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Saying au revoir to Magda …

You may have noticed that Magda has not been around this Spring after being a regular volunteer down on the raised beds and community area last year.


Magda has been in touch to say that she has returned to her native Poland for family reasons and will not be back around in the near future.  She asked me to pass on her thanks to all who helped her feel at home on Garthdee Field and said that working with us was one of the most positive experiences of her stay in Scotland.  Luckily, her plotting days are not over, as she will be helping out on her Grandma’s allotment at home.

Our thanks go to Magda for her efforts and our best wishes for the future and we hope we will see you back sometime, Magda.



Say hello to Priscilla …

Priscilla is our latest volunteer and is now a regular visitor on site.

Priscilla is from Nigeria and holds a Masters Degree in botany: she was keen to volunteer to gain hands on experience of growing.  You may have seen Priscilla and Ella, her one-year-old, helping out around the site.  Priscilla is a regular on Saturday mornings and comes along other days as she can manage.  Be sure to say hello next time you see her.

Grace Bales – our latest volunteer

We welcomed our latest volunteer site helper on site today.  Grace Bales, from the USA, is a student at the University of Aberdeen. She has an interest in organic growing and working outside and sought us out for an opportunity to get away for a while from the academic ‘bubble’ of the university – in Grace’s own words.  Judging by today’s efforts, Grace will be a real asset for us.

Grace’s first day could have gone a lot better.  We were all set to meet her on arrival, our best laid plans went wrong and we missed her completely.  Far from being phased, Grace took matters into her own hands and, with a little help from Dod on Plot 21, fixed herself up with a shovel and barrow and set about filling potholes for the rest of the afternoon.   I think this is what Americans call a, ‘can-do attitude!’  Luckily, Michael spotted her at work and headed over to lend a hand.

Grace will be on site on Wednesdays from about lunchtime.  She hopes to pick up gardening skills and is willing to help around the wider site or on plots.  If you see her about in the weeks ahead, please go over and say hello.

Volunteer Success

It was certainly hot going today, but Gordon (on the left) and Grant (on the right) helped Stuart and I make great progress clearing the dumped materials and tidying up the wood chips at the top of the site. Thanks go to both for a job well done


A very special Community Sunday

Today’s Community Sunday saw our best ever turnout with plotters, volunteers and friends from the Macmillan and RGU plots all well represented.  As a result we got a bucketload of tasks done on the wider site.

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Sincere thanks to everyone who made it along and turned in such a wonderful team effort and to the bakers for the affa fine cakes.  Gold medals all round!

Meet Magda our new volunteer

We continue to attract volunteer helpers on the GFAA site.  The latest is Magda Borek.

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Magda learned her gardening first in her native Poland, working alongside her Grandmother.  She will offer any help she can around our site, but will be pleased to hear from any plotter needing a hand to look after their plot.  In the meantime Madga will be helping out with site maintenance, working a patch on Plot 81 and a vacant raised bed down by the Orchard.  I am sure we will all offer her a big welcome to GFAA.

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