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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Growing a garden together

Growing a garden together

As our Saxon Court community gardening project is coming to an end this week , we thought we would update you on how things have gone at the garden. Saxon Court is a mixed residential block in King’s Cross that includes supported housing and shared ownership housing. Way back at the beginning of the year, we received a grant from People’s Postcode Lottery to run weekly gardening sessions from May - October, in order to train local residents in wildlife and vegetable growing and garden maintenance skills and to create a beautiful space for them to spend time together as a community.

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Junior Chef Club

Junior Chef Club

In the dark cold winter months, there is nothing better than gathering around the fire telling stories and eating heart-warming food or getting a tray of freshly baked goods out of the oven to taste whilst still warm... especially when you have made it yourself! On Thursday afternoons,9 students from Mount Carmel and EGA made their way from school to the Skip Garden to take part in the Junior Chef Club, supported by 2 of our Senior Generators, Kaine and Kira. We wanted for the Junior Chefs to not only learn how to cook amazing food, but also to learn about themselves, how we are all connected to other things around us, where our food comes from and our role in helping plants grow.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

As Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry wrote, “There is a deep pull within us to discover and be true to the fact of our own interrelatedness.“ We experienced a new kind of togetherness in 2012 when we moved the Skip Garden, the Hoop Garden and our office onto our current location, writes Jane Riddford.

Bringing the different parts of the organisation together enabled us to see and experience ourselves more clearly as an ecosystem. A big factor in enabling closer collaboration was the fact that for the first time we had a kitchen on site. This meant that we began to regularly sit down as a whole team, to share a cooked lunch together.

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Tile House Skip Garden sessions

Tile House Skip Garden sessions

One of the pleasures of working as Community Engagement Officer is having the opportunity to design projects that bring the values of the Skip Garden to the wider community, writes Ciara Wilkinson.

As the development continues, we find ourselves closer to residential buildings, and we have been keen for some time to begin engaging with those residents who pass the garden by every day, but who have never, or rarely, ventured inside it.

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Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Change is a slow and unpredictable thing. Lately I have been paying attention to how others are leading in Global Generation. As Donna Ladkin describes “leadership is a phenomenon, an art we can enact and explore together and support each other to do better”, writes Jane Riddiford.

As I was about to leave the Kings Cross Skip Garden I looked out of the office door, there was Silvia introducing a group of our twilight gardeners to the idea of finding silence in the heart of London.

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Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

This month Global Generation had the honour of hosting Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. As well as being professors at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies they are co-producers, with Brian Swimme. of the film "Journey of the Universe" which has had a big influence on Global Generation’s work. writes Jane Riddiford.

The film was inspired by Thomas Berry's call in 1978 for a new story that would bring science and humanities together in an integrated cosmology that could guide humans into the next period of human-Earth relations.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2008

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2008

Developing Global Generation has often felt like we were following a map that was being uncovered through the great people we met along the way, writes Jane Riddiford.

It was through Arthur Potts-Dawson of Acorn House restaurant that we were introduced to King’s Cross-based branding agency Wolff Olins.

Design Director Bethany Koby and Building Manager Stuart Robinson wanted to involve the staff in growing vegetables for the Wolff Olins kitchen as a way of stimulating a hands-on understanding of sustainability throughout the company, which in turn would trickle down to their clients.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2007

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2007

One of the many times Global Generation has experienced a challenge turning to an opportunity was in 2007. Thanks to the summer drought in the previous year that nearly devastated our first London project - a garden on the roof of The Office Group’s building in King’s Cross - we found ways to bring water to support the growth of wild flowers and food crops, writes Jane Riddiford.

A random phone call led to a series of meetings with Thames Water and a success with the Lottery fund provided us with enough financial and people resources to save more water than we actually needed.

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Little Outdoor Kylie Discovers the Skip Garden

Little Outdoor Kylie Discovers the Skip Garden

Eco-blogger Little Outdoor Kylie describes the Kings Cross Skip Garden as "The (Eco) Friendliest Green Space in London" and we're delighted to take that accolade!

Kylie's article includes lots of recent photos of the Skip Garden and Skip Garden Cafe and she describes how much she enjoyed the vibe of "this little paradise" and her "epic dessert".

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We Are Recruiting!

We Are Recruiting!

We are on the look-out for two wonderful new people to join our team - an Executive Chef and Events Co-ordinator, and a Chef.

As our Executive Chef and Events Co-ordinator you will lead on all aspects of the Skip Garden Kitchen, holding the vision of the kitchen, working together with team of Chefs, Interns and Volunteers, ensuring that the ingredients used reflect the garden and that young people are involved in all aspects of the kitchen.

We are also looking for a Chef who will be responsible for planning and cooking meals, helping to run events and working with the Kings Cross community with the support of the Executive Chef in the Skip Garden Kitchen as well as at Karmarama HQ.

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Think Even Bigger

Think Even Bigger

Some weeks ago, I was asked to run a workshop for Islington youth workers on our reflective methodologies – ways of working which support the growth of a different perspective, a bigger perspective, writes Jane Riddiford.

Maria, one of our Generators who is part of the Global Generation Big Bang Ambassador group, volunteered to run the workshop with me. It was the end of a long day and at first my mind was blank; what were we going to offer? How would it land?

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Whilst digging up saplings for a tree planting project down at Pertwood Farm back in 2005 I started imagining how we could bring the Pertwood experience to London. Our first real opportunity was thanks to Charlie Green; director of The Office Group, provider of office spaces for small businesses in central London, writes Jane Riddiford.

When we met Charlie he had recently purchased an Office Building on Grays Inn Road in Kings Cross. It had a flat roof and he had a sense that something special could happen there, although he didn’t know what.

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