To the sound of the nearby construction site for Building 2, members of the Sustainability Team have been busy with other important work.
Our brand new St Thomas Ale was launched today at Canterbury’s food and drink festival.
As many of you may already know, as part of the Beer, Bread and Honey project, we came up with our University’s own ale, in partnership with the Foundry Brew Pub. The name of the ale is Green Chapel and it is made with hops grown on the Canterbury campus.
On the 19th May we had another Bring and Bake event which went even better than last time. After another layer of clay was added to the oven, we were ready to bake not just bread, but also pizza! In case you missed the event, have a look at these recipes:
On April the 27th, the earth oven was dry enough to be filled with wood and lit for the first time, an exciting day for everyone involved.
In taught history at school, we learn about world-changing events such as the industrial and agrarian revolutions or the impact of the world wars, but not much mention is made of beer, hardly surprising considering the general age range of high school students, but in actual fact, brewery is a skill that is far older than any of those things we learn about today by several hundred years. It is even older than the Kingdom of England itself, whose inhabitants were brewing up as early as 600AD!
On the 9th of March, a group of fantastic volunteers joined the Edible Campus team at the Forest Garden to build a bread oven. This was part of the ‘Beer, Bread and Honey’ project; the beer, Green Chapel Ale, has been bottled, and the bees are busy working away in their hive, so the oven had been eagerly awaited.
A few words of note about the humble bee.
Bees are one of the greatest and most prolific pollinators in the world. There are over 20 separate species of bees and together they are responsible for the pollination of roughly 30% of the world’s crop plants. It is safe to say that without their diligent effort, there would be a lot less food to go around!
Green Chapel Ale is new this year and is the start of something amazing! It represents the culmination of a collaborative effort and everyone involved has pulling in the same direction to do something unique and special.
After some away time while our new Student Green Office got set up (with their own blog and social media channels) we’re now all coming back together into one great blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed.