Our virtual meeting space was set up at the end of May and we have hosted a number of different events, from keeping active, getting creative and family events to help keep people connections and improve mental wellbeing.
We have hosted different events to promote and support increased growing, production and access to local food in Lochalsh. A number of our food and growing events have been recorded to increase the reach and also allow people to watch back if they were unable to attend.
We would like to thank all of our hosts of giving their time to the events and we hope you enjoy watching them back.
Nicholas Kelly from Broadford and Strath Community Company takes us for a virtual tour of the Growers' Hub site, showing us their multiple polytunnels and giving tips for planning a polytunnel. He explains what they do on site for windbreaks, hotbins/composting and shows us their natural water source. The event has been hosted through Lochalsh Community Response in connection with Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust.
Phil Knott returns to lead this session on growing native trees and hedging plants at home. He takes us through seed collection, storage, stratification, germination of seed and propagating cuttings to plant out.
This event focused on foraging in a coastal setting introducing us to a selection of common and slightly less common edible delights. She then combines them with some items grown in the polytunnel to create a summer salad.
Local naturalist, Phil Knott takes us through a celebration of the wildlife in and around our gardens, giving tips about how to manage gardens and outside spaces to best help local flora and fauna. He includes making a wildflower lawn, building a pond, choosing and siting bird feeders and boxes and making homes for insects.
Robin shows us around her own plot and demonstrates how to make use of difference growing areas and ways of planting seeds, showing us how to make natural fertilisers and shares some of her top tips.
Jake and Kate talk us through the basics of growing your own vegetables covering setting up a plot using the no dig method, the beauty of composting and methods of sowing and planting with minimal plastic use.
Verity takes us through a virtual foraging session covering the seaweed pepper dulse, wild garlic, nettles, and wood sorrel to name a few. She then pulls it all together into a fish dish