First gathering of Seed Guardians

We had an amazing first gathering yesterday at Spitalfields City Farm, piggybacking on their Fascination of Plants festival. Ten of our Seed Guardians joined us, sharing their knowledge, passion and experience about growing food for seed. We had a great mix of more experienced growers and complete novices who were able to make connections and share skills.

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It’s great to hear how your plants are doing, and about your enthusiasm for growing your own healthy food. What really stood out are the health benefits, both physical and mental, the way that gardening brings people together, and the importance is cutting down one’s carbon footprint through locally grown produce.

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Thank you to the Vegetarian Society for cooking us a delicious vegetable paella.

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Selby growers

Halema wants to grow coriander and black mustard seed for the seed library from seeds she saved herself.

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Anwara wants to grow runner beans and long beans for the seed library. The runner beans came from Sue, and the long beans came from Lutfun at Spitalfields City Farm. “Gardening changed my life.”

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Sayada is going to grow coriander, mustard and runner beans for the seed library.

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Fatema is going to grow two types of chilies for the seed library, from seeds she saved herself last year.

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Wapping Women’s Centre

Last Wednesday I went to a gardening session at the Women’s Wapping Centre, where we shared out some precious seeds from Lutfun from Spitalfields City Farm. Some of the ladies showed me their garden plots. We’re going to document their growing as a group, and hopefully collect some seeds and stories from them for the seed library.

Siham from the Women’s Environmental Network explained a bit about companion planting and helped to distribute the seeds, which were valued like gold dust.

 

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Seed swap, lunch and talks for International Women’s Day

We are talking part in the International Women’s Day celebrations at Spitalfields City Farm on Tuesday the 8th of March from 12:00 – 14:00.

We will also be holding a seed swap as part of this event.

Lunch and refreshments are included, as well as a line-up of interesting speakers. Our very own Sara Heitlinger will be among them!

Please join us, come and take some seeds, and bring some seeds to share.

Address: Buxton St, London E1 5AR

New partner

Exciting news is that we have now partnered with the Women’s Environmental Network, who coordinates the Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network. We will be merging the Tower Hamlets Community Seed Library with our seed library at Spitalfields Farm.

“The Women’s Environmental Network is working to tackle the most important issues of our time- climate change, pollution and destruction of the environment. We aim to increase access to healthy, sustainably sourced food, and reduce the risk of harmful chemicals to human health. We are unique in our approach, putting the links between gender equality and environmental sustainability at the heart of our work and campaigns. We believe that progress requires local action coupled with change at national and international levels, and the variety of our campaigns reflects this.”

Seeking seed ambassadors

Do you grow your own food from seed?

Do you save seeds from the food you grow?

Richmond Seed Library

We are looking for Seed Ambassadors to help set up a seed library at Spitalfields City Farm.

The seed library will be unique in that it will allow for members to learn – through interactive technologies about the people who donated the seeds, and the conditions under which they were grown.

We are looking for Seed Ambassador who can document their experiences of a full growing cycle from seed to seed for one or two crops – and donate these stories and seeds to the library.

To find out more information, please contact Sara on:

s.heitlinger@qmul.ac.uk

 

(Image credit: Richmond seed library)