Nov 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Nov 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Well, it has been a busy couple of months in the Skip Garden Kitchen, writes Head Chef Andrew Isherwood. In the middle of September we took the decision to refurbish the kitchen as it wasn’t able to cope anymore with the demands that were being placed upon it. Originally designed to cook staff food and cater to the occasional workshop, the constant stream of events and bookings meant that the kitchen was groaning under the pressure.

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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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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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Susie’s reflections on our 10 year celebrations and leaving Global Generation

Susie’s reflections on our 10 year celebrations and leaving Global Generation

“Leap like a tiger, walk like a tortoise” is one of my favourite ever Buddhist phrases, and can apply to so many things we do - requiring a burst of courage and then lots of tiny steps and steady growth, to move on to making that first leap worthwhile. Throw the seed, then let it germinate in its own time, writes Susie Moss.

It took a giant leap to begin working with Global Generation in 2012, and now it’s taking a big leap to leave.

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Would You Like to Work in the Skip Garden Kitchen?

Would You Like to Work in the Skip Garden Kitchen?

I’m very excited, and sad, to be advertising these two new jobs available for some lucky people to join Global Generation. Excited, because I know what a wonderful experience lies ahead for the new chefs, and sad, as it signals the end of my happy time here, writes Susie Moss.

I’m moving abroad for a year, and am leaving a kitchen, a team, a garden, and a job that I love. Thinking about my experience over the last two years with GG brings forth an excessive amount of cliches! ‘Never a dull moment’ being one very apt one.

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Fresh from the Kitchen

Fresh from the Kitchen

We’ve had a month of new food and new faces in the kitchen, just in time for all the big events we have coming up to celebrate our ten year anniversary, writes Global Generation Chef Catherine Forrester.

We’re delighted to welcome two new kitchen interns, Harriet and Veronica. We were only planning to recruit one person, but they were both so brilliant we just couldn’t choose! They’ve already made themselves invaluable, helping to create some amazing pizzas in our new wood-fired pizza oven at an event in their first week.

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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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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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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2006

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2006

2006 was a landmark year. Thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust, Global Generation took on our first group of young generators (14 – 18 year old youth leaders). Since then the Generators have provided the backbone for much of Global Generation’s work writes Jane Riddiford.

We wanted the Generators to experience that in unity between different sectors of society, e.g. business and young people there is creativity and strength. We aimed to give them practical opportunities to demonstrate with their own passion that it is “cool to care.”

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BTEC Businesses Ready to Launch

BTEC Businesses Ready to Launch

Last month, I had the pleasure of being a judge in a Dragons' Den for our Business and Sustainability BTEC students. The event was kindly hosted by branding agency Karmarama in their wild and wonderful head office in Farringdon, writes Jane Riddiford.

Students had made the most of the potentials offered by having lessons in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. All four business groups applied their creative juices to the range of things that can be found and produced in the middle of a construction site, especially when plenty of volunteer help is on hand.

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