Latest news from Big Barn and our producers.

Petition to ban pesticides in gardens and public parks.

I have signed the petition because I know that we do not need pesticides to grow food. And writing this blog because I want everyone to discover the natural alternatives to pesticides.

At BigBarn we want everyone, especially schools, to have a go at growing food and in the process learn about growing produce the nature friendly way, instead of demanding cheap unsustainable food from the supermarket.

For the last 20 years our mission has been to build inclusive communities around food with schools and farmers at the centre. An enlightened society where everyone makes better food buying choices and are empowered and enthused to cook affordable, healthy meals using fresh, wildlife friendly, local ingredients.

To see our BBC video about food growing in schools click here

our youngsters must learn about food growing

We also want to protect our bees, previous blog from 2013 here.

Many people argue that we need pesticides to feed the world when growing food on a large scale. Others say, look at the contribution to global warming and the damage to wildlife diversity of industrial farming compared to organic mixed farming.

The petition is on the Government Website and has been put together by Professor Dave Goulson who is probably the UK’s foremost expert on insect declines and in particular bee populations. I would encourage you all to sign it here and pass it on to your friends and family. Remember the Gov web site requires that you respond to an email from them in order for your signature to be counted.

joining your local Wildlife trust?

This petition was sent to us by our local Wildlife Trust and hope they will help our food community building process?

Like many other websites we hope they will have our Local Food Map on their website to help more people reconnect with local producers and join our Crop for the Shop initiative

We would like to promote each regional Wildlife trusts with icons on our map linking to their websites.

This will help our 5,000 visitors per day find out more about their local wildlife, and get involved.

For more on your Local Wildlife Trust click here to add our local food map to your website click here or please pass this link on to any foody/environmental website you know.