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  • Bristol Workshops

    50 Ways To Cook has teamed up with Yuup to deliver 'Sustainable Food: Family Grow Your Own' workshops at Sparks Bristol. WHEN? 1:30pm on Saturday 24th February 2024 1:30pm on Saturday 23 March 2024 WHAT'S INVOLVED? Are you interested in learning about how we can all contribute towards a more sustainable future? These interactive workshops are the perfect afternoon for parents and children to come along and learn all about the magic of upcycling food 'waste' into compost. This is commonly referred to as a 'circular' food system which is explained in the diagram below and you can learn more about it here. Get hands-on with different composting methods suitable for small indoor spaces to large-scale. Create a perfect soil mix with my own blend of natural soil-enhancing ingredients, plant some seeds, and take them home to enjoy the freshest possible home-grown produce. These workshops are based on circular economy principles and will explain this in an easily digestible food system context. BOOK NOW

  • Spring Natural Grow Kit

    The first 50 Ways To Cook Natural Grow Kit of 2024 is here! This year I will be trialling seasonal kits. There will be four coming out this year for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter so you can comfortably manage all the kits without being overrun with plants. The Spring Natural Grow Kit will include seeds to grow your own: Czech Aubergines House Tomatoes American Wonder Peas Sunflower Shoots The kit also contains: 🪴 Recycled ocean plastic planters 🥥 Natural compost ⛽️ Alex's Natural Soil Enhancer 🏷 Wooden plant labels 📙 Step-by-step instructions 👨🏻‍🍳 Access to Alex's recipes ☎️ 50 Ways To Grow Community 🤠 10% off for you + a friend Add some wholesome and affordable therapy to your routine with no experience needed. Perfect for budding horticulturalists or as a wholesome gift for others. Buy now and join the 50 Ways to Cook Community today.

  • Sunflower Shoots - How to Grow Your Own

    What is it? Getting started Growing on Munch time Recipes How-to videos Sunflower shoots can be grown all year round. All they need to grow is water and somewhere reasonably warm. They'll be ready to harvest in a week or two. You can try to grow some sunflowers but they prefer to be grown like this earlier in the year. For microgreens, sow the seeds quite densely onto a damp paper towel on a plate or container. You could also use leftover coconut coir. Keep the seeds moist and soon you'll have your own crisp and tender sunflower shoots. They get tougher as they get older so snack on them regularly! Getting started Microgreens are simply the seedlings of leafy herbs and plants that we usually allow to grow to full size before harvesting. They're so tiny they can be grown all year round indoors and can be grown in just about anything from plates to yoghurt pots - so I haven't included anything in the kit to grow these in. This is your chance to improvise! It isn't the best time of year to try and grow actual sunflowers, but if you have any excess soil then you can give it a go! Growing on I would avoid succession planting these into the same container, and instead plant into a new container each time as there is no soil microbiology to protect your seedlings from any unwanted bacteria Munch time These will be ready to harvest from a few days after germination but you can leave them a little longer and harvest whenever you fancy. Recipes Coming soon 👀 How-to videos Coming soon 👀

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  • 50 Ways To Cook | Circular Food Education

    Click to complete a short survey and win a FREE Natural Grow Kit! Grow your own fresh food at home Order Now Easy to use kits designed for anyone to grow their own fruit, veg, and herbs at home. Perfect for small spaces such as a windowsill, balcony, or patio. The s pring grow kit contains... Czech Aubergines House Tomatoes American Wonder Peas Sunflower Shoots Are you a business looking for a food waste solution? Click below to find out more about the services we offer Learn more Welcome to 50 Wa ys to Cook Nourishing people and planet through sensory food education. Book 'Circular Food' workshops and buy the 'Natural Grow Kit' to help us transition to a sustainable and equitable food system. ​ Follow Us Click the soil to check out our Instagram. It contains everything you need to know to get started! Natural Grow Kits Click Alex to shop all of his natural growing products Book Workshops Click the tomato plant to get in touch if your organisation, school, or university is interested in growing, Lets Collaborate Click the farmers to get in touch if your council or organisation would like to collaborate on a project. Feb 15 1 min Bristol Workshops 50 Ways To Cook has teamed up with Yuup to deliver 'Sustainable Food: Family Grow Your Own' workshops at Sparks Bristol. Feb 13 1 min Spring Natural Grow Kit The first 50 Ways To Cook Natural Grow Kit of 2024 is here! This year I will be trialling seasonal kits. There will be four coming out... Feb 13 1 min Sunflower Shoots - How to Grow Your Own Sunflower shoots can be grown all year round. All they need to grow is water and somewhere reasonably warm. They'll be ready to harvest in a Feb 13 2 min American Wonder Peas - How to Grow Your Own American Wonder Peas are an unusually early variety of dwarf peas from the mid 1800's, growing to around 50cm tall, requiring very little su Feb 13 2 min House Tomatoes - How to Grow Your Own The house tomato is a compact bush variety of tomato from Russia that’s perfect for growing on your windowsill. Feb 13 2 min Czech Aubergines - How to Grow Your Own Selected for its tolerance of cool UK summers. Produces lots of round black fruit on sturdy bushes. Sep 22, 2023 1 min Kyoto Market Spring Onion What is it? Getting started Growing on Munch time Recipes How-to videos Wild onions grew throughout the world, and while on the hunt... Sep 22, 2023 2 min Tat Soi Pak Choi What is it? Getting started Growing on Munch time Recipes How-to videos This is an excellent choice if you have limited outdoor... 1 2 3 4 5 Subscribe to stay up to date with recipes and blog posts Thanks for subscribing! Subscribe Check this box to receive occasional marketing updates

