The Land Army needs volunteers! Manchester’s Land Army are taking a minibus out to the Moss Brook Growers site (in Glazebury) for the next three Wednesdays, with a mission to rescue the asparagus before winter!
So we are looking for people for these dates:
Wednesday 7th November
Wednesday 14th November
Wednesday 21st November
A few practicalities:
a) We meet at 9 a.m in Hulme (M15 5RF) and drop you back there by 5.00
b) We will provide lunch and hot drinks but please bring drinking water and if you like a lot of tea please bring a flask with
you as there are no kitchen facilities at this site.
c) Please wear sturdy boots/shoes or wellies (we have a few pairs of wellies that we can lend people, but ask soon as we don’t have all sizes)
d) Please bring rain wear and clothes you are happy to get dirty.
e) The trips out to the farm are quite physical work, and we basically do whatever it is that the farmer needs help with. However we do look after you and make sure you get enough breaks, and it’s a great satisfying experience with a really interesting bunch of people (like you!) – and you get to meet the people who grow your food (the farmers we work with supply Manchester University)
So, please get in touch – we’d love to have you a long – it’s a great experience. Please email that back to me with the dates you want to come along.
Many thanks, I look forward to hearing from you,
The Land Army was set up by the Kindling Trust in response to the needs of local organic farmers for help in the fields at the busiest times of year, for the big jobs – and because people like you wanted a chance to help and to get your hands dirty. As we know, farmers are at the bottom of the ladder in our food system – they work long, hard hours, and barely make a living (though we are trying to change that here in Manchester so don’t let that put you off growing!). We take volunteers out to organic farms – the farmers get the help they need, and our volunteers learn about food production, and have a great day outdoors!
PS MCFly co-editor Marc Hudson has been out on a day to Moss Brook with the Land Army . It was great! Now, if only my co-volunteer would return the copy of the Andrei Makine book that she borrowed!
PPS The Princess Leia/asparagus substitution is a) very juvenile and b) very obscure and c) useful for learning new tricks on GIMP (image editing software)