Over 100 people came to celebrate on Sunday 11th at Landsown Hall, Stroud, with a bring and share meal. Rob and Jehanne Mehta welcomed everyone with some harvest songs, and Jehanne told her moving Albion poem. The land is still going through conveyancing to the Biodynamic Land Trust. Gabriel Kaye of the BDLT updated us with fund raising, and that we still need to raise around £50,000, but we will!
Sam Hardiman of Stroud Community Agriculture, Claire (Starter Farms), Kate Broad (goat micro diary) and Jeannie Ireland (education, training, therapy) outlined their plans, which were warmly applauded.
Isis Brook introduced her 15th November Meeting and Understanding Land Day Workshop, and Flora of Soil Sisters mentioned the 6th December Soil Saturday at Hawkwood, which would include the Hammonds land. Potential land users and stakeholders will be invited to participate in two farm permaculture design workshops led by farmer Marina O Connell, on January 30/31 and March 5/6 2016, and an initiative working group will be formed on November 5th.
Jade Bashford said, ‘We need land to which we can belong, and here we are!’ A new person to the area said that, ‘the evening and the community buy out was like going to heaven.’ But now the work!