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Horsenden Farm: volunteering ๐Ÿซถ + animals ๐Ÿฎ + pizza ๐Ÿ• + craft beer ๐Ÿบ
๐Ÿ—“Saturday 3rd August 10:00am

๐Ÿ“Horsenden Farm UB6 7PQ

Support the local urban farm and orchard

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Sat 3rd Aug at 10:00am

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Sat 6th Jul at 10:00am

Life of Waste

Ealing Report written by Kash

Do you know what happens with the contents of your food waste bin - provided a fox hasn't knocked it over? Ealing Council takes the food waste to a processing plant, where it is used to make fertiliser. Elsa from Horsenden Farm told us that the compost piled up at the farm car park was produced that way. So, if you live in Ealing and recycle your food, maybe our intrepid team of farm-gymers was shovelling the product of your egg shells, banana skins and that leftover at the back of your fridge you discovered after two months, thriving with fungal civilisation. Hopefully not the latter! If you don't recycle your food, you can read about it here and order your free food waste bin. It really makes a difference to the environment.

Today's session was all about compost. Penny, Roberta, Sevan and Kash, not scared by the pouring rain, made it to Horsenden Farm to transport the fertiliser from the car park to our favourite potato patch up the hill. Elsa advised us not to overfill the wheelbarrows as the journey to the plot was challenging enough. The tactical approach was to load the barrow with the lighter dry compost from the middle of the heap. Can you imagine? The fertiliser inside the mound was extremely dehydrated despite all the heavy rain flooding streets and paths since yesterday!

Sevan was fascinated by the compost journey in the circle of life. He filmed a documentary, starting with the fertiliser shovelling scene. The action then moved up to the plot where - believe me or not - we saw potatoes being grown and harvested. They are not a myth! Our manure exploits at the farm in the winter finally paid off. Potatoes that had been already harvested were being sold at the farm shop at the Hayloft.

It was a pretty tough workout and everyone gave their best effort, so we decided to cut on breaks but finish the shovelling ahead of time. Now, the rewards awaited! It was too early to order the pizza, so we were hanging out with the farm animals. Chickens, pigs and goats could be found in their usual spots, while the calves were out for grazing and nowhere to be seen. We offered cuddles to the fluffy farm cat and the cute dog, Nalla just before noon, then queued for the coffee and pizza order. Both treats were delicious and warmed us up after the morning in the rain and the wind. It was a well-deserved break!

If you missed animals, pizza and the great company today, worry not! Horsenden events are running each month throughout the year, so join us for the next one in August! Oh, and there will be a proper volunteering workout too, of course!

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Sat 29th Jun at 10:00am

Earth of Glass

Ealing Report written by Kash

Upon arrival, we caught sight of an Ealing Riding School trailer with manure delivery for Western Road Urban Garden. Ash, the engineering mind behind the WRUG design, said that the manure needs to mature for several weeks, so shovelling wasn't our job for today. Phew!

"Have you ever tried a manure dive, Kash?" - Ash
"Haha, not today, Ash. I'm visiting older people that need help in the afternoon." - Kash

Janpal, the director of Southall Community Alliance, welcomed Roberta and Bal, the first-timers at WRUG, and gave them a short history talk about the place. Sevan and Kash had heard the story several times by now, and each time, they enjoyed the inspiring tale of the incredible transformation they had taken part in, digging, moving logs and helping set up a polytunnel. Janpal was very proud of the polytunnel, which now had plants growing inside. It was also a place that made everyone appreciate the temperature outside on sweltering days like today.

"Just go inside for a couple of minutes, then go out. Yesterday it was over fifty degrees in there!" - Janpal

The other sources of pride at Western Road were flowers, the fruit orchard and the community allotment plots. Not all of the plots had been ready for planting.

"We ran out of space here. The children from the local school don't have more plots for growing vegetables."

