Why Lettuce?

Lettuce seed heads

The team from the London Freedom Seed Bank had us all enthralled last week at Incredible Edible Lambeth’s Seed Saving Event, held at the beautiful South London Botanical Institute.

Julie Riehl and Charlotte Dove provided a wealth of information about the whys and hows of seed saving. Charlotte reminded us why it was so vital (given the 93% loss in food seed varieties worldwide) and provided the background to the work of the Seed Bank whilst Julie gave a great drawn presentation on how seeds propagate and how to start seed saving. Continue reading…

Seed bomb dance

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.

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Blooming Lambeth Awards 2018

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.

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A call out for new directors

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.

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Film screenings & networking

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…

LEAP into Healthy Lifestyles

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.

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