Open days at The Herbary, Wiltshire

Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018, 11-5pm.

They will be able to answer questions about their system of stockfree organic growing. Organic seed for sale – Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers. See

The Herbary, 161 Chapel Street, Horningsham, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7LU.


New UK veganic gardening book – The Vegan Cook and Gardener

Published in April 2018 and available at reduced price (£15.95 instead of the published price of £19.95) from our online shop since we are keen to promote veganic gardening books.

Heather Foster wrote this review in VON’s Growing Green International magazine Winter/Spring 2018. Heather is a keen amateur gardener, campaigner against food waste and runs/owns the green kitchen vegan cafe in St Albans UK.

So much information and so many delicious recipes. I was delighted to be asked to review this new book covering two of my passions.

My first impressions were the beautiful photos and copious amounts of information. It is an ideal gift for any gardener, or cook, particularly those starting out on their botanical adventure. For someone new to growing food or veganism, or indeed both, it is easy to read and is straight forward in its approach.

The information is very comprehensive; how to grow crops, dealing with problems, why veganism is good for our health and for the environment. There is advice on good garden husbandry and it all feels achievable. I really like the advice month­to­month as to what jobs can, or should, be achieved; what to sow when, and other tasks that need to be done.

There is lots of information on ingredients of all types – those you can grow and other more exotic items to add to your cooking. I really like the section on herbs and salads, some of my favourite foods and a far cry from iceberg lettuce and tasteless tomatoes. I found it really helpful that recipes include storage notes, such as freezing/bottling as I am an active advocate for preventing food waste.

The recipes use everyday ingredients, nothing complicated, based on the seasonal vegetables and fruits from your plot, just good, simple ways to show off their colours and flavours.

It’s made me re­think some of my cafe dishes and given me great ideas to use vegetables in a different way (parsnip hash browns for example).

The recipes use everyday ingredients, nothing complicated, based on the seasonal vegetables and fruits from your plot, just good, simple ways to show off their colours and flavours. It’s made me re­think some of my cafe dishes and given me great ideas to use vegetables in a different way (parsnip hash browns for example).

I love that it is bang up to date, with information about vegan advocates, events and resources to find out more about veganism; whether you’ve followed a plant based diet for many years or have just started a new way of life.

It’s a stunning book and I can imagine will appeal to everyone with an interest in how to grow food and then how to turn it in to delicious dishes. I have had many gardening books over the years, but I’d happily replace them all with this one.


The Herbal Path Course 2018

5 – 13 May 2018. Apprenticeship in Healing Herbs and Medicine Music. Melilotus Herb Farm, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.


Courses by Feed Avalon

Feed Avalon is a social enterprise dedicated to developing food systems that are socially and economically empowering in order to build food resilience in Glastonbury, Street and the surrounding areas in the UK.

Here’s a summary of their up-coming courses. For full details, see

Grow your own Garden! – course starting 23 February 2018

A 6 week, FREE introduction to food growing course is starting 23rd February! The sessions will be held at the Red Brick Building Community Garden in the polytunnel (BA6 9FT). Learn all about soil, garden planning and maximising space usage, seed sowing and propagation, and more. Folks are very welcome to show up for sessions; however, booking is useful to help prepare.

Improving Soil Health – 28 February 2018

Free one-day course, Learn all about soil – the basis of successful growing – from experienced tutor Niels Corfield.

Practical Composting – 8 March 2018

Free one-day course – with Nicky Scott.

Plant Nursery – 7 and 28 March 2018 (postponed from January)

With Niels Corfield, to equip you with everything you need to start a new viable plant nurser.

Wild Food Foraging for Mental Health – 29 March 2018

Due to overwhelming demand, they’ve added a second run of this free one day course. A day with Tim Lawrence exploring the hedges and edges for wild plants that we can eat for food and health.

Polytunnel Growing – 18 April 2018

With market gardener Robert Macbeth.


Events report Manchester 2017

The rise and rise of Vegan Events in Manchester continues to grow.

April 1st was not a joke with 4000 people attending the Vegan Festival at Manchester Central; where VON had over 200 people signing our online petition.

With the growth of VON’s Manchester Vegan Fair over the past three years we decided to move to a new bigger venue Oswald Rd Primary School.

About ten days before the event we went into the school and gave workshops to the nine and ten-year olds.The workshops included; information about local vegan organic farms; the effects of animal agriculture, smoothie and energy ball making;  creating signs and bunting for the vegan fair; willow weaving; rides in the rickshaw and circus skills.

We had a great response from the children and raised awareness about the connection to rainforest destruction and eating animals, and highlighted vegan celebrities and sports people. We made the activities fun for the children and encouraged debate about eating animals and showed how being vegan is good for your health and the health of the planet.

Come the day of our event the omens were not looking good; the weather forecast predicted thunder and lightning, trains and metro link had been cancelled and there was a huge event in Manchester to mourn the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Despite all predictions the sun graced our event all day apart from a 20-minute shower. People showed up in their masses and we had some great feedback about the event and the new venue.

The VON stall teamed up with local Stockfree growers: Kindling Trust and Debdale Eco Centre under the same marquee. Visitors were able to learn more about Stockfree growing and buy books, plants and take away free information.

Many thanks to all the volunteers; delivering school workshops, putting up gazebos, picking up litter, directing and helping stall holders, taking money at the gate, making tea and coffee etc.

Please let me know if you would like to help out at any of our up and coming events:email Dan 

Envirolution Platt Fields 2nd June

VON were pleased to help out at the Envirolution event at Platt Fields park with the loan of a couple of our gazebos.

Please let us know if you would like to organize an event (big or small) in your area and help spread the VON message.

One Tribe Festival 3rd-8th August

We have been invited to One Tribe Event (all vegan) 3rd– 8th August, let us know if you would like to help out or join us at the event.