Today's job was to remove the weeds from the allotment plots to allow the kids and volunteers to continue planting. Bal, Roberta, Sevan and Kash grabbed forks and joined volunteer Jeff, who was a real weeding machine and shared a few gardening tricks with the GoodGymers. The soil was very dry and hard, and the roots were long, so the job turned out more challenging than expected. There was still a lot of glass buried in the earth, so removing the pieces took extra time.

On such a scorcher, the plants desperately needed water, so Roberta decided to help Janpal water runner beans, potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables, and - occasionally - people.

Halfway through the three-hour session everyone stopped for a break and enjoyed the ice-cold water and samosas Janpal had supplied. Ash and Jeff opted for tea, claiming that a hot drink, counterintuitively, makes you feel cooler.

Despite being lower in numbers than usual, the team cleared two plots to make further community planting possible, and saved the day by watering the plots already in use - well done, Roberta!

We are back to the Western Road very soon, so make sure you sign up for the next session in two weeks!

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Fri 28th Jun at 3:00pm

Open fo(u)r a surprise

Ealing Report written by StephDucat

Last shift of the day and Jacquie left, but the 3 other goodgymers were out fo(u)r a surprise as Martin signed up during the day and three became four. Four fairy cleaners on board at ESK. The cleaning was done and dusted in no time. The team also joined the other volunteers to say a good bye to Norman as it was his last shift with ESK as going on a trip around Europe. The team did a great job and they all could leave earlier than expected.

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Fri 28th Jun at 1:00pm

Never bite the hand that feeds queue

Ealing Report written by StephDucat

Second shift of the day and 3 goodgymers from the first shift stayed on and were joined by Jo who has come back after a while away from ESK due to work commitments. Quite day, but chaos as the customers were arguing about who was first in the queue!!!The atmosphere was tense and we thought that some customers were going to bite someone !! Calm down was the order shouted out to all and had to stay in queue and had to behave better than kids in a playground : order was restablished and normal service resumed. Jacquie moved to the clothing section, while Jo was serving quests food, Roberta become the librarian with her glasses and Steph Ducat was giving numbers out then shouting out numbers for the food parcel. Whats your number??!!!Steph was the bouncer for the day in the foyer and had to keep the guests in their queue.

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Fri 28th Jun at 11:00am

Havenโ€™t got a queue

Ealing Report written by StephDucat

Another week, another Friday Hub and another day with mystery in the air. Last week we struggled to get volunteers in general to the Hub, but today we were in force and 4 goodgymers joined the 1st shift of the day including a new comer Tam. Jacquie was back with Roberta and Steph. Steph Ducat donated a brand new food waste bin with a shinny ESK label and some paper cups for the tea station. Some regular volunteers were absent so meant that the 4 amigos were assigned different tasks on arrival. Jacquie was on tea station duties, whilst Tam and Roberta helped with the grocery bag section. Steph went to collect fresh towels locally for the showers, setting up the foyer and giving out numbers for the food parcels, whilst Roberta helped with the grocery bags, meat packing and the ending up setting the library section. The start was quite but people starting to queue early for the foot car, grocery bags and for the dining service.

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Sat 29th Jun at 10:13pm

Welcome to GoodGym Tam! Please visit Ealing again soon for some more GoodGymming!

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Fri 28th Jun at 1:00pm

Lunch & wellbeing service at Ealing Soup Kitchen ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅ˜

Help run drop-in service on a Friday where homeless can get free clothes and wellbeing services

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Roberta signed up to a community mission.

Sat 29th Jun at 10:00am

An exciting transformation in Southall! ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅ” June Community day at Western Road Urban Garden

Help create an accessible green space that will provide food, horticulture and leisure for the community

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Roberta
Roberta signed up to a community mission.

Fri 28th Jun at 3:00pm

Clean-up shift at Ealing Soup Kitchen ๐Ÿงฝ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿงผ

Help run drop-in service on a Friday where homeless can get free clothes and wellbeing services

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