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Sharing a Passion for Food: Culture Kitchen 2005 ‘Excellent day, lots of good fun.’ Anurara Bibi ‘Inspiring to meet other people from other organisations.’ Nazma Begum ‘I was happy to watch the display of vegetables at the Culture Kitchen entrance growing as more people arrived with their harvest.’ Khayrun Nessa ‘Inspired by the food – cooking it and eating it.’ ‘Inspired by the colour of the displays, the diversity of the show, the gardens at Capel Manor and the splendid weather’. Angela Hepworth ‘A great day of inspiration, promoting awareness of a healthy life, respect for ourselves, each other and the planet.’ Lynette Patterson. ‘It wore my energetic seven year old out – he fell fast asleep on the journey home… unheard of!’ Effie Jordan ‘We’ll be talking about this all the way home up the M1 in our minibus back home to Sheffield.’ Clare Noble Culture Kitchen is a celebration for WEN’s local food project. It offers a unique opportunity for growers, their families and friends to come together. Food from growing sites is brought to the event and prepared by participants for all to share in this global locally-grown feast. The event is open to all with a passion for food – the growing, cooking, eating and celebrating. See http://www.wen.org.uk/local_food/CKgallery05.htm for photo gallery. For more information about the local food project, our training and support work contact Clare Joy 020 7481 9004, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.wen.org.uk Contents Introduction to WEN’s 2005 Culture Kitchen The day in pictures Programme of activities Participation Feedback Next steps Final budget This year’s Culture Kitchen would not have been possible without specific financial support from: The Tedworth Trust and the Association of Local Government (ALG). Cultivating the Future, WEN’s local food project, is currently supported by: Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), The Olive Tree Trust and The Sheepdrove Trust At the height of the 2005 harvest season, over 200 food growers came together to celebrate cultural diversity with taste. ‘Culture Kitchen’, is an annual event organised by the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN). It brings together cultures, communities and cooking in a celebration of local food grown by women and families across the UK. Home-grown vegetables, herbs and fruit were brought to Capel Manor Horticultural College, North London by groups that participate in WEN’s local food project. This project, set up in 2000, aims to support inner-city groups of women to develop their organic food growing skills. The groups involved in WEN’s network are as diverse as the inner-city populations they represent. The success of Culture Kitchen has its roots in the power of food to unite groups who may not normally come together. The day is centred around the shared preparation of lunch. This year, the Madras Café coordinated the cooking, and worked with over 30 volunteers, chopping, spicing and talking about food preparation and culinary tastes. Cultural rituals and attitudes were shared by the chopping board. The feast preparation brought generations of women and men together. Alongside this informal networking, groups were also encouraged to spend time chatting to each other around tables as they waited for food. Shahana Begum, of Bradford’s Community Environmental Project (BCEP), who works with women’s allotment projects in the city, described how her highlight was conversations with Lutfun Hussain, coordinator of Spitalfield Farm’s Coriander Club. ‘This happened because there was space to sit down and simply chat.’ Culture Kitchen seeks to strike a balance between informal get-together, which also included a chance to walk around Capel Manor’s exhibition gardens, and organised workshops. These sessions explore culture, art and rituals around food. Throughout the day, participants contributed to a rangoli art display. Visual artist Madhumita Bose used the colour of rice, spice and pulses to create a traditional Hindu harvest design. Medical herbalist Mara Baughman presented cultural and traditional uses of herbs in a basic kitchen pharmacy. Participants were also invited to ‘be a fruity beauty’, organised by WEN and make chemical free products with everyday kitchen ingredients. Food growing empowers individuals to take control of a basic necessity. It brings people out of their homes and in to contact with the diverse community around them. WEN’s local food projects encourages groups to grow food together and offer support and encouragement to each other. Events such as Culture Kitchen are valuable tools for bringing communities together. Opportunities to cook together, sharing recipes and stories about food can unite groups across cultures and generations. WEN’s food project sees its roots in events such as this; where local food, the growing, the cooking, eating and celebrating, enriches community. This introduction to the event was published in the following journal: Diversity: Black and minority ethnic participation in social and therapeutic horticulture published in Growth Point, The Journal of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, issue 103, winter 2005 [Available from Thrive, www.thrive.org.uk] WHAT’S ON AT THE CULTURE KITCHEN Annual feast inspired by local food growing Saturday 24 September 2005, 11am – 5pm Capel Manor Horticultural College, Enfield Enjoy performance story telling with one of the country’s leading female artists, participate in recycling and food art, get to know WEN’s campaigns, be inspired by local food projects and meet other growers. The highlight of the day is the Culture Kitchen vegetarian lunch at 1pm, prepared with your help, by the Madras Café. Throughout the day look around Capel Manor’s gardens, which include an organic garden, and enjoy the atmosphere of London’s City Farms annual ‘City Harvest’ event which includes children’s activities and an inner-city farms animal show. WEN large marquee WEN teepee (2) Ongoing activities (with Culture Kitchen) 11.00 Cook with the Madras Café (1) Workshop : More from Join in Rangoli art. Less WEN’s waste (3) campaign. 12.00 Demonstration: Plant Cultures Workshop: Compost- Rangoli art. with Bradford Community tastic with WEN in Waste art Environment Project. (4) conjunction with installation. (6) Ecoactive. (5) 1.00 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH The feast: A long, informal lunch. Meet people and enjoy. 2.30 JAN BLAKE: PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING FOR DIGESTION (7) 3.00 Demonstration: Grow a basic Workshop: Toxic Tour Rangoli art. kitchen pharmacy with Mara with WEN’s health Waste art. Baughman. (8) campaign. Ecoactive composting. 4.00 Workshop: Fruity Rangoli art. Beauty part of WEN’s Waste art. health campaign. 5.00 GOOD BYES + fill in your evaluation form.. for free seeds!!! What’s on?? More detail (1-8) (1) The Madras Café cooking collective will be coordinating the feast preparation, a sumptuous selection of dishes with South Asian and European flavour. As always with the kitchen, they are going to need plenty of hands to help chop. The Madras Café's legendary festival catering raises funds for community based organisations in India, through Action Village India. (2) In the WEN Teepee: Get to know WEN’s campaigns through practical sessions. 11.00 – 12.00 More from Less: WEN’s waste Gather tips on reducing campaign the waste from you shop. Check out your eco- footprint. 12.00 – 1.00 Compost-tastic: WEN’s compost Improve your compost art, exhibition, joined by Ecoactive’s show bring festering queries and on a four wheeled bike. influence others. 3.00 – 4.00 Toxic Tour: WEN’s health What exactly is lurking in campaign wrinkle shrinkers and odour obliterators & how to expose and change this. 4.00 – 5.00 Be a Fruity Beauty Learn how to make your own chemical free products with everyday kitchen ingredients. (3) Throughout the day, visual artist Madhumita Bose will work with participants to demonstrate Hindu Rangoli Art. Using the colour of rice, spice and pulses she will create a traditional harvest design representing the sun’s and nature’s energies. (4) Bradford Community Environment Project will be demonstrating the project’s Plant Cultures work. Stories collected from Bradford about plants with South Asian association will be blended with practical input on growing the food. (5) North London’s Ecoactive compost unit is an education display on a four- wheeled bicycle. The Ecoactive unit will be around throughout the day. (6) Weaving away waste in recycling art. Join waste-not sculptor Kitty Schuchhard and contribute to her colourfully woven patterns of waste. (7) Jan Blake has an international reputation for dynamic, witty, exciting storytelling. Specialising in stories from Africa and the Caribbean Jan is currently one of Europe’s leading female storytellers. Sit back, relax and digest with her after-lunch performance. (8) Qualified medical herbalist Mara Baughman will explore the cultural and traditional uses of herbs. Mara has published a popular book in Bengali and English, ‘Back to your Roots’ about herbal remedies. She works with community groups across London. Come celebrate: Culture Kitchen Culture Kitchen is the celebration for WEN’s local food project. It offers a unique opportunity for growers, their families and friends to come together. Food from growing sites is brought to the event and prepared by participants for all to share in this global locally-grown feast. The event is open to all with a passion for food – the growing, cooking, eating and celebrating. Participation Attendance at this year’s Culture Kitchen was beyond all expectations. Madras Café’s estimate was that they served 230 meals. The venue was set up for 170 to sit at tables and chairs. The marquee was at full capacity with many participants sitting outside of the marquee on the grass enjoying the food and the sunshine. This year’s Culture Kitchen was different. First it was held alongside the London City Farms and Community Gardens annual ‘City Harvest’ event. This event brings London’s city farms to Capel Manor for a weekend of activities and competitions. On Saturday 24 September, it was open to the public and this included participants in the WEN Culture Kitchen. Organisers of this event commented on how the WEN event brought a whole new group of people to their activities. Second, the event was held in Capel Manor’s grounds. The kitchen and workshop areas were set up in a 60ft x 90ft marquee. A teepee and outdoor space also accommodated workshops. This involved working with a very different space to previous events and using a mobile kitchen. Logistically this meant a lot more organisation and weather worries. However a very sunny day gave the event a real inner city ‘festival’ feel. Geographically, Capel Manor college is on London’s northern edge, in the Borough of Enfield. This was useful for groups attending by road from outside of London as it was not necessary to drive through the city. For London groups, this did pose travel dilemmas, especially for some of the inner-city projects that WEN works more closely with. To encourage wider participation, from both London and across the country, WEN increased the travel budget in order to contribute to the cost for those travelling to the event by community minibuses. WEN organised community transport in collaboration with local organisers from four locations. These were the London Borough of Waltham Forest (which brought 3 community growing groups), London Borough of Croydon, Bradford (Bradford Community Environment Project’s Bengali women’s allotment group) and Sheffield (Local Enterprises Around Food – LEAF). We had planned community transport from the Borough of Tower Hamlets, but these groups made their own way. Two groups from Tower Hamlets came, the Coriander Club from Spitalfields City Farm and New Avenues Somali women’s group. Other groups involved in the WEN network attended. These were mainly groups from London. This included Regeneration Edmonton, Kenley Walk community plot (West London), Organiclea community growers (Waltham Forest), Growing Communities (Hackney). In total around 20 groups, or individuals from groups in the ‘Taste of a Better Future Network’, participated in the event. Several growing groups who are currently not part of the WEN network attended. This included Blooming Marvellous gardening club (Leytonstone), Forest Farm Peace Garden (Redbridge), Southwark Bengali women’s group and New Avenues Somali Women’s group (Tower Hamlets). The event attracted organisers from national growing projects, such as the HDRA’s ‘Organic Food for All’ programme and Sustain’s ‘London Food Links’. Apologies were received from officers of various national projects, such as Thrive and Black Environmental Network. Individuals with an interest in food growing attended. Most had heard about the event through WEN’s publicity and they brought friends and family along . Feedback In terms of organising format, the event was designed with five different working styles. 1) Participative, ‘drop-in’ workshops Cooking for the shared meal 11-1pm Madras Café coordinated the food preparation. Volunteers were encouