In praise of Twilight Volunteering

In praise of Twilight Volunteering

On the evening of October 22, we celebrated the closing of our successful Twilight Gardening project, a project that we have been running for years and we opened for a new season last spring, writes Silvia Pedretti.

Every other Wednesday regular and newcomers, from local and non-local areas, joined us at the Kings Cross Skip Garden throughout spring, summer and autumn, feeding us and the garden with their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for the community.

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Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Clothing crisis alert! The calendar says wrap up warm but the weather is so mild that even working in a Tee shirt feels hot – ridiculous! 

I’m writing this on the last day of November but it feels more like October. Most trees are still holding onto their leaves and I've just read the news that frogspawn has been found on Dartmoor – a new early record – but I can’t help thinking that it will end in tears for those poor frogs!

Our Bees are being sensible at least and staying in the hive although we’ve lots of nice flowers in the crop skips if they fancy a snack.

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Oct 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Oct 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

The last month has seen the Skip Garden's presence at brand agency Karmarama evolving, as we've been asked to take on a few more hours on Tuesdays to do the baking for tea times. We're also getting the food waste and recycling situation in the kitchen up to scratch, sourcing more organic produce all the time, and sourcing organic and free range meats and MSC certified fish on the odd occasion when meat is on the menu there, writes Global Generation's Chef Sadhbh Moore.

We promised to bring the Skip Garden to Karmarama, so that's what we plan to do, not just in our menu and flavours, but in our ethos too. With over 150 scones made for one 4pm staff tea party, it was clear they were a bit of hit when only crumbs remained on the plates by 4.05pm!

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Oct 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Oct 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

I’m writing this piece during the last few days of September and summer seems to be holding its breath not wanting to leave the stage for the entrance of autumn. Which is making me having to guess again when to settle in our winter crops, writes Paul Richens.

Timing in gardening, as in most things, is crucial. Sowing too early or too late can be disastrous – well, at most, unfortunate I suppose! Last year I sowed some green manures too early in the rather warm autumn to see them grow large and then get taken by the first frost.

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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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July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Happy summertide to one and all, writes Paul Richens. I’ve been wondering what to write about – all our veggies are doing what veggies should be doing at this time of year – growing! We got our first aubergine flowers, first ripe cherry tomatoes some lovely lettuces and our first courgette – all of which are making our kitchen team very happy – phew!

But a visit by my daughter from Harrogate and one from a long-standing friend and family, all the way from Australia, has got me thinking about all the other lovely visitors to the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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Global Generation is 10 Years Old!

Global Generation is 10 Years Old!

We are celebrating our 10 years with 10 events … we hope you can join us at one or more of our events throughout the month of June:

Skip Garden Feasts on Friday 6 June and Saturday 7 June 7:30 - 10:30pm

A special 4 course sit down dinner of 10 dishes to celebrate 10 years. Working with the seasons and the skip garden produce our chefs will delight you with an array of delicious vegetarian dishes served in the unique green surroundings of the garden. Relax around the fire and share food in this surprising urban oasis.

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