Thursday, 13 April 2017

Join us for an Introduction to growing Asparagus

Introduction to growing Asparagus

At Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2AY on 22 April 2017 1.30-3pm

You will learn about planting and looking after asparagus plants and plant an asparagus seed to take away. Suggested donation £3 per person.

Please wear shoes suitable for the garden. Places limited so please book via email:

Monday, 27 March 2017

Join us for our Community Food Gardens Talk

Community Food Gardens Talk

At Courtyard Café, Hatfield Rd, St Albans on Wednesday 5 April 10.30-11.30 am

Come and hear about the Incredible Edible garden in Dunstable and how you can soon get involved in St Albans. Food and Flowers to share, planted by the Community for the Community, enhancing the town centre and our lives. 
All Welcome – just £5 including coffee
Spaces are limited so to be sure you can join us, please email to book your place.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Join us for our 2017 Open Days

Wednesday 15th March, 2-5pm
Saturday 18th March, 2-5pm
Saturday 25th March, 2-5pm

FoodSmiles St Albans, Hammonds End Farm, Hammonds End Lane, off Redbourn Lane, Harpenden, AL5 2AY. When you enter the farmyard, turn left after the barn on the left and find us through the wooden gate. (Please drive very slowly in the farmyard area.)

Come along for a tour and to see what we do, or bring gardening gloves and get involved with the day's seasonal tasks, which will likely include sowing seeds for spring, planting out seedlings in a polytunnel, spreading manure and insulating the new compost bins. You'll also be welcome to ask questions about growing your own at home. 

Admission is free (though donations are welcome and will go towards helping us to expand).  
Tea will be provided, along with a selection of cakes made with vegetables! 

Strong shoes are essential as the ground can be uneven underfoot, and please bring gardening gloves if you'd like to join in with the work.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Monday, 30 January 2017

New land!

We're looking forward to a few new projects at FoodSmiles this year, and the first is already underway: we're pleased to be taking on a patch of additional land at the CDA (Community Development Agency) garden on Hixberry Lane, St Albans.

The CDA garden was created on land provided by Oaklands College, and funded by St Albans District Council and other local partners. It aims to increase access to, and understanding of, nature and the environment, to help people develop growing skills, and to help people with economic and social disadvantages, and it already has several plots in use by community groups, a shared orchard, and beehives installed and looked after by a local beekeeper.

FoodSmiles are taking on a space providing eight additional veg beds, and the team has already made great progress preparing them for spring. The veg grown here will be added to our harvest boxes each week, and we'll be using them to boost our winter harvests in particular. We'll also help with the orchard at the garden and benefit from some of the fruit – and we're hoping to grow some hops here too as part of local brewer Farr Brew's 'Hop Collective'!

We're really pleased to have a site in St Albans at last, closer to all our St Albans members – though we'll still need some of them to help work our larger site in Harpenden too! – and we're looking forward to working more here at the CDA garden.