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Connected Seeds Workshops

Do you save your own seeds?

Could you help us set up a community seed-bank at Spitalfields City Farm?

We are looking for participants to take part in 4 workshops in which we will explore practices of seed-saving, storing and sharing – and how technology could help support these practices.

The ultimate aim is to establish a community seed bank at Spitalfields Farm that will allow for the sharing of seeds as well as the stories and growing conditions that created them.

Workshop dates: November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Time: 12:30 – 15:00 (Vegetarian lunch included)

Location: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London, E1 5AR

For inquiries please contact Sara:  07800736525  or email : s.heitlinger@qmul.ac.uk

These workshops are part of a research project in partnership with Spitalfields City Farm and Garden Organic, looking at how digital technology can support sustainable food-growing in the city.

First farm meeting

On Thursday 1st of October we started the project with a bang, at Spitalfields City Farm. A beautiful day, we sat in the sun surrounded by by the bounty of the community gardens. The meeting was an opportunity to introduce the project to the farm partners and also to the academic steering committee.

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Brassicas and saltbush

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Pumpkins and beans

As part of our community-based Participatory Design methodology, we will start with 4 workshops this November to find out what kinds of data (qualitative – e.g. stories, tips, histories –  and quantitative – e.g. humidity, light, temperature) will be useful to incorporate in our “smart” seed-bank.

We are also planning a trip to the Sussex community seed bank to see how they do things there. Sussex community seed bank

The meeting ended with a delicious lunch cooked by farm staff, with vegetables produced at the farm.

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Lutfun’s amazing treasure chest of seeds – mainly Bangladeshi vegetables

Drying seeds in the polytunnel

Drying seeds in the polytunnel

 

Hamed having way too much fun

Hamed having way too much fun