In this issue: Get Growing Trail 2013 · Sowing and swapping seeds for healthy community · Golden Hill update · Land-based learning at The Community Farm · How I became the indie shopper · The Severn Project · Gloucester Road WI ·The innovative commercial food waste service – an update on Stokes Croft and beyond · News from the Food Policy Council · Local food and planning policy · Botanical stowaways emerge in Bristol harbor · Celebrating school food success · Going to market · Capital Growth: in Bristol? · Brighton and Hove Food Partnership · Slug it out! · Events · Events at Yeo Valley Organic Garden · Courses and training · Courses and Conferences · Publications · Odds & ends · Regular things

While my not-very-green fingers are itching to get sowing, the soil (and my digits) are still far too cold. It’s time instead to pick up something unexpected at a seed swap, and to formulate this year’s battle plan for taking on the pests. For now, we can picture the perfect growing season stretching ahead – the badgers will eat the slugs instead of the whole sweetcorn harvest, and the rains will swell the fruits rather than wash away the seeds. Good luck growers!

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