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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
East End parish celebrates anniversary of unique kitchen gardening project
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¬†This month marks the second anniversary of the CAFOD Kitchen Garden Project, a unique scheme based at St Patrick's Church, Wapping, in London's East End, which allows Tower Hamlets residents to enjoy fantastic local organic produce, and at the same time raise funds for the developing world. The scheme was first launched in 2005, when a small group of parishioners were given the opportunity by parish priest Father Digby Samuels to transform a patch of derelict land which belonged to St Patrick's Church. The volunteer group worked through the winter to clear the plot, remove rubbish, mark out vegetable beds and set about growing their own produce. The volunteers' enthusiasm prevailed despite the cold winters and the group having little or no experience, with an impressive crop of vegetable produced each season. This once neglected plot of land now provides the local community with a great range of organic produce, on sale each Sunday after 10am Mass, and reflects also the strong desire in the parish community to do something tangible and practical to help people in the developing world. The continued success of the Kitchen Garden Project would not be possible without the fantastic generosity of local parishioners and supporters. The funds raised to help CAFOD in its essential overseas work have increased have increased year on year, with over £1,000 generated in year one, and already £800 raised since the season began in June this year. The dual focus of the project; selling quality local produce and raising funds for CAFOD's essential overseas work is summed up by the motto adopted by the volunteers: 'Buy local, but thing global!' Lance Lawlor Smith, a member of the volunteers force is looking forward to the season ahead. He said: "The autumn is here and the summer produce is coming to an end, with winter vegetables already develop[ping. Apples are to be a new addition this year, and aubergines, peppers, chilli leaves and rocket are still growing in the vegetable garden: the time of 'mellow fruitfulness' is certainly here!" Sales at the CAFOD Kitchen Garden take place every Sunday at St Patrick's Church, Wapping at 11am. St Patrick's Kitchen Garden Project would love to hear from similar projects, or to give advice to anyone wishing to start their own. For more information please e-mail: stpatrickskitchengarden@fastmail.co.uk
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