Posts tagged ‘apples’

November 12, 2013


It feels a bit like Christmas when you’re a kid – the anticipation builds up for what seems like forever, the day itself comes, is glorious, then passes in the blink of an eye; the harvest season is almost over and if you’ve been in the thick-of-it, like we at Grow Sheffield have then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Alas, its the time of year again when we say farewell to the harvest….but not without a mighty good send-off!

Around here we call that send off ABUNDANCE WEEK and its happening from November 22nd to December 1st (a bit longer than a week in fact…). There’ll be all kinds of frolicking and frivolity to be had from artful-browsing to apple-chopping, from cider-making to ceilidh-dancing!

You can keep up-to-date with whats going on by checking our events page between now and the end of December.

fruity laura

September 28, 2012

Harvest Pics









February 23, 2012

Abundance Grafting Workshops

After the success of the last 2 year’s sessions and after selling/giving away most of our baby trees to various individuals/community groups we will once again be practising and passing on the distinctive skills of fruit tree grafting to anyone who’s interested. We have already been beavering away in our little underground grafting club experimenting with Cherry, Mulberry and Plum trees.
We will be running apple and pear grafting workshops on 2 weekends during March:
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th: HangingWater Allotment Site (weather permitting. map here.). 11am-4pm

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th: St Mary’s Community Centre (map here). 11am-4pm
Please note that the dates and venues are still only provisional.
Grafting is the most common way of propagating fruit trees. We graft in order to be sure of the quality and type of the fruit we get from the trees. In this session you will learn to graft your own apple or pear tree (your choice), and you can then take it home to look after. In the spring when the sap starts rising you will know if you’ve succeeded in grafting it!
Things to consider:
Food – Tea and coffee making facilities will be available. Please bring a packed lunch with you.
Clothing – We may well be outside all day so make sure you’re well wrapped up in case of a cold snap.
Money – The workshops will be free but donations to cover expenses for rootstocks etc are more than welcome.
Tools – We will have all the necessary tools but if you want to bring along your own secateurs/sharp knives they may well be useful.
Booking – If you’d like to come along to learn the art of grafting please get in touch with Daniele on 0114 2580784 or drop us an email at
We hope to see some of you there!
January 13, 2012

Abundance Immortalised

We’re proud to present a new video about Abundance made last year by one of our own volunteers and photographer extraordinaire Gemma Thorpe.

We think its great! Thanks to everyone who helped in its making.

To see more of Gemma’s work you can go to her website and for more of her videos visit her vimeo page here.

For those of you who attended our Autumn social you may recognise that this is an updated version of the one we projected on the night. Hope you like the changes.

October 6, 2011

Pressing at the Archer Project

Early this morning Abundancers headed down for a quick juicing session at the Cathedral Archer Project, a centre for homeless and vulnerable people of Sheffield. We set up at the same time the kitchen at the project was cooking breakfast, ensuring lots of people were around to enjoy the freshly pressed goodness for a healthy and tasty start to the day. There were lots of keen volunteers (so keen we managed to break one of the screws in half on the scratter) and we got a good couple of presses out of some Norfolk Park apples, with all the juice being gulped down there and then. Possibly our fastest juice session yet, we were on our way home by 10am. Job done!