Do you save your own seeds?
Could you help us set up a community seed-bank at Spitalfields City Farm?
We are looking for participants to take part in 4 workshops in which we will explore practices of seed-saving, storing and sharing – and how technology could help support these practices.
The ultimate aim is to establish a community seed bank at Spitalfields Farm that will allow for the sharing of seeds as well as the stories and growing conditions that created them.
Workshop dates: November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Time: 12:30 – 15:00 (Vegetarian lunch included)
Location: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London, E1 5AR
For inquiries please contact Sara: 07800736525 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
These workshops are part of a research project in partnership with Spitalfields City Farm and Garden Organic, looking at how digital technology can support sustainable food-growing in the city.
We are looking for a research assistant to help us build the sensor systems and platform for our super-connected “smart” seed-bank!! The deadline is 17th of October.
On Thursday 1st of October we started the project with a bang, at Spitalfields City Farm. A beautiful day, we sat in the sun surrounded by by the bounty of the community gardens. The meeting was an opportunity to introduce the project to the farm partners and also to the academic steering committee.
Brassicas and saltbush
Pumpkins and beans
As part of our community-based Participatory Design methodology, we will start with 4 workshops this November to find out what kinds of data (qualitative – e.g. stories, tips, histories – and quantitative – e.g. humidity, light, temperature) will be useful to incorporate in our “smart” seed-bank.
We are also planning a trip to the Sussex community seed bank to see how they do things there. Sussex community seed bank
The meeting ended with a delicious lunch cooked by farm staff, with vegetables produced at the farm.
Lutfun’s amazing treasure chest of seeds – mainly Bangladeshi vegetables
Drying seeds in the polytunnel
Hamed having way too much fun