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Welcome to the Downing College Horticultural Society

We are a friendly group of people who enjoy growing fruit and vegetables and enjoy eating them even more. Started in 2010 by a small group of postgraduate students as an environmental enterprise, the society has since evolved into a completely independent entity separate from the MCR.

We have a plot of land inside Downing College (which is getting bigger every year) where we grow vegetables and fruit. Once they are grown we harvest our crops and turn them all into delicious meals which we cook and enjoy together along with some great desserts and plenty of alcohol. With careful planning and crop rotations we can get three or four different harvests a year and part of the fun is planning which crops to grow and when in the year to do so. We love to be ambitious and try for new crops so in the past we have grown the standard tomatoes, carrots, beans peas and onions as well as some more exotic foods such as leeks, courgettes, garlic, aubergines and even a pumpkin or two.

There is lots of work to be done throughout the year: Any new land we get needs to be dug and de-weeded, we spend lots of time discussing what to grow and when to ensure that we get the maximum number of crops and some great tasting vegetables, the garden needs to be watered and de-weeded and, of course, all the vegetables need to be eaten. Some of the seeds need to be germinated indoors before we plant them so we also need people to look after and water some young plants for a few weeks occasionally. We also have lots of other fun social events all the way through the year.

If you are interested or would like to get involved please contact either Jeremy Sakstein (jas246'at'cam.ac.uk) or Pablo Aran Terol (pa313'at'cam.ac.uk).

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