Posts Tagged Love Local Food

Rabbit Puppet

I finally got to make a new puppet this week. It has been a long time and the familiar feeling of stitching life into fabric at 1 in the morning was good to return to! Rabbit has no name at present but held the focus of the children at Beacon Heath and Whipton Surestart Centres. There is a great simplicity in the act of unwrapping a puppet with children, waking it and then, in this case, feeding it with salad leaves. Once we had worked out that plastic was really not going to work that is!! I am going to use Rabbit as a focus for the Children’s Centre work I am doing with Love Local Food. Don’t tell Martyn at Shillingford Organics though as I am not sure rabbits are particularly welcome in the polytunnel!

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Stories at a Seed Swap!

Exeter Seed SawpThere are sometimes when an event just clicks and the Exeter Seed Swap was one of those times. Held at St Sidwell’s Community Centre. Why was that? The event certainly wasn’t packed with people and the weather was full of drizzle and damp however there was a quality of conversation and interaction that made it come alive. I was there with the Love Local Food stall and to tell some seedy stories 😉 There was a real mix of ages demonstrating that a good story works regardless and the telling was interspersed with questions and discussions. Thanks to Zion for the organising and the image on the left. I am looking forward to planting my turnips and cabbage! Next step wormery …

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Flying Start, Carrots and the Love Local Food Van!

Love Local Food is developing its outreach work with children’s groups exploring vegetables, healthy eating and farms through cooking, creating and stories. I am working with Jo on a series of sessions in partnership with the Flying Start Children’s Centre visiting lots of groups across Central Exeter. Today we braved the snow and ice and dropped in on the St Davids Church Toddler Group. Great fun! It was so good to work with very young children’s attention and interest. Piling up carrots, washing and chopping them, printing, soup making (very welcome on a cold day!) and a little story about the colours of carrots. I am looking forward to seeing this project develop. This is a rather nice image from Wikipedia just in case you thought that all carrots were orange!
Carrots of many colours

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At the Green Fair

Exeter Green Fair

Exeter Green Fair

Finally the Green Fair has come onto the Cathedral Green out from the beautiful, but rather secluded surroundings, of the Bishop’s Garden! So many people wandering through the range stalls covering recycling, local food, green initiatives and more! OrganicARTS and Love Local Food were there and a very fine time it was with conversations ranging from the changing state of the staple food of Britain – is it potato or pasta now? – through to the possible links of projects at the farm with those in India!

Antoine Parmentier

Antoine Parmentier

I did a couple of story sessions featuring the Potato Tales. For those listeners who doubted the veracity of the story of Antoine Parmentier and the introduction of potatoes to France then  check this Wikipedia article! These stories have a good mix of history, biology and folk tradition!

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