Boris Johnson and Seb Coe were at the Sutton Community Farm on Thursday. They were there to promote the Big Dig Volunteering weekend on Saturday 17th March. The farm is London’s only community farm and one of the biggest food spaces in the capital.

The farm is a successful social enterprise selling its produce to local people and giving local volunteers – 400 so far – the opportunity to gain growing skills. Boris particularly stressed the importance of getting young people interested in growing.

As a member of the Real Bread Campaign I bake bread each week to be included in the farm’s Vegetable Bags. Knowing that there were two important guests coming along I made an extra couple of loaves which I was able to give personally to Seb and Boris.

The Sticky Mitts & Wallington High School for Girls Community Kitchen runs every Saturday morning. So, on the 17th March, we shall be making picnic food and taking this along to the farm for lunch. We can then help with the Big Dig in the afternoon.

If you would like to buy fresh local vegetables and handmade, slowly fermented, additive-free bread visit www.suttoncommunityfarm.org

Today we made another version of a chicken pie using chicken breast, fresh tarragon, shallots and puff pastry. Will, Jenny and Jess made the whole dish with virtually no help which was fantastic. They are also getting really good at clearing away. They wrote up their evaluations for the Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Course.

The youngest member of our group, Hugh, is really getting into the bread making. He has a real feel for it and made a lovely walnut loaf.
We were recently approached by a film company asking if any of our students aged 9-12 years would like to take part in a Junior Bake-Off production. Hugh is going to enter and demonstrate his new found bread skills!

No many photos this week – it was busy and I just forgot!

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