Sunshine and rain: April brings the kitchen and garden together

Sunshine and rain: April brings the kitchen and garden together

The Skip Garden kitchen has always worked with local, seasonal ingredients and featured food grown in our skips and this ‘new’ year we decided to draw the kitchen and garden closer and enrich the menu with the stories of the seasons and the traditions around the food we grow and eat, writes cafe lead and chef Mickey Reedy. Our menus and events will be reflecting a theme for each month drawn from the ecological calendar, positioning of the moon and the history surrounding it. April’s theme was new life

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May 2018: On the unpredictability of the weather

May 2018: On the unpredictability of the weather

‘What is going on with the weather?’ asks Gardens Manager Julie Riehl. I wish I had the answer to that, but I believe that a mix of man made factors (that’s climate change), and natural cycles is making our seasons shift (spring starts later, summer ends later), temperatures are more extreme and the transition between season... well...let’s say is more unpredictable. Two weeks ago the thermometer in the Skip Garden reached 28. That’s mid-of-the summer temperature, and most definitely unusual for April. But after the long and particularly cold winter, that’s exactly what plants were waiting for: a sign that they could just go ahead and unleash a soft tornado of new leaves and flowers.

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Awesome Forces: stories of the universe in the paper garden

Awesome Forces: stories of the universe in the paper garden

Over the Easter holidays The Paper Garden came to life with the creativity of eighteen
children and ten adults, writes Global Generation’s Director Jane Riddiford.

On a days workshop of story making, creative writing, painting, music and performance we celebrated the micro and the macro movements of the cosmos in action. From the spiralling of galaxies, to the journey of raven and whale each participant found their own way to express the incredible twists and turns of this vast and epic adventure.

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Vero's reflections on being Education & Community Chef at Global Generation

Vero's reflections on being Education & Community Chef at Global Generation

When people ask me: 'What do you do at the Skip Garden?' I hesitate to answer. The simple and direct answer always seems to merely scrape the surface of what we are attempting to do at the Skip Garden. On a practical level, we are constantly finding new ways to open up the Skip Garden and welcome those who may not have access to similar spaces in the concrete jungle we call home.

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Making time together

Making time together

Every few months at Global Generation, our entire team of seventeen staff takes a day out of the Skip Garden to connect with each other and with our work. These staff away days are very important to us as an organisation as they give us a chance to reflect on our core values and how we use them in our day-to –day practise as well as a chance to spend time together as a group outside of everyday work.

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Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Every academic year, we host work experience placements for secondary school students, ensuring that we provide them with a meaningful opportunity to learn in a real-world work context. Here, Year 10 student Daniel writes about his placement with us: "I can honestly say that compared to literally any of my friends’ work experiences, I’ve done so much."

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Evolving Canada Water

Evolving Canada Water

In the Paper Garden we have used storytelling, to draw out the stories of the past and evoke
the stories of what might be. Others involved in the changing face of this part of London, are
also working with stories. In Canada Water, British Land and historian Sarah Yates, have
been gathering stories from local people, about the cultural history of the area. This is one of
the ways community is being kept at the heart of what, in the wrong hands, could all too
easily become yet another anodyne commercial development.

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A celebration of seeds and life

A celebration of seeds and life

On Saturday 3rd February, people gathered in the Skip Garden to celebrate seeds, new potentials and life.  The day coincided with the re-opening of the Skip Garden and cafe after our Christmas and January hibernation. It also coincided with the celebration of Imbolc, the half way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, which for thousands of years has celebrated hope, new life and new beginnings.

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Lupercalia Supper Club

Lupercalia Supper Club

At the Skip Garden we love to celebrate the stories behind our food, weave history and tradition into our menus as well as seasonality and sustainability. All of these things featured in our February supper club, honouring the ancient festival of Lupercalia. We chose to mark the event on the same evening as a rather well know saint’s day, honouring a priest best known for conducting secret marriages.

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A Thousand hands

A Thousand hands

This term, the new project for our Youth division, named ‘A Thousand Hands’, started. The project gives the opportunity for young people from the borough of Islington to connect with, and make a difference to their local community by co-designing their own projects. This cohort of young people, who last term had taken part in our Generator Program, decided that they wanted to explore their interests in helping vulnerable people. Read more...

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Sharing our traditions in the Skip Garden

Sharing our traditions in the Skip Garden

I love it when the Skip Garden comes alive with the colours and flavours of heritage and seasonal rituals, writes Youth Programmes Manager Rachel Solomon. To me, it always speaks of how we are all connected, rather than different, because, at the heart of all these different customs, the values are all the same – the sharing and togetherness as well as the passing down of heritage and connecting with our ancestors is something we all do in our own unique ways.

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