Just to say a huge thank you
We loved it that people wanted to spend time together , to share conversations and celebrations to gain from each others perspective . We loved the intimacy of the stories from seeds saved each year from tomatoes grown on a balcony; by being wowed in seeing a chickpea plant grow ‘It’s so delicate for something so hard’; to celebrating food growing in streets, parks and estates; recognising the brilliant support the food growing hubs and community gardeners provide; showcasing food-related enterprises; providing a respectful place for food banks and worries around food and money to be part of the conversation; and growing new friends and ideas around green trails that physically connect us and our edible landscapes.
We’ll be sharing what we learnt , the stories that are important to tell , but most importantly it reaffirmed the power of our network approach , the incredible value of the sum of organisations as opposed to the value of the individual.
Special thanks to Pam and all at Incredible Edible Todmorden & the Incredible Edible Network . ‘If you eat you’re in!’
We’ll be back after a break for August. Enjoy your summer
Ann, Helen, Mak, Marj, Sue and Tori x
It’s showtime at the Lambeth Country Show
We are very excited to invite you to this years Lambeth Country Show (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July) to celebrate Lambeth’s food activist culture. We’d love you to play a part to make it extra special.
Can you volunteer a few hours of your time?
The marquee will be brimming and we’d welcome two types of volunteer: “helpers” and “experts”. Helpers to lend a hand, chat to people and help make sure everything runs smoothly. Time slots are below. Experts are those of you who have knowledge about anything food related: growing, composting, brewing, running a market stall, inspiring your community group, making top notch brownies or anything else you’d like to tell your food activist story about. We have an extra special guest this year …more of that later.
Do you want us to promote your local food business?
We’re looking for produce for The Kitchen Table that is made in Lambeth, so if you have something local you’d like to include or – even better – give out tasters of, please get in touch
Would you like to deliver a drop in workshop?
The Potting Shed area will be everything to do with growing. Fancy showing off your green fingers? We’d be delighted to work with you.
Do you have a mint plant that needs taming?
Back again this year is the very popular minty tea party, where people relax with a cup of locally grown minty tea. Yum! We’d love to hear from you if you have a good amount of mint to donate.
Want to promote your food growing group or community kitchen project ?
If you have info or ideas come and shout about it from the roof tops at the info library .
The slots to fill for helping hands are:
11am to 2pm
1.30pm to 4.30pm
4pm to 7pm
12noon to 3pm
3pm to 6pm
Sunday takedown (lots of hands needed!)
6pm to 9pm
Any questions? Can you help out? Get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and see you there!
Roll up roll up….third and final round of Love Your Roots
The Love Your Roots programme is in its third and final round. We would love you to apply for up to £500 for local grassroots groups and organisations to sustain food growing across Lambeth.
We welcome applications until Monday 6th July , when grants will be awarded the following month. Any questions please ask here or send an email to email@example.com . This is the new email address from the previous two rounds. If you would like to add Love Your Roots in the email subject that would be fantastic !
Flyers , application forms and grant criteria are also available at your local food growing hub – Brockwell Community Greenhouses, Streatham Common Community Garden , Myatts Field Park , Rosendale Allotments .
Good luck !
A Taste of Summer
A Taste of Summer
How was your mid-summer yesterday? A bit parky eh ! Well we hope to warm your spirits and tempt you to some of the amazing local food happenings. We’re delighted to share with you our first calendar which gives you just a taster of some of summer’s local food celebrations.
The free workshops are there to help us hone our food growing skills. The workshops are led by the community gardeners at the four food growing hubs. That’s Tom at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Fabrice at Myatt’s Fields Park Greenhouses, Janelle at Rosendale Allotments Community Hub and Charlotte at Streatham Common Community Garden. Each hub has a full programme of gardening workshops which have been created in discussion with community growers.
This week’s tasty workshops are:
Wed 24 June 11am-1pm Beneficial wildlife and companion planting at Streatham Common Community Garden
Sun 28 June 10am-1pm Growing Asian Greens workshop at Myatt’s Fields Park Greenhouses
Five extra special mentions :
Fri 26 June 5pm is the final submission for best food growing project at a Lambeth Council housing estate. Send to Lambeth Living Communications, Hambrook House, Porden Road, SW2 5RW or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info see ‘Good Luck’ post on our website
Sat 27 June 10am-1pm Site preparation for the new polytunnel & compost give-away Bandstand Beds (Clapham) Common Food Growers . All welcome to get stuck in with this really exciting project which is developing into a great local hub for Clapham.
Sat 27 June 10am – 2pm Pizza in the park: Outdoor pizza making, den building and planting for dads, mums and carers with Father Nature at Max Roach Park.
Sat 27 June - 1 – 3pm Loughborough Farm Volunteer Welcome Session for newer volunteers will explain how the Farm is organised, health and safety and the like. Loughborough Farm is on Loughborough Road, opposite Wyck Gardens
Sun 28 June 1pm -5pm Brixton Windmill parade and festival parading through Brixton starting at Brixton Windmill.
Special thanks to Coco Cripps and Emma Calder of Pearly Oysters for the design and production of the calender. We love it and we know those lucky party people, who got a print in their goody bag at the #JustDigIt Party, love it too. Thanks for coming to our party ! You too can get your very own print, available at your local food growing hubs.
Good luck with your ‘Best Food Growing Project’ submission
We are so happy as at least six housing estates have been supported to make their places even more delicious through our Love Your Roots Funds . This is fabulous as edible landscapes are fantastic social places. So if your plot is beautifully mature or just starting our with fresh roots, we say well done and encourage you to apply for best food growing project.