  • Circular Food | 50 Ways To Cook

    Circular Food The current food system doesn’t work for everyone, and it certainly doesn’t work for the environment. Industrial farming has turned agriculture into a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution and is driving the extinction of species. ​ A circular food econom y will help people and planet to thrive. ​ Changing our food system to one based on the principles of the circular economy is one of the most powerful things we can do to tackle climate change and build biodiversity. We can achieve this and provide healthy, nutritious food for all. ​ ​ How will we do this? ​ ​ ​ 1. Run a national Circular Food campaign ​ The campaign will aim to inform people about what the term 'Circular Food' really means and why it matters. ​ Support the campaign by signing the petition here . ​ Download the Campaign Pack to find out how you can support it. ​ Tag @CircularFoodCampaign and use #CircularFoodCamaign on Instagram. ​ 2. Deliver engaging Circular Food workshops ​ These will help people like you to implement Circular principles into your lives ​ Come and join the conversation on Instagram ​

  • Mission | 50 Ways To Cook

    Mission Our current food system doesn't work for everyone... ​ Industrial farming has turned agriculture into a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution and is driving the extinction of species. 50 Ways To Cook i s on a mission to change this b y reconnecting you with where your food comes from and promoting Circular Food. What is Circular Food? A circular food system mimics natural systems, so 'waste' doesn't exist but instead feeds another cycle. For example, organic resources like food 'waste' are returned to the soil . Find out more about Circular Food here. Changing our food system to one based on the principles of the circular economy is one of the most powerful things we can do to tackle climate change and build biodiversity. We can achieve this and provide healthy, nutritious food for all.​ ​ How will we do this? ​​​ 1. Run a nation al Circul ar Food campaign ​ The campaign aims to familiarise us with Circular Food and why it matters. ​ You can support the campaign by signing the petition and reading the Campaign Pack. ​ Tag @CircularFoodCampaign and use #CircularFoodCamaign on Instagram. ​ 2. Deliver Circular Food workshops ​ If you live in Bristol, book here to learn how to implement circular principles in your life. ​ Come and join the conversation on Instagram. ​ 3. Transition toward a Circular Food System ​ Sustainability is the foundation of everything 50 Ways To Cook stands for. T he benefits of being in nature are invaluable. Society has become removed from nature, with 84% of the UK living in an urban area. We aim to bring nature and food production back into our towns and cities. Taking the time to unplug from our busy lives has so many benefits for our physical and men tal health. We learn to appreciate everything nature provides - oxygen for our breath, sun for our plants, plants for our food, and wood for our homes. ​ We must learn to have a reciprocal relationship with nature. We can't take everything nature provides without giving back, so we teach you how you can give back to nature. By choosing to grow food with 50 Ways To Cook, you will learn how to farm in harmony with nature. We don't use chemical fertilisers or pesticides as these damage the health of ourselves and our planet. ​ Alex advocates for a shift towards a circular economy. This means we must reframe 'waste' materials as objects with a purpose. Our kits (except the recycled ocean plastic planters - we're working on a solution) are 100% compostable and provide essential carbon for healthy and nutrient-rich compost. Alex is passionate about sharing knowledge to regenerate our natural world 🌱 How it started... Growing up, Alex has memories of his dad tending to the garden and his mum preparing meals for the family. This sparked his interest in cooking with the freshest ingredients possible. He spent much time in nature with friends and family. He values the reciprocal relationship we need to have with the land. Without it, we wouldn't be able to support ourselves. ​ Without realising it, most of his jobs involved food or nature. He studied for a BSc in Human & Physical Geography, followed by a placement as a Food Ambassador with Compass Group. He delivered food workshops in primary school, which reminded him how magical vegetables are. He has just finished an MSc in Sustainable Development and now aims to empower people to eat better and support nature by growing their own food. ​ After moving to Bristol, He completed a Chef course at Square Food Foundation. This improved his cooking and involved him in the Bristol food scene since working as a chef at Windmill Hill City Farm. They use ingredients from their organic farm and focus on reducing food waste and eating less, better-quality meat. ​ Combining all these experiences has culminated in his mission to help transform our food systems. We must work to support our communities while working with nature.

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