Smallholders Online/Allotment Shed meets Royal Albert Hall

Mark mark at
Mon Jan 28 16:52:25 GMT 2008 Launches Free Online Exchange for Trading Home Grown Fruit
and Veg

CIRENCESTER, England--(Business Wire) offers free
online advertising ideal for small local fruit and vegetable growers.
Using Google Map with the vegetable grower's location, products and
contact details, Veg Exchange has created the means to allow consumers to
find locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Users can add their location pin to a map, the fruit or vegetables
they have to offer and a contact email address. Local consumers can
then make contact using the email address to buy or exchange their
home grown produce.

Who can use

There are two main groups of people expected to use
People growing fruit and vegetables that are looking to sell or exchange
their produce in the local area. This group includes farm shops, box
schemes and small commercial growers. It also includes amateur growers who
will be able to sell or trade any excess produce.

The second group are consumers looking to find their food locally. There
has been a surge in demand for locally grown food in the last few years.
This group is typically environmentally conscious and looking for quality
produce grown in conditions they can see for themselves.

"People are becoming more concerned about where their food comes
from, how it is produced and the environmental costs of production. We
want to help people find fruit and vegetables locally," said
co-founder Mandy Leonhardt.

What does do?

The site uses Google Map to show where growers are based. The
growers login, add their pin to the map and add details of the fruit
and vegetables they have to offer. They can then be identified by
consumers in their local area who make contact by email. It is also
possible to upload pictures and descriptions of growing methods and
conditions used.

The usage of Google Map means that can be used
anywhere in the world.

About is a new site launched in July 2007. It offers the
possibility to change the way we grow and consume food. With greater
emphasis on growing and finding food locally, huge savings in food
miles and our carbon foot prints can be made. encourages exchanging and trading local home grown food.
.For more information please visit
James Sharpe, +44-7951-170981

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Subject: Allotment Shed meets Royal Albert Hall
From:    Aireyworld at
Date:    Mon, January 28, 2008 8:24 am


Manor Garden Allotments, demolished in October 07 to make way for a
footpath in the Olympic Park continues to  inspire.

The Community Shed, once hub of the allotment community,  has been
reconstructed by M.A. student at the Royal College of Art,  Thomas Pausz,
using the memories and stories of plot holders.

The hut, built from reclaimed materials, will sit alongside the
prestigious Royal Albert Hall, outside the R C A on Kensington Gore.
Exhibition opens 6.30 - 9.30pm Monday  28th January

"This was Forever", a film by the Polkadotsonraindrops, the award winning
film education company, about the life on Manor Garden  Allotments will be

There will be discussions about the future of Manor Gardening  Society,
currently temporarily located on a piece of open public land  near Leyton.
For the remaining five years until after the Olympic Games  allotmenters
are expected to garden on the new plots developed at a cost of £1.5
million. Unfortunately, possibly due to faulty  construction, the plots
are frequently flooded making  even the planting of trees brought from the
original site impossible (photos  available) The community is in even
greater danger of fragmenting as frustrated plot holders wanting to make a
start on the new growing season find  the ground unworkable.

Olympic Authorities have make promises to re-house Manor Garden Allotments
in the Legacy park after the games, but confidence in  the quality of the
provision wanes.

The shed reconstruction offers a focal point, an opportunity to think
about how effective what the community of plot  holders had created at
cost compares with the London  Development Agency and Olympic Delivery
Authority's vastly expansive yet  unworkable idea of community provision.

For further details on exhibition contact Thomas Pausz on 07957 374463
For more on Manor Garden Allotments see

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