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city food Issue 20 | Summer 2011


Successful seedling swap


Hundreds of people showed up bright and early for the start of the Seedy Sunday Saturday Seedling Swap event in Preston Park on Saturday 7 May. Many of them brought interesting edible seedlings to swap – from raspberry canes to purple French beans to an ‘orange banana tomato’ variety! Harvest and Seedy Sunday organised the event to help more people grow ‘heritage’ or ‘heirloom’ seeds as these are often better adapted to the local environment and soil and can help to safeguard the future diversity of our plant life. For those who couldn’t bring seedlings to swap, there were a


variety of lovely vegetable seedlings to buy from Sussex business Urban Allotments. Gardeners stuck around to watch Olly Dawson’s love food: hate waste cookery demonstration and taste his delicious panzanella – a great recipe for using up excess bread (see page 9). Meanwhile, volunteers showed people around the Harvest demonstration vegetable garden, Josie Jeffery led seedbomb workshops and Garry the park ranger brought downland lambs for visitors to hold! This event was organised as part of the Big Lottery funded Grow Wild project.


Learn about Wild Fermenting


Wednesday 6 July, 7pm. This fascinating workshop will introduce some of the many different and delicious ways to ferment foods (Sauerkraut, kimchi, sour pickles, sourdoughs, dairy ferments and fermented drinks and vinegars). With a hands-on approach, this workshop will cover both the theory and practice of fermenting. The group will work together to make fermented dishes to take home and also try a range of ferments made earlier. Find out more and book


your place for this and other courses at: www.harvest- bh.org.uk/events or call 01273 431700.


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Photo©Leonard Gouzin


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