Urban Growing, Community & Permaculture
Co-creator of Abundance community harvesting project in Sheffield 2007 and co-author of the Abundance Handbook – a guide to urban community fruit harvesting available to download from the internet June 09 with Stephen Watts. This work also includes training, advising and supporting new projects and giving talks and training to Transition, community & growing groups across the UK. The Abundance network is the winner of Observer Ethical Awards 'Grassroots' Category 2010
Initiation of harvesting group in Fowey Estuary, Cornwall in 2010.
Grow Sheffield – founder of lively urban food activists network in Sheffield in 2007 and currently part of core team responsible for developing and supporting urban food growing projects and developing new food growing projects integrating creative and artistic engagement. Including commissioning artists - including recent artist in residence Bob Levene, devising ongoing projects such as Allotment Soup and Comunity Growers and mentoring volunteers see www.growsheffield.com
on orchard and forest garden cities at two day seminar on Nutopia:
new visions of the city, Cardiff, April 09 www.arcadesproject.org/?cat=6
Orchard City & Abundance presentation at All Our Futures conference, Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth, Sept 09: RADAR, Loughborugh University Contemporary Art Programme, Aug 10
70 x 7 XXXI The Meal. In October 2010 I co-devised and curated with Jo Salter a meal for 70 guests in an ongoing series by Lucy Orta. Commissioned by Groundwork South West
We themed the meal on local food and sustainability and invited a wide range of guests broadly connected to local food and sustainability issues. Forager Fat Hen (Caroline Davey) and her chefs Justine and Mickey Ashton created a meal of foraged and locally sourced food. A number of performative and participatory elements were created to punctuate the meal. The carbon footprint of the meal (food miles, travel, phone use, computer use, materials sourcing etc) was collected and audited with the help of the Groundwork South West environmental business managers and displayed on large blackboards at the event which we created alongside James Mankiewicz, illustrator Plymouth Collegeof Art and Design.
Grow Efford – initial research phase and subsequent commission received for creating projects around food growing, sharing and harvesting in Efford, Plymouth working with Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth Public Health Unit & Heart of Efford Community Partnership from June 09. This includes:
Wild Food in Efford, Plymouth
In September 09 hosted a wild food walk in Efford with Tess Wilmot. This included a walk through Efford Valley, tasting of wild hedgerow jelly and other preserves with recipes and a local harvesting trip for apples, pears, and damsons. Forthcoming Wild Food Walk in June 2010 and September 2010.
Blossom Quest working with the design pod students from High View primary school to document, photograph and map blossom in Efford. The photographs wil be used as the basis for an installation for the new school opening in September 2010.
Wild Food Forage and Feast in Devonport
In June 2009 I ran a wild food walk, cooking event and feast in Devonport for twenty people mostly from the local area. This included harvesting with wild food forager Caroline Davey (Fat Hen) in Mount Wise park and the area surrounding Hamoeze House and creating a meal for us all to share from local wild foods. Supported by Groundwork (South West) and Plymouth Public Health Development Unit with Dig 4 Devonport.