“Pinching out a living” Event 23.7.15

July 23rd 2015

6:30pm – 8.30pm

Forest Recycling Project, 2C Bakers Ave, London E17 9AW (near the Hornbeam Cafe)

“The Forgiving Earth” film screening + discussion on food-growing livelihoods with fellow food-growers from Detroit

This month our Food for Change Film Night is a special one; we will be joined by community food growers travelling from Detroit, USA. No place has more serious food challenges than Detroit; with lack of access to fresh food coupled with the effects of institutional racism, and crippling unemployment you would think that the D would be barren and deserted. Yet, Detroit is also an epicenter of the good food movement with hundreds of neighborhood and school gardens, farmers’ markets and farm stands, and energetic urban farmers sprouting up around the city creating community enterprise out of the city’s abandoned lots.

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Workshops at The Spark 20 – 26 July

The Spark is coming to London again!

From 20th July to 26th July there will be, “a week of free workshops, discussion, art, music and more on building positive change in our own lives and the world around us” at the at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU.

CFGN is teaming up with the UK Food Sovereignty Movement again to run a workshop called “Why do you eat?- shaping food systems from need” on Tuesday 21st July.   This workshop is part of building content and relationships for the UK Food Sovereignty Gathering on the 23rd – 26th October.

And CFGN member ‘Community Centred Knowledge’ will be hosting “Culinary Colonialism and Cultural Appropriations” on Sunday 26th July .

A visit to Queens Wood Cafe Garden

Back in Spring CFGN went to meet grower Poppy at the Queens Wood Cafe community garden in Muswell Hill as part of the mapping project of community food activities in London.   Spring was in full swing and blue bells had just exploded through the litter layer of the woods- a subtle reminder of the effect of green space in the city after a tube journey and walk along the main road.

The garden began in 1998 at the same time the derelict lodge building was brought back to life as the Queens Wood Cafe.  Behind the cafe and in an enclave of trees the former lodge keeper’s garden was found and a well nurtured healthy soil.  During the visit a number of woods walkers took solace on the benches in the garden to read, sit, and observe the activities of the horticultural space and wildlife.

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