As part of our mission to make healthier and more sustainable food available to all in Lambeth, Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) has worked hard to build partnerships with the council, NHS, local businesses and many more. This is manifested in the Lambeth Food Partnership, which launched The Lambeth Good Food Charter at its AGM earlier this month. Continue reading…
Incredible Edible Lambeth acts as the nurture organisation for a project called Edible Avenue SW8 just over the border in Wandsworth.
As part of the programme we worked with a local choreographer to produce a horticulturally-inspired dance. The idea emerged one day as we were making seed bombs, and we were looking at different ways to involve people in ideas about greening the local area.
We are very excited to be hosting these awards again this year. This is a call out for nominations – you can nominate someone else’s garden or your own growing space.
There are ten categories, designed to showcase all the amazing work that has been going on this year to green up our borough, bring people together and improve our wellbeing. This is an opportunity to shout out about people who might otherwise go unnoticed. We are looking for projects that inspire others to get involved and become food activists! You can enter more than one category but please enter a separate application for each category. You will need a good photograph to illustrate your entry; we plan to visit some gardens but we will be relying on the photos and the descriptions you offer for the shortlist.
Winning gardens will each receive £100.
We are working hard to raise awareness of local food activism and promote the growing of food in Lambeth, as well as highlighting the global issues surrounding our broken food system.
In the past six months our membership has risen to around 250 (formally signed up, using our newish sign up system) – this includes around 80 group member sign ups, so we are reaching many more than 250 people.
We held our third film screening of the year last week. It was In Our Hands, a hugely insipirational film about how we can take back control of our food system. Afterwards we talked about all the things that are happening in Lambeth and how if we work together we are much greater than the sum of our parts.
If you missed the earlier films we are planning to screen Demain and SEED again with the RCA in Battersea in May as part of the Chelsea Fringe. Continue reading…
Incredible Edible Lambeth is working with Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) in four wards of Lambeth (Stockwell, Vassall, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill), to facilitate activities for families with children under 4 years old, who are often on low incomes, to access more activities around healthy eating and being active.
We are prototyping ways of working that the families and children can design their own projects, such as food-growing, cooking and eating and being outdoors appreciating nature and the environment. We are putting parents in control, and building on community assets, rather than making them recipients of services.
Q&A with Janie Bickersteth, Director of IEL
Why are you so passionate about working with schools?
I believe that all children should be exposed to the ‘dirt’.
Why does dirt matter? Continue reading…
We are delighted to announce that Myatt’s Fields Park Project will be giving away free vegetable seedlings to community growing projects in spring and summer 2018. Thanks to funding from London Community Foundation, Lambeth Early Action Partnership and support from Urban Growth and Incredible Edible Lambeth, Myatts Fields Park are able to grow seedlings in their greenhouse and offer them to food growers across Lambeth.
We have been helping out just over the border in Wandsworth to establish food growing and ‘greening’ in a neighbourhood of three estates.
Called Edible Avenue SW8 we run gardening and horticultural craft workshops at a community centre and we run a regular gardening volunteering session on a Friday morning. Continue reading…