The Museum Allotment

I spent some time this afternoon with the volunteers and Rachel at the Museum allotment.

Figure 1: The museum allotment

We were cleaning and tidying the allotment in anticipation for this Saturday’s ‘Big Saturday’ at the Museum based around the theme of minibeasts.

The allotment started in 2011; and thanks to the help and enthusiasm of museum staff and volunteers, it’s never looked in better shape!  Everything is looking green and fresh and definitely good enough to eat; which is a good thing as one of the events on Saturday is the ‘Love Food Festival’.  The Love Food Festival aims to encourage people in Manchester to eat more sustainable and fresher foods by supporting local growers, learning how to grow your own food, and learning how to cook delicious healthy recipes that won’t break the bank.  The evnt is run by the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University Students Union, the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, the Museum, Fareshare, and Cracking Good Food.  In fact, Jesper Lauder, in association with Cracking Good Food will be leading a forage around the university looking for edible treats!

Figure 2: the allotment shed has lots of useful info about all things allotmenty!

So if you’re able to come down to the Museum on Saturday then you’re certainly in for a big surprise (and lots of tasty things to eat!)

Figure 3: The allotment has a wormery (which you can just see!) and a 'bug hotel' for housing insects!

Figure 4: The young archaeologists at the museum are creating a twenty-first century midden (by way of allotment waste!)

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I will be writing a blog about the next twelve months spent as a trainee biological curator based at Manchester Museum.
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