For the next event, see the side column.
ALFI Seedy Saturday
Early in the year – usually February – we hold a ‘seed swap’.
This is now a popular and well-supported event when local people bring seeds saved from their own garden or allotment, or purchased seeds that are surplus to requirement – vegetables or flowers – to swap for others.
We also welcome visits from people who don’t have seed to swap, but are able to swap some for a small donation, which helps us cover the cost of the event.
Local garden centres help us to supplement the stock of seeds for swapping by giving us their spare packets, and national horticultural organisations supply us with heritage varieties for trial, experimentation and variety.
The idea is that few of us want to grow a whole packet’s worth of any crop, or even all the seed we’ve saved ourselves, and the un-swapped seed would be wasted: commercial seeds are expensive, and their production energy intensive , so we should be careful to maximise their potential; locally grown and saved seed will be adapted to our micro-climate, and can often given better results over the years than standardised varieties.
Check early in the year on this website for details of our annual seed swap, and see our seed-saving guide to see how you can save your own.
ALFI Seedling Swap
This has turned into the biggest, most lively event of our year, since its launch five years ago.
Each May we invite people to bring their excess seedlings and swap them for other, different seedlings. Dozens of people take part, some bringing several trays of fledgling plants. People are also invited to take away some of the seedlings for a donation.
Helpfully, there’s always someone from ALFI on hand with a bit of advice for the new grower, or to receive some from an old hand!
Check the website in the spring for details of our annual seedling swap or look at the local press for details.
ALFI in the summer
We join in with local events such as a Food Festival, St Lawrence Church Fete, Community Fair and are busy showing In Bloom judges our various sites when they visit in July. This is also when we hold our children’s competition. And our AGM is held in July.
ALFI in the autumn
We like to celebrate the end of the growing season and the most recent addition to our annual events is a Harvest Feast in October. We use our own, and other local produce, to make cakes, soup and bread for people to try for elevenses and lunch. Some of the recipes are in our recipe collection.