London Freedom Seed Bank Festival 2014

MandalaCould it really be a week since the festivities on the Battersea Barge? It seemed that fun was had by all! We started the evening with some wonderful music from Annalou, accompanied by Caroline David who also performed her seed anthem Seed unto Seed later in the evening.   Next up it was KMT Freedom Teacher, with a guest performance from MC MFaSis, the youngest performer of the evening at only 12 years old. Both held everyone captivated and put spirit into the evening that was to continue throughout the night.

We heard some beautiful poems from Joe Duggan of Crystal Palace Transition Town, and also our very own Antony Melville (whose poem we have published below).

We were honoured to have Mac Macartney, founder of Embercombe come and speak to us early on in the evening. Amongst the many words he said, he told us of the power contained within just a single seed. Enough in some cases to literally break through rock when reaching a certain size. When considering ourselves as seeds we should remember that we all have the power to do incredible things! Which leads us on to Jane Rabinowicz from USC Canada. As Director of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Jane told us about the multi-targeted approach USC Canada are taking to address the situation in Canada of increased uniformity of field crops, imported (and therefore not adapted to Canada’s climates) vegetable seed, and decreased government spending on plant breeding. This will probably sound very familiar to people! The linked up approach of Bauta Family Initiative includes supporting the scale up of small seed providers, facilitating field research including participatory plant breeding approaches, and significant training and capacity-building amongst farming and seed networks.

KMT Freedom Teacher and Emphasis m.c.
KMT Freedom Teacher and Emphasis m.c.
Mac Macartney
Mac Macartney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heart of the evening, and of course the reason we hold the festival, was our ceremony. During the ceremony the London Freedom Seed Savers who had been on our trainings earlier in the year (and also some very generous guest growers), donated the seed they have saved this year to the bank. We were proud to have Azul Valerie-Thome, initiator of the LFSB and founder of FOOD from the SKY, travel from Schumacher college to be with us and conduct the beautiful ceremony, as well as build the spectacular mandala.   Thank you to all our wonderful seed savers who contributed to the ceremony, your saved seeds will be redistributed during our trainings early next year.

Azul conducting the seed ceremony
Azul conducting the seed ceremony

The second part of the evening kicked off with the infectious rhythms and rhymes of the fantastic Vibe Machine. Vibe Machine were followed by the Muckers – true ceilidh pro’s– just how did they manage to get so many already merry people to do strip the willow on a barge? We saw it with our own eyes or else we wouldn’t have believed it!

And now to the seed bank… this Autumn and winter we plan to germination test the donated seed, in preparation for redistribution next year. We are also entering a stage of planning for the coming year. Thank you to everyone who was at the festival for making it a fantastic evening – we at LFSB are already looking forward to next year’s (albeit after a bit of a break) : )

In solidarity

London Freedom Seed Bank

p.s. Our friend KMT freedom teacher of May Project Gardens will be hosting an event ‘Come We Grow’ on Friday 31st October. Please check out this site for more details. Please also see the websites of Vibe Machine and the Muckers for upcoming gigs.

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

 

Tilia Cordata by Antony Melville

Capsule that carries the code of a living creature

Miniature velvet sphere that shapes a tree

From cells selected to bring forth each feature –

Leaf, branching shape and flower, that we may see

The ancient lineage of the small leaved lime

Stand smiling by the path between the oaks –

Now touch the teeming soil, for it is time;

A million microbes call to you and coax

 

Jack labelling seed
Jack labelling seed

The tiny movement of a cell to break

Its fissure in the earth with one first root,

To find its food and so entice you on

To put out leaves and through the summer make

A sapling, which in years will bear the fruit

Of scented flowers spread before the sun.

 

photos by KMT Freedom Teacher, Azul-Valerie Thome, and Antony Melville, with more on the way!

Ceilidh
Ceilidh
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Emphasis m.c.
Charlotte on the door
Charlotte on the door

Bring on the Weekend! * Programme for Saturday *

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The weekend is nearly here! We will be starting the day off on Saturday at the Great Seed Festival’s main hub in the Garden Museum so please come and say hello at our stall. You can download the 2-day programme and full list of events here.

Our London Freedom Seed Bank Festival, this year part of the Great Seed Festival will be kicking off at 5pm at the Battersea Barge, and we can’t wait to see you there! Doors will open at 4.30pm, please come early to guarantee entry. There will be food, and drinks to purchase at the bar.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

17:00          Music from KMT freedom teacher

17:30           Introduction to the London Freedom Seed Bank

17:45           Joe Duggan, poet

17:50           Mac MacCartney, speaker author, Embercombe founder

18:15           Jane Rabinowicz, Director of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canada Seed Security, USC Canada

18:45           Antony Melville, poet

19:00         London Freedom Seed Saver Ceremony conducted by Azul-Valerie Thome

19:30           Caroline David, songmaker

19:40           Next year at the London Freedom Seed Bank

20:00          Vibe Machine

21:00           The Muckers ceilidh band

23:00          Doors close

We look forward to seeing you!

CONTACT: Dawn: 07979852383 or Jack: 07776155498

Line-up for the London Freedom Seed Bank Festival 2014

KMT
KMT

We are buzzing and excited to announce the performers for our festival on Saturday 11th October, at 5pm, at the Battersea Barge (SW8 5BP).  This year our London Freedom Seed Bank Festival will be part of the wider Great Seed Festival .

The London Freedom Seed Bank Festival will be kicking off with music from KMT freedom teacher aka Pollinator. KMT will be followed by poetry from local poets Joe Duggan and Antony Melville, and a performance from Caroline David.

As previously announced we are looking forward to hearing from our two inspiring speakers Mac Macartney, Embercombe founder, author and public speaker, and Jane Rabinowicz, Program Director of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

Vibe Machine
Vibe Machine

The heart of the evening will be our ceremony to celebrate our London Freedom Seed Savers, during which they will donate their saved seed back to the bank. The founder of FOOD from the SKY and initiator of the London Freedom Seed Bank, Azul-Valerie Thome will be with us on the evening to vision, conduct, and oversee the ceremony.

We are thrilled to announce we will have live music from Vibe Machine with their infectious rhythms and considered rhymes! Vibe Machine will be followed by the fantastic Hackney-based band The Muckers, who will have everyone on their feet for a ceilidh to see the evening out!

We look forward to seeing you on October 11th. The program will start at 5pm with doors opening at 4.30pm. The event is not ticketed but there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the door.

The Muckers
The Muckers

Please arrive early to ensure entry.

This year we are proud to be part of The Great Seed Festival: Celebrating the Seeds that feed us.  Please visit the festival website for the full listing of events which will take place over the whole weekend, with fringe events throughout October. The Great Seed Festival is organised by food growing networks, seed and food justice organisations and individuals from across the UK, and coordinated by The Gaia Foundation, Beyond GM, Heritage Seed Library and the UK Food Group.

Bring on October and vive la Seed!

Festival leaflet 2014

London Freedom Seed Bank Festival – Saturday 11th October @ the Battersea Barge on the River Thames! 5pm ‘til late.

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Last year we held a festival to celebrate and recognise those who had saved seed during the year. This included a ceremony, where growers donated some of their saved seed to the London Freedom Seed Bank.  The ceremony was accompanied by poetry, song, food, dance, and of course, the odd drink!  We passed this donated seed onto other growers who attended our trainings earlier this year.

It’s approaching festival time again, and will be holding this year’s celebrations as part of The Great Seed Festival  on Saturday 11th October on the Battersea Barge (SW8 5BP). The festival is open to all, so please join us for an evening of celebrating the seed that feeds us!

We are excited to announce that the evening will include talks from Mac Macartney, Founder of Embercombe, and Jane Rabinowicz, Director of the Seed Security Initiative from USC Canada. We will be updating our website with further information about the festival nearer the time.

So for now please save the date, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

London Freedom Seed Bank

Join us in Regent’s Park – Thursday 19th June @ 6pm

Dear all – PLEASE PASS ON the INVITATION to your networks!

For who is involved in the Freedom Seed Bank in London, for who want to get involved and/or want to be part of the creation of the Freedom Seed Bank Festival (part of the Great Seed Festival 11th-12th Oct 2014).

Julie very kindly is opening her garden in Regent’s Park for us all to meet up, to review, invite new comers and grow our contribution to the Great Seed Festival 11th-12th Oct 2014.

You are all warmly invited to join our next Freedom Seed Bank meeting:
Thursday 19th June
6pm to 9pm
MAP: the allotment garden in The Regent’s Park
Corner Of Chester And The Inner Circle
Next The Parks Office
NW14NR 

It would be helpful to know if you are coming? Email: freedomseedbank@gmail.com And also please bring a dish or a food contribution so we can top up our energy level together!

Vive la Seed!

There is so much going on with and for the Seed. Please do join us to take your stand for the Freedom of our Seeds as food growers, farmers and humans who care!
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Our first 2 re-skilling workshops on seed savings…great success!

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Peter Brinch from Open Pollinated Seed
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The day’s programme
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people committing to becoming a Freedom Seed Saver
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Brain storm for the 2014 festival
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DISTRIBUTION OF THE FREEDOM SEEDS

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1st February: Peter Brinch )Open Pollinated Seed) teaches our first 2014 re-skilling workshop at the Regent’s Park Allotment hosted by Julie.  Full house and fantastic day.  We had many food growers, activists, people who care,  and people came from Brussels to connect and feed back to their city.  We now have a ongoing contact as we are planning to echo each others Freedom Seed Festival 11th and 12th Oct 2014 .

 

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1st March 2014 – taught by Sally from the Heritage Seed Library hosted by the South Bank roof garden (inspired by FOOD from the SKY 🙂

The event was full again with various gardeners, growers and people who see Seed Saving as a stand for what is our Right.  Here are some photos of the day. Next re-skilling workshop in South East London on 30th March, booking essential with Jo: freedomseedbank@gmail.com

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SALLY FROM HERITAGE SEED LIBRARY
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Jo from Freedom Seed Bank
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Azul from Freedom Seed Bank
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THE Freedom Seed Bank
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South Bank Roof Garden inspired by FOOD from the SKY
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Guardian of the Seeds 🙂

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NEXT Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL POD meeting on 30th November

Calling for ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, FILM MAKERS, CARTOONISTS, SINGERS, POETS, MUSICIANS, DEEP ACTIVISTS, PERMACULTURISTS, TRANSITIONISTS, INSPIRED SPEAKERS and other CREATIVE PEOPLE to be part of the Freedom Seed Bank POD who will bring the next Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL OCT 2014 (11th and 12th OCT?) with Vandana ShivaThe Gaia FoundationFOOD from the SKYCapital Growth , End Ecocide In Europe, and many more.
The creative POD will take forward the vision of our SEED, our FOOD and our FREEDOM to a different level by INSPIRING, TOUCHING and MOVING people from all part of our communities in a FESTIVAL inspired, moved and touched by the Seed and for the Seed. Without the Seed and our FOOD being freely protected, saved and grown our lives will not be ours, as simple as that!

Seed POD call
In the last 12 months we have seen and welcomed many artists who have been inspired by the seed to create songs, poems and sacred spaces of celebration while taking a stand for what is respecting Life. When we met with Vandana Shiva on the 13thOct I stepped in and declared that the next big Celebration will be between the birth of Gandhi (2nd Oct) and the World Food day (16th Oct). and that is will be at SOUTH BANK by the river and the spine of our City. Since then I went to Brussels to speak at the European Parliament and was also invited to speak at the Urban ecology centre (Brussels) where a seed was planted! They will also in solidarity with us and with the Seed Seed Freedom, host a Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL in Brussels.

Saturday 30th November

1pm to 4pm

“The Regent’s Park allotment garden is located at the Corner of Chester and the Inner Circle, next the park’s office. If using a GPS use the postcode NW1 4NR.”

So if you are at all moved by the call contact us and join our next meeting in London on Sat 30th Nov : freedomseedbank@gmail.com we will send you more details.

In solidarity

Calling for ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, FILM MAKERS, CARTOONISTS, SINGERS…

Calling for ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, FILM MAKERS, CARTOONISTS, SINGERS, POETS, MUSICIANS, DEEP ACTIVISTS, PERMACULTURISTS, TRANSITIONISTS, INSPIRED SPEAKERS and other CREATIVE PEOPLE to be part of the Freedom Seed Bank POD who will bring the next Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL OCT 2014 (11th and 12th OCT?) with Vandana Shiva,The Gaia FoundationFOOD from the SKYCapital Growth , End Ecocide In Europe, and many more.

The creative POD will take forward the vision of our SEED, our FOOD and our FREEDOM to a different level by INSPIRING, TOUCHING and MOVING people from all part of our communities in a FESTIVAL inspired, moved and touched by the Seed and for the Seed. Without the Seed and our FOOD being freely protected, saved and grown our lives will not be ours, as simple as that!

In the last 12 months we have seen and welcomed many artists who have been inspired by the seed to create songs, poems and sacred spaces of celebration while taking a stand for what is respecting Life. When we met with Vandana Shiva on the 13thOct we stepped in and declared that the next big Celebration will be between the birth of Gandhi (2nd Oct) and the World Food day (16th Oct). and that is will be at SOUTH BANK by the river and the spine of our City, London.

Since then Azul-Valerie Thome went to Brussels to speak at the European Parliament and was also invited to speak at the Urban ecology centre (Brussels) where a seed was planted! They will also in solidarity with us and with the Seed and Seed Freedom, host a Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL in Brussels weekend of 11th-12th Oct 2014.

So if you are at all moved by the call to be part of the Freedom Seed Bank Creative POD contact us and join our next meeting in central London on Sat 30th Nov : write to us on freedomseedbank@gmail.com we will send you more details.

In solidarity! Freedom Seed Bank growing POD! 🙂

Stephan, Helena and Azul
Stephan – from Urban Ecology Centre in Brussels
Helena – Work that reconnects
Azul – Freedom Seed Bank and FOOD from the SKY

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