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Growing Communities, a Hackney-based social enterprise has won the Veg and Fruit Category at the Soil Association Organic Food awards. Food is grown in a 'patchwork farm' - a series of microsites around London, of which The Castle is one of the first.

The Castle Cafe is taking part in Urban Food Fortnight (14-29 September), an Ethical Eats and Capital Growth initiative to showcase local produce grown, produced and cooked right here in London.

We will be launching our own-brand herbal tea blends and featuring garden only dishes cooked by our chef Carolyn in The Castle Kitchen.

Want to relive the best moments of the Garden Party? Maybe you couldn't make it and want to see what the fuss is about... Ben Grubb's latest video captures the great vibe of the day. We also have a photo gallery of the event.

 

Camera: Ben Grubb and Christian Lund
Edited by Ben Grubb

www.bengrubb.co.uk

1st Place at the Hackney in Bloom Awards 2013!

We are pleased to announce that the Castle's permaculture garden has won Best Food Growing Project at the Hackney in Bloom 2013 Awards.
 

This category awards projects where food growing is the main focus. Judges look for quality of produce, sustainable practices and examples of innovation. The project must also be visible to the public.
 

Friday 26th July

Mosonmagyaróvár- Budapest:  Distance: 175km

Hello all,

So we made it! We have spent a couple of days partying in Ozd, where Zoltan is from. I am now back in Budapest for the night and taking the opportunity to finish off the blog before I fly home tomorrow.

Here's the story of our last day.

We woke up to rain, the first of the trip. It was only drizzling really but it was a welcome relief to the heat of the previous days.

Tuesday 23rd July

Linz – Krems: Distance: 170km

After the disastrous day we had yesterday we treated ourselves to a luxurious lie in until 7am this morning. I had to shoot off back to Linz to get my wonky wheel fixed whilst Zoltan took the time to chill a bit and chat with an Australian family who had been cycling for nine months with four kids. The Father was carrying three kids and packs weighing over 150kg, putting our own trip into perspective. Respect!

Monday 22nd July

Deggendorf – Linz: Distance: 167km

We’re calling this day Two Wobbly Wheels and One Flat Tyre

If you want to find out more about The Castle's journey to becoming a more sustainable business, you might want to look through our archived Sustainable Castle blog. This dates back to when we first embarked on the project in 2008. I've copied over all the entries from 2012 onwards, but some gems that haven't been transfered to this new blog (yet) are:

Friday 19th July

Weidersbrunn- Wurzburg: Distance: 60km

This day turned out to be a bit of a bummer (again), and seemingly the low point  of the trip.

My fantastic navigation this time took us up into another forest and this time we lost any sign of a trail. In the process my long suffering bike/ girlfriend for the trip (Geraldine) decided to break a spoke and bend a wheel. Limping into Wurzburg we wasted a lot of time getting the wheel trued.

Wednesday 17th July

Before we start writing today's entry we wanted to round up the lessons we've learnt so far. this is. Apart from the whole navigation thing, and forward planning when it comes to accommodation, we've learnt some other stuff that might have made the journey slightly easier so far:

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