Newsletter Spring 2023

Spring Newsletter

Welcome to soon to become Midsummer! The Community Garden has beans appearing and kale looking abundant, the orchards have lost their blossom and have gained apples, we have the smell of elderflower in tea and groups are out exploring the land. 

organicARTS is a busy place and in this newsletter we give you some updates on our activities and some announcements as both the AGM and the Barn Dance are coming up. We warmly welcome you to both.
An afternoon Tea with organicARTS!

Are you interested in volunteering with us ?
Many wonderful opportunities including trusteeship here with organicARTS!

Do come meet the team and explore the site.

3.30pm-4.30pm Wednesday 21st June 2023

Followed by our AGM at 4.30PM for all staff, trustees, friends and associates
Join us for an evening full of food, drink, dance, and music with Red Shed ceilidh band. All proceeds go towards our charitable projects, such as the running of community events, our community garden group project, and the upkeep of our site for all to enjoy.6:00 Barn and Bar open. Food served. Fireside stories and creativity in the Community Garden7:30 Barn Dance starts11:00 Events closes Book your tickets online here 
Please contact us directly if you would like to come but would find it hard to pay the full price.Parking onsite is available, follow the attendants on the night. Children under 3 go free. The ticket price includes a meal of veggie chili, rice and salads. There will be a bar serving hot, cold, alcoholic and soft drinks.
Please contact with any questions or accessibility needs, all are welcome. We look forward to dancing with you all again!

About the poster : we’ve brought back an image from the past created by our friend Steve. If you’ve been to the barn dance before you may well remember it.
Despite the extremely wet spring so far we have done really well in the garden. Volunteers have mulched paths, planted seedlings in the polytunnel and seeds in the beds. Potatoes, asparagus, beets, peas and broad beans are growing beautifully and we have had no rabbit damage since the new fence was installed.
As planned at the beginning of the year we are growing a range of wildflowers in two of our beds, as a way to create more wildlife friendly space (and see more butterflies and insects around) while at the same time reducing the amount of beds requiring more intense management. Both beds have been seeded and plants have started to germinate.
We have made and installed Ollas (self watering pots) in the polytunnel and we are hoping it will help with avoiding the beds drying out. We have just planted tomatoes donated by Exeter Seed Bank in the polytunnel, with a plan to save some seeds and donate them back to the bank, as well as bringing some fruits to the tomato festival in September. 

Report by Julie and Lou
We like exploring with all kinds of groups blending creativity, seasonal food and walking the farm. 

These pictures are from our recent walk with the Pelican Project where we went into the bluebell woods, made drawings with pastels on tree bark and had a nice refreshing pot of nettle and mint tea. 

We are in the middle of the season for barbequing broad beans and making elderflower tea and watching the apples grow 🙂 This is exciting for groups who are planning to return in the autumn to press the apples!

Our exploring and creating sessions are available to all schools and community groups. Do get in touch with Kevin to find out more.

Report by Kevin
organicARTS is aways a creative place. The images above are from a sculpture workshop at an awayday with Pete, a leaf inspired tile workshop with Lucy, dyed bundles from The Makers flea market stall and sited pastel on bark from an bluebell walk with the Pelican Project.
May has been a busy month finishing garden signs in ceramics, completing products and labels for the Fore Street Flea market and embarking on a new repeat pattern lino print project, which will lead to screen printing techniques and patterned fabric products. We also welcomed Megan to the group on 18th May, which has been a wonderful refresher for the group dynamic. 

Makers’ members Carol, Sarah, Teresa, Christine, Marianne and Nora attended the Fore Street Flea market, which went well. We are now looking to book on to a summer market and are working towards an autumn exhibition, whilst developing the rest of our summer creative program.

Report by Sophie