Frome Selwood Horticultural Society discovers journey of food from plat to plate
Food for thought was provided in the first two meetings of the gardening year for members of Frome Selwood Horticultural Society.
Sue Applegate, of Martock spoke on her work with NVQ and HND students in her talk entitled, From Plant to Plate.
Mrs Applegate's quest in her talk was to identify where on the UK map fruit and vegetables are produced to feed the nation.
She did not shy away from the methods used to enable non-seasonal or native crops to be grown.
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Asparagus, she anticipated, would be the first commercial crop to be harvested on about St George's Day, April 23, while supermarkets are favouring importing apples as taste buds desire sweeter varieties.
Trends come and go. Plums were unfashionable but foggle hops were being replanted in Kent. Even animal husbandry was touched on with reflections on breeding, feeding and production.
At the February annual meeting, healthy reports were given of membership numbers, show entries, plant sale receipts and the quality of speakers in the past year that have ranged from bird life and nature to Digging for Victory.
The dreadful weather had played a large role in the productivity of farmers in 2012, a theme that did not go unrecorded when, for the first time in more than 25 years, the society was unable to display at the Cheese Show.
The hard work of all the committee was noted by president Pam Secker, who made particular mention of Mary Kelley and Ray Carver who had received Royal Horticultural Society long service awards.
Chairman Richard Robinson thanked Ken Cook for his long service and noted two new members on committee to replace him. The committee was reelected en bloc and welcomed new members Marilyn Vernon and Denise Bull.