hill to join a cycle tour of community gardens in the former Metropolitan Borough of Hampstead. We should be back at the fair by 3pm.
More info and route here.
Fermented Foods Workshop
Tuesday 14th October – 7.30-9.30pm
The Winch, 21 Winchester Road
Be on trend and join us for a workshop with Gill Jacobs on Fermented Foods.
We will make sauerkraut together – not the pasteurised stuff in jars in the
supermarket, but homemade with a mix of complex flavours and textures
that will not only help the planet (it’s a live food without any packaging)
but also your health! Made with fresh organic vegetables from the Kentish Town VegBox scheme, you will have a sauerkraut jar to take home, ready to 
eat in a week or two. 
Read about one of Gill's previous workshops in The Guardian.
Tasting of previously made sauerkraut on the night. Please bring a 3/4 litre kilner jar.
Places limited to 10 – booking essential. Email us to confirm a place.
More info here.
SuperHomes Open Houses
September and October
There really isn’t a better way to find out how to make an old home energy efficient than to spend some time with eco-retrofit pioneers who have been there, done it and are already enjoying the benefits. Book now for the SuperHome eco open house events. Tour, explore and be inspired to green your home. Three houses in Belsize Park and Camden will be open on weekends through September and October.
Full details here.
Seed to Plate Gardening Project
Wednesday 17th September – 11am-3pm
26-30 Cotleigh Road, West Hampstead
We welcome women to volunteer in our community garden and learn practical gardening skills for free! Sessions led by qualified female tutor.
More info here.
Dormouse Weekend
Friday 19th – Sunday 20th September
Return wildlife camping weekend in Pierland Wood near Ruckinge, Kent. Dormice have become very scarce as their habitat is being lost, but well managed woodlands can still support good populations. By special arrangement we will spend the weekend in a privately owned woodland in Kent where there are substantial numbers that are easy to see and can even be handled.
More info from dave.lawrence@dsl.pipex.com / 020 8444 6285 / 07714 628507.
Story Time with Yuval Zommer
Saturday 20th September – 11am
Daunt Books, 51 South End Road
GROWL, HOWL, RUMBLE and ROAR your way through a fun and noisy story time with guest author Yuval Zommer. Audience participation positively encouraged. Perfect entertainment for the under sixes. Please phone to book a place (020) 7794 8206.
People’s Climate March
Sunday 21st September
The People’s Climate March will take place this coming Sunday. And with around 2,000 events planned,, this may well prove to be the large climate rally in history. In London, 10,000 people are expected to March from Temple Place to Parliament House. Join the event on Facebook or find out more at peoplesclimate.org/london.
The Culinary Traditions of Slovenia
Friday 26th September – 7.30-9pm
Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, NW1
Sylvia Onusic, PhD, of Taste of Slovenia will give a talk on Slovenian food and wine, with samples to taste and to drink. Don’t know where Slovenia is? At the crossroads of Europe, Slovenia borders on Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia. We will have Slovenian wines to try and tastings of some other foods.
Find out more and RSVP here.
Capital Growth Workshop: Make Garden Goodies to Sell
Saturday 4th October – 10.30am-1pm
The Regent’s Park, NW1
If you are looking for new ways to use your garden fruits and veg, this course is for you! We will explore a wide range of food products to make from teas and seed packets to balms, scented oils and beauty products made with herbs.
More info and booking here.
Emily’s Walking Book Club
Sunday 5th October – 11.30am
Meet at Daunt Books, South End Road
Join other book-lovers for a walk on Hampstead Heath to discuss Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s radical novel The Home-Maker.
Costing London’s Growth
Tuesday 7th October – 6-9pm
Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, E14
An event for people concerned about London's sustainable development, run by the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy.
More info here.
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