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After quitting my job in investment banking in ’06, I studied for Herbal Medicine for four years at the University of East London. Since qualifying as a herbalist with a BSc (Hons) in 2011, I’ve built up a large dispensary, consisting mainly of tinctures and dried herbs, which I source wherever possible from organic-certified suppliers.

In 2009, when we embarked on our mission to reduce our environmental impact, the first thing we did was take stock and try to measure what our impact actually was. We used 2008 as our 'base year' from which we will measure our progress. Putting together the data for the report was a mammoth task involving digging up old invoices, researching methodologies, choosing conversion factors and trying to remember what the heck we'd done the previous year. That first report highlighted the key areas of impact and we developed our Sustainability Policy and Goals.

The Castle is looking for a chef who is passionate about sustainable vegetarian and vegan food and will be excited about working with our Café Manager and our garden team to produce great value, healthy food for hungry climbers! The position may be full time or part time shared with another chef depending on your availability and experience.
 
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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

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