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Last Sunday we hosted our annual DagenJAM event where we led workshops in planting, growing and cooking and served up cream teas showcasing our DagenJAM preserves grown and made at our Dagenham Farm by our wonderful trainees.
This year it was held at our new venue the Old Bowling Green Pavilion, which is next door to the farm. This coincides with the launch of our Recipe for Life project funded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
We're giving the Old Bowling Green Pavilion a big make-over, turning this neglected and vandalised space into a welcoming place for pop-up food and growing events for older people and local families. The grounds will be planted up with an apple and cherry orchard, strawberries, herbs and flowers – starting this November.
The Pavilion will be a great addition to our Dagenham Farm, which already produces over 5 tonnes of organic fruit and vegetables every year as well as working with hundreds of local school children, training local residents in food production and food growing and hosting weekly volunteer lunches via the Big Lottery funded Grown in Dagenham project.
Watch this space for developments. And remember, the farm is open every Sunday for the incurably curious to come look around, buy plants, produce and jams.