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

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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Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL – FULL PROGRAM

Freedom Seed Bank logoHello! Here is the full program for the Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL at Passing Clouds this Staurday! Please arrive early to avoid dissapoitment.  We are really looking forward to a great day with you all CELEBRATING the proper launch of Freedom Seed Bank

2.00pm  Opening

2.15pm  INTRO to Afternoon

2.20pm   Azul – intro to London Freedom Seed Bank and why a FESTIVAL?

Azul-Valerie Thome: Co-founder of FOOD from the SKY and part London Freedom Seed Bank collective

2.50pm   Theresa – Gaia Foundation

Teresa Anderson: International Advocacy Co-ordinator for the Gaia Foundation who produced the film Seeds of Freedom will be talking about: The importance of seed, how our relationship to seed and agriculture has changed in recent decades, and why we need to reclaim seed diversity and seed knowledge.3.10pm  Q&A

3.30pm  Brina with her new song: SEEDS of FREEDOM

3:40pm Antony – his poem: THE SEED

3:45pm Caroline and her seedy collaborator with her song: SEED unto SEED

4.00pm  Jack opening the Freedom Seed Bank Ceremony: the offering of Freedom Seeds by Freedom Seed Savers to the Mandala and to the Bank…placing them on a map of London

4.30pm  Next steps,  what next?

4:35pm 1st Ceilidh set

4.55pm Open mic

5.15pm  2nd Ceilidh set

5.35pm  Jo: Farewell from all

6.00pm La Fin

WHAT NEXT?

JOIN US and Register with the Freedom Seed Bank to reclaim diversity and knowledge and be a Freedom Seed Saver: freedomseedbank@gmail.com

12th Oct:  March against Monsanto in London

13th Oct: Vandana Shiva in conversation with growers and seed savers. SOLD OUT

17th Oct: Azul in Brussels to https://www.facebook.com/events/658667020824309/?fref=ts

1st March 2014:  Sharing of Freedom Seeds and re-skilling workshop

In solidarity!

Azul, Jack, Jo and Antony among many many!

Freedom Seed Bank Events on 5th Oct and 13th Oct, NEWS and UPDATES

PLEASE READ BELOW SOME NEWS AND UPDATES ABOUT THE 2 EVENTS HAPPENING ON 5TH OCT (FESTIVAL) AND 13TH OCT (CONVERSATION WITH VANDANA SHIVA ON SEED&FOOD FREEDOM)Seed Bank Festival Flyer 2013

WE WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD BRING LITTLE CAKES OR QUICHES FOR US TO SELL AND RAISE MONEY FOR THE FREEDOM SEED BANK AND THE ARTISTS PRESENT ON THE DAY

WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE NEW ARTIST REGGAE SINGER ON BOARD WHO WILL BE SINGING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN UK THE SEED FREEDOM SONG VANDANA SHIVA INVITED HER TO CREATE FOR THE MOVEMENT (SEE HER SING HERE) THE NEW SONG IS NOT RECORDED YET :


Vandana Shiva flyer 13th Oct

NOW SOLD OUT! It is possible to be on the waiting list, just click and add your name in the right space. See you on the 5th for the FESTIVAL!
https://www.eventbrite.com/event/3822408928

WE ARE VERY ALL VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING THESE EXCITING EVENTS WITH YOU AND TO INCREASE AND DEEPEN OUR IMPACT TOGETHER

IN SOLIDARITY

AZUL, JO, JACK, ANTONY  AND MANY……………………. 🙂

‘Seed Unto Seed’ a Purposeful song for the 5th Oct Festival

When we started this project of creating a Freedom Seed Bank in London last Oct 2012 a beautiful friend Caroline David created a song about our Seeds.  She now gardens the intention that all of us will sing it and Be it…to then pass it on…and on…and on…like a Free Seed.  So here it is so we can all familiarise ourselves for the Festival on the 5th Oct.

Seed Unto Seed

In freedom’s name, in freedom claim,
Seed unto seed, seed unto seed,
In freedom sow, in freedom grow,
Seed unto seed, seed unto seed.

From age to age, from seed to seed,
From hand to hand, from deed to deed
This bounteous Earth each season feeds,
Each season feeds her children’s children.
Seeds of healing, seeds of health,
These are the seeds of life itself,
Their patent is the common wealth.
The common wealth of our children’s children

If you would break an honest man,
Corrupt the seeds that green his land,
Then bond him more than he can stand
And so enslave his children’s children.
You men of shadows, you men of greed,
That which you sow you’ll not be here to reap,
Death even now your legacy,
Death unto our children’s children.

You seed in anger, you seed enraged,
Rise up, defend the heirloom of our age,
And vow that Seed shall never be a cage,
Never be a cage for our children’s children.
And when my body brings me down,
Lay me in the seeds I’ve saved and found,
So break the curse and bless the ground,
Bless the ground for our children’s children .

Tunes: Banks Of The Ohio; O Waly Waly; This Land Is Your Land: Seed Unto Seed- Collective singing

Lyric written by Caroline David for the launch of London Freedom Seed Bank may be
freely reproduced on a not-for-profit basis, acknowledge sources.
Copyright Caroline David 2012. All rights reserved.

Enquiries: carolinedavid@live.co.uk

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Join us at the Freedom Seed Bank Festival 5 October 2013!

Seed Bank Festival Flyer 2013You are warmly invited to the first LONDON FREEDOM SEED BANK Festival!

Saturday 5th October 2013, 2-6pm
Passing Clouds
1 Richmond Road, Dalston, London E8 4AA

Free entry – donations welcome

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The festival is a celebration of seed.  A celebration of the abundance and wonder of nature.  A celebration of freedom to nurture and grow the plants you like.  A celebration of our ability to work in synergy with nature.  A celebration of the opportunity to reclaim and relearn skills in selecting and saving seed that many city dwellers may have forgotten, or never had.   A celebration of meeting and learning with other inspired London seed savers.

PROGRAMME

2pm.  Introduction and speakers 

Azul-Valerie Thome: Co-founder of FOOD from the SKY and London Freedom Seed Bank
Teresa Anderson, International Advocacy Co-ordinator for the Gaia Foundation who produced the film Seeds of Freedom will be talking about: The importance of seed, how our relationship to seed and agriculture has changed in recent decades, and why we need to reclaim seed diversity and seed knowledge.
3pm  Presentation of seeds to the Freedom Seed Bank!

4pm Food and drink

5pm Green Kite Ceilidh band


If you have saved seed this year come and be one of the first to make a seed donation to the London Seed bank.  If you don’t have seed to donate,  don’t feel left out,  this festival is for you too!

  • Come to celebrate the wonderful world of seed
  • hear speakers talking about the importance of seed saving and seed knowledge worldwide
  • meet and learn from other growers and seed savers
  • eat delicious local fresh vegetarian food
  • and celebrate with a fabulous Green Kite Ceilidh band.

Do you have something you’d like to contribute?  We’d love you to join us ….   help with promotion,  songs,  art, hands on help at our festival and of course seeds are all very welcome.  Contact us at freedomseedbank@gmail.com