As the Freedom FEASTival draws nearer and festival goers prepare to sit down to meet, greet and eat, our Artist in Residence Jerome Whittingham has been exploring the vegetable patches of Hull.
Jerome has the pleasure of witnessing the process of how homegrown produce makes its journey from soil to table and documents the impact gardening is having on the wider community.
It seems that not only does growing your own food benefit your health, gardening appears to have a greater social impact than initially expected. The social life surrounding potting and planting is explained by Jerome:
“These people have freed themselves from the ‘added value’, ‘pre-washed’, ’plastic-wrapped’, ‘pingable in 5 minutes’ meals that are marketed to the sophisticated consumer. These people are finding neighbours, making friends, building communities – by sharing something deliciously simple, home-grown food.”
This week we follow Wendy Gregory, a grower at the Community Garden Guerrillas, a group which grows crops at Hull Community Farm.
Wendy said: “Our mission was to go into the community and try to spread the word of how easy it is to grow your own vegetables and your own food. It really is incredibly simple to get started with your own plant journey.”
From BBQs to distributing pizzas from the farm’s pizza oven, produce grown by the Garden Guerrillas is shared within the community on special evenings where people can come together and connect over fresh, tasty food. It is no surprise that this green-fingered group are ready to tackle a larger scale event and bring a piece of their homegrown community spirit, along with their harvest to the Freedom FEASTival.
What else do the Garden Guerrillas get up to? Find out more in Jerome’s podcast here:
Inspired by Wendy’s volunteering experience? Check out the Community Garden Guerrillas Facebook page to get involved.
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