Yesterday afternoon we headed over to Whitmuir Community Farm to take part in a joint event between Whitmuir and Food Communities.org where people were invited to visit the 2000m2 project at the farm and to bring homemade produce and seeds to swap with each other. I gingerly took my boxes of seeds out into the garden and shook the spiders out – thankfully I had LOADS to take (seeds not spiders)!
I’ve spent a lot of time at the farm over the past year or so, not just as a customer but also taking part in Field of Enquiry, a series of workshops exploring the food system involving some of our finest scientists, nutritionists, ecologists, advisors and farmers. It’s the perfect place to host this kind of event.
I’ve only recently been introduced to Adam from Food Communities but it’s been impressive to see the tireless work he’s put into growing communities of people passionate about growing food and sharing in the produce with others. It was great to finally meet him in person (he also hails from the West Country so I’m immediately biased, his good works aside 🙂
We started with a bit of back history from Whitmuir’s Heather Anderson and a wee tour of the farm, the livestock, the produce being grown and the community food waste recycling project then, it was inside to get some food (the last of the produce that had been frozen from last year), there was a fermentation workshop and then begin the food and seed swapping.
It was great – I took loads of little envelopes so we were all able to take small amounts of lots of different seeds so I’ve brought back a few things to try that I probably wouldn’t have bought a whole packet of – Patty Pan Squash and Aubergine specifically. I also came back with some cake (for Sandy), some milk kefir bread, some potatoes, some homemade fat balls for the birds, and some snowdrops. A total win!
The best bit of it all though – the sense of community and sharing – priceless!