Weekly Meeting

Thu 15th February 2018 at 19.00 - 21.00

Foodshare - Growing to Give - Penney Poyzer

With the aid of an improvised screen Penny gave members a very interesting and informative presentation on the formation and current activities of Foodshare - growing to give. She also presented us with many surprising facts such as Nottingham having the lowest disposable income per family in the country.

We found out that Foodshare started in Suffolk and is a network of educational food growing spaces in schools and universities which teach young people how to grow food with confidence using climate friendly techniques through a structured training programme. A proportion of the produce is donated to partners including refugee support organisations including the Friary Drop In Centre and hostels for the homeless. The rest can be used in school kitchens, sold at low cost to teach enterprise skills or taken home by university students to supplement their diet with fresh vegetables.

Penny is also one of the UK’s leading female environmentalists. She has authored two books and is a regular contributor to radio stations as an expert on a range of environmental topics. Penny and her husband Gil Schalom, an architect specialising in ultra efficient design are pioneers of the green retrofit industry having radically transformed their Victorian home into an energy efficient ecohome which also has the lowest water use in the UK and Penny has offered to come back and tell the club about it.