Environmental Initiatives

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RECYCLING OUR CAFES WASTE

When we started this little shop, we were putting out 10 bins every week for garbage collection.  Since then, we have turned over a green leaf. All of our left overs, peels, extra toast and bits and pieces of salad left on plates go into a bucket which is collected by a local small farmer who feeds his pigs with it all.  No onions, no garlic, no citrus, pigs know what they like. We load up and recycle all of our cardboard, paper, glass and tins. It makes a huge difference, and we are left with only one bin of garbage for collection. I am currently investigating a range of recyclable, compostable take away containers and coffee cups.  We currently try not to use polystyrene, and use paper and cardboard, so the responsibility of recycling becomes that of our consumers.  This new range is great for green folk.  It is hugely expensive, so the trade-off is cost, but there are other suppliers out there and we are doing our homework.  Of course top of the wish list is that customers bring their own sippy cups and dishes!!

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COMPOSTING

When we first got to Nottingham Road and were pretend farmers with our horses and quaint vegetable garden, I had no idea how it could end up.

We now have the most wonderful compost from the horses.  We were being overrun by the compost heaps from the stables leavings, and didn’t know how to manage it.  A bit of Googling and we now rotate the compost, have added an organic starter to it, grow pumpkins and other squashes over the top of it, and donate loads to various school and outreach gardens.  We recycle our feed bags and sell the compost as well, using the money to buy seeds, which will soon be used in permaculture gardens around the area.

 

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WORM FARM

At that time it was all the “thing” to have a worm farm.  Jolly expensive versions were springing up everywhere for sale.  Given the amount of garden clippings and other deliciousness we have, we thought – well why not – trendy and efficient! Got a handful of Australian Wrigglies (I will check their correct name), rustled up sterling worm accommodations in an old and rather decrepit half a Jojo tank and we have the happiest community of worms in the business. They really are rather remarkable.  You don’t have to have a huge amount, a small little worm farm is perfect in a suburban garden, requires a bit of enthusiasm and it is a good thing to do for the general good health of your soil.

 

 

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PRODUCTION GARDEN
Our quaint little veggie garden with its neat little rows is now a bit of a tangle. There are some things we have difficulty in growing, like tomatoes, but the greens grow, well, like weeds really. We have lettuce, spinach and herbs pretty much all the time for our coffee shop. We have harvested and eaten leeks, rocket, beets, peas, broad beans, fennel, rhubarb, garlic, radishes, Chinese greens, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, raspberries and strawberries, even asparagus.  It is really exciting for a townie to go down to the garden and pick supper.  It is as organic as we can possible keep it, we don’t use pesticides or any commercial fertilizer.  Our soil is rich and dark and friable and positively glows with health.  It is incredibly rewarding, very frustrating, subject to decimation by our free range chickens if the gate is left open, but for a fledgling country girl a thing of wonder.

 

 

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