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1872 – Garden Allotment Rules and Regulations – Sobriety and Godliness

The Allotment Movement in England, 1793-1873
By Jeremy Burchardt, 304 pages, 2002. Link to book here.

Lyddington Garden Allotments.
Rules and Regulations.
From The Times (Britain)
November 23, 1872

1. The land shall be cultivated by the spade only, and proper attention shall be paid to its cultivation.

2. No allotment, or any part thereof, shall be underlet or exchanged.

3. The rent shall be due on the 1st of September in each year, and shall be paid before the crop is taken off the ground.

4. All tenants shall maintain a character for morality and sobriety, and shall not frequent a publichouse on the Sabbath-day. All the tenants are earnestly requested to attend regularly at the House of God during the times of Divine service, with their families, to the best of their abilities.

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A documentary by SeedSavers – Our Seeds: Seed Blong Yumi

A 57 minute documentary by SeedSavers on traditional diets and how they are grown and eaten in eleven countries.

Our Seeds: Seed Blong Yumi

A small crew comprising Seed Savers directors, Michel Fanton and Jude Fanton, and occasionally a local soundperson took a hundred and sixty hours of footage in eleven countries: Spain, France, Italy, India, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

There are interviews of farmers and expert commentators and documented seed saving, farming methods and cultural activities in both first world and tribal locations. Peasants in advanced countries, such as Taiwan, Spain, France and Italy share the same sentiments as indigenous Pacific farmers when it comes to traditional varieties.

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1919 – Urban Allotments – The Times


Painting by Beryl Cooks, ‘The Allotment’.
See Beryl Cook web site here.

Editorial in The Times (Britain)
Aug 25, 1919

Urban Allotments

There is a side to the question more important than the money value of the produce. The country is about to undergo an industrial revolution. There is to be a maximum working week of forty-eight hours for the vast majority of working men who dwell in towns. What are the artisans, clerks, shopmen, and the multitudes of indoor labourers to do with their new leisure?

Some will do nothing with it, or worse. But if facilities in the way of allotments and of instruction in the growth of flowers and vegetables are given to them, very many will gladly utilize them. It will be an interest, a recreation, and a health giving pursuit to them.

Even when the working day was long, artisans and miners readily cultivated plots when these were within reach, and the dwellers in large towns should be given the same facilities. The compulsory shortening of hours of labour must be correlated with increased provision for the hours of leisure, and in the provision allotments should be included.

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