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Help Out & Have Fun
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Autumn has arrived and it is time to celebrate the fruits of our labour. Merton's Growing Gardens Community Project are hard at work preparing for their Harvest Festival, which will be on the 28th September at Deen City Farm.

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After planting the seeds, the crops are now ripe and ready to be picked. Last week, volunteers dug up all the potatoes, and next week it will be time for the fruit and vegetables.

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The allotment is full of different plants, including rhubarb, raspberries, grapes, lettuce, sorrel, sage, and more. If you fancy getting your hands dirty and giving a hand, you can contact Ben, the Growing Gardens volunteer coordinator by calling 020 8545 2171.

tomato chutney, preserves
Homemade Preserves


There are other ways to get involved as well. As part of the Harvest Festival, they are collecting food donations for the Wimbledon Foodbank. Each week the Trust provide at least three days worth of non-perishable goods for families in crisis, and all the food is donated by the local community. They are looking for things like tinned fruit, tinned soup, tinned puddings, jam, cereal, sugar, tea bags, coffee, etc. If you have anything to spare, you can pop into the farm shop to hand it in. The other day, I took over a jar of tomato chutney, which they were very appreciative of.

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Tomato Plants


The farm will also be doing their bit to help out; once the tomatoes are picked, they'll be making soup in cafe kitchen. For the festival itself, they are also looking for enthusiastic bakers to put on their aprons and make delicious cakes and biscuits to sell on the stalls. Just take them over in the morning so things are ready for the day.

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The Harvest Festival will be between 11am-4pm. Any vegetables not used for cooking will either be sold as fresh produce or used in a game of vegetable hoopla; throw a ring round the veg and its yours. There will also be other fun activities throughout the day, such as film screenings, music, crafts, competitions, massages, talks, and demonstrations.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 28th Sept, 11am-4pm
Phone: 020 8543 5300
Where: Deen City Farm
Cost: Free entry
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