Unicorn Grocery, Manchester co-operative grocery, has put together a
guide intended to help others who want to set up a shop using the same
The Grow a Grocery guide walks potential grocers through all
areas of the business, in the hope that it will make starting a new shop an
easier process and help existing shops improve and/or expand.
I have just been shown this magnificent video of the lantern festival we took part in (with our local apples and apple press!), at Whalley Abbey back in November. This beautiful film, made by Huckleberry films, really depicts the wonderful work the local steiner group have done in building such a magical annual event! Enjoy!
Creating a new future, isn’t all about making sacrifice, it needs to be fun! If it isn’t fun, it isn’t sustainable.
Every thursday, a mixed bunch of eclectic people gather at Altham Corn Mill, near Altham to sing some beautiful songs together. Ailsa Nicholson is our very strict choir mistress and we have our first gig on the 29th Feb at Cafe Cargo, Foulridge and YOU are invited to join us! the more the merrier. The event is open to all artists to come and perform/display their work. It is appropriately named the Artist’s Hangout. Take a “leap’ of faith on leap day, and we hope to see you there!
We are well on with planting the windbreak along the A59 with willow cuttings. By the autumn we should have good protection for the site, about three metres high, so long as the voles and rabbits don’t chew the bark and kill them off. Willow grows fast and will soak up some of the damp which will help the site which has been waterlogged with all the rain of December and January.
We are using mycorrhizal fungi when we plant which brings nutrients for the willows from the soil in exchange for sugars which help them extend their network in the soil. Magic! More…
We are up for planning permission on Thursday evening, 9 Feb, at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Planning Committee. Approval will be a big step along the way. If we are refused we have the option of going to appeal which will be a delay but our chances of approval at that stage are very high. More….