Monday, 2 August 2010

Glasgow Harvest

There's a huge resurgence of interest in gardening across Scotland at the moment. Tapping into that, public arts organisation NVA is hosting the first ever Glasgow Harvest – a celebration of all that is home-produced and edible - on Saturday 28th August at Tramway’s wonderful Hidden Gardens. There will be loads going on! Highlights of the day will include:

Live soup cooking from Glasgow’s allotment communities, using vegetables they’ve grown over the summer.

A mass open-air meal prepared using as many home-grown ingredients as possible.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish featuring some of their home-grown produce to contribute to the spread.

The Jam Wall - people are asked to bring a pot of their home-made preserve to add to the evolving installation of home-made jams, colour graded from black (currant) through to lemon (yellow). Preservers can match up with growers who have windfall harvests at a special Jam Dating Agency http://bit.ly/JamDatingAgency.

Giant Vegetable Displays –a florist will make bouquets and displays of favourite vegetables.

85A’s Herbaceous Barbershop – this artist collective’s barbershop is full of 'punk herb caps' such as the ‘cress Chelsea-cut’ or the ‘chive Mohawk’ for you to pick up and continue growing.

Creative Container Challenge – Grow something in an unusual container or in a pot you’ve decorated yourself, bring the container along to Harvest and you could win a cash prize.

Glasgow Harvest is part of SAGE – Sow And Grow Everywhere – NVA’s long-term capital project to develop a legacy of increased urban farming in Glasgow.

More Information on the NVA website.

11 comments:

sandy, from gardenpath said...

There seems to be the same sort of thing going on here. I like the idea, don't you? Lots of people, Barbara Kingsolver, for one are writing about the movement.

leavesnbloom said...

Grow your own is really in vogue these days.

bunnygirl said...

That's pretty cool. We've seen a lot of farmer's markets spring up around here in the last couple of years, but I'm not aware of any events like you describe.

Titus said...

At last! Something over my side for once! How can I find the gardens if they're hidden...?

I'll follow the link.

Titus said...

Oh, sounds really cool. Going to try and make it.

Glenna said...

What are allotment communities? It sounds wonderful--we could learn some things around here--we have farmer's markets, but not nearly as much interest and participation as we should.

Rabbits' Guy said...

We live in a great spot with many "Farmers Markets", Community Gardens, allotments, small organic farms, buy local, etc etc ... amazing what people can grow and sell!

I think it helps to have a core of people who want to do that and can publicize and organize. I think Detroit is doing a lot of this now ...

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh - there was a local story today about some hay fields that were sprayed with an herbicide to manage some weeds. Cows ate the hay, and the manure was composted and spread on some organic crops and killed most of them :<(

Deb G said...

Oh this sounds like fun! I'm visualizing all the jars/pots of jam lined up...

Naquillity said...

this sounds like a wonderful gathering. jams, vegetables and decorated containers all part of a great event. we have farmer's markets around here and i've heard they're nice. i've not made it to one yet, sigh... hope all is well.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Glenna - allotment sites are sites where several people have patches of gardens - each patch is an allotment, the allotment community is the group of people who garden at the same allotment site.