wrap up this winter's kitchen antics

wrap up this winter's kitchen antics

This autumn and winter have seen many changes in the skip garden kitchen. The end of 2017 has seen the kitchen and café run by a leadership team on the basis that three heads are better than one! There have too many highlights of 2017 to remark upon all of them. Our activities range from hosting events such as the Dotdotdot campaign to reduce plastic with leading figures from the music industry to making festive hampers stocked with delicious goodies made by supported learning students working with our Community Chef.

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Seeds for a better world

Seeds for a better world

We lose animals, seeds, plants, skills, and traditions every single day, and we must be aware that there is something we can do every day to stop the loss of these wonders. If only we could look at a pumpkin in the same way kids do, writes Youth and Community Coordinator Silvia Pedretti. An effective and hopeful activism doesn't have to be associated with big organisations, with politics and conferences. It is in our heads, in our hands and in every single step we take from the moment we leave our bed in the morning. 

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A Skip Garden inspired Christmas

A Skip Garden inspired Christmas

Christmas is now just around the corner, and for me it’s about spending time with loved ones, snuggling around a fire with a cup of hot cocoa/ mulled wine, cooking together and yet again losing at monopoly. If you have set foot in a shopping centre this December then you’ll have noticed that the Christmas we are sold is full of stuff, often single use things made of plastic, harmful for the people who make them and the planet, writes Garden Manager Julie Riehl.

So this year, I have approached Christmas inspired by the Skip Garden and Global Generation moto of ‘I, we and the Planet’ by selecting gifts that are meaningful, reusable and plastic free.

 

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Being Part of The Skip Garden

Being Part of The Skip Garden

From honing in my social media skills, to helping bring the garden to life for a multitude of events, and even playing chef and making my own pizzas, these 3 ½ months have been nothing short of eventful, writes Marketing and Events intern Julia Wang. 

I started as an intern in September and was warmly accepted by all the different teams. And by being part of the morning meetings, I was able to get a glimpse into all the other amazing projects happening under Global Generation too. It has been really rewarding for me not only to hear about these projects, but also to aid in the story-telling of them.

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The Canada Water Paper Garden has grown a Firebird

The Canada Water Paper Garden has grown a Firebird

Over the last year we have been developing The Paper Garden, in the Printworks at Canada Water SE16. This has meant running ecology and arts workshops for local schools and existing community organisations, so that over time the imaginations of children and young people will help to shape the public realm within the new Canada Water Masterplan. To celebrate our ongoing work of aligning with the rhythms and patterns of nature we are holding a Solstice Lantern Procession on December 21st. The centre piece will be a giant four-meter firebird lantern, writes Global Generation's Director Jane Riddiford

 

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Finding strength and support in each other

Finding strength and support in each other

We come together as a team at the beginning of Spring and Autumn to mark the shifts in the seasons. We stop, we breathe, we tune in, we reflect, we get inspiration from each other and from all that is happening in nature around us.  We look to the past, we look to the future and we practice being in the present, just being with whatever is happening. 

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Story Making in the Paper Garden

Story Making in the Paper Garden

In this emerging tale and in our associated arts and gardening workshops we have been using logs and paper that were parts of the history of the local area. We have been working together with people who live or have lived locally and we have been learning about the birds that visit the docks. We are doing our best, as poet Ben Okri says: "to work on the world as it is and on the dreams that daily become hard stone and flowers of our times."

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