There's an invisible food walk on January 16th 10.45 - 2pm. I'll send people on to you afterwards!
Next Invisible Food Walks
Saturday 16th January 2010
Saturday 20th February 2010
Saturday 20th March 2010
and ongoing (Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
10.45 – 2pm
07963 446605 or more info or email Ceri
The Invisible Food monthly walks explore the green spaces around the Loughborough Estate. Open to local residents and there are some places for people beyond the estate.
Please book a place as they are limited in order to ensure a more intimate space for conversations, skill sharing, getting to know neighbours etc. If the walks get too big, the dynamic becomes more one of me being a walk leader and that's not what I'm trying to do.
This month, we will have a short walk and come back to the centre to cook a hot wild food meal on the wood burner.
I'm also very pleased to announce a coffee ceremony conducted as a collaboration by an Ethiopian and an Eritrean women. These communities have suffered a great deal of conflict because of wars in their countries but the coffee ceremony, amongst many other cultural manifestations, is central to both. Come and experience it with us.
Also poetry and storytelling.
We will have local herbal teas and very probably some sloe gin too. In terms of the food miles argument, we're obviously addressing that with the foraging we do as a community walk. However, I really feel that in a place such as Brixton, it's important to recognise the social history of the people living here and how important food is to the cultural and emotional wellbeing of people who have moved to London from other countries. We also search for alternatives that can grow here and make wild and interesting combinations (Eritrean bread and rosehip jelly)!
What is Invisible Food?:
The Invisible Food project searches for wild food in the Loughborough area of Brixton with local residents. After walking, participants make or cook something such as tea, jam, cordials, wild leaf burgers, fritters, soup or cakes with the herbs, flowers or berries that we find.
Rationale behind the project
Invisible Food came out of a commission by arts organisation Artangel, to explore approaches to play. In the search or hunt for wild food, we enter into a spirit of play, of tracking down, of excitement or expectation. Looking for wild food alters our perception and the way we use our eyes. Other outcomes from playing this ‘game’ is an increased appreciation of our shared environment and where food comes from, as well as potential medicinal and culinary uses of plants. It can also impart a sense of well being and satisfaction from the self-sufficiency of finding and cooking food, not using packaging or needing to go to the supermarket.
What skills can be learnt?
Identifying plants and learning about their properties
reading skills; scanning and skim reading, using Invisible Food library of plant and cookery books for information about a plant
writing about plants; writing recipes or plant information, poems, adverts for plants emphasising their specific properties
map making (plotting plants on a piece of land or area)
cooking jams, soups, cakes
learning about and using carbon-neutral cooking equipment such as storm kettles and rocket stoves (in suitable environments)
photography, tile painting, screenprinting,
“Now I’ve opened my eyes to the plants, I feel like I’m in a different land. Brixton is teeming with plantlife.” Walk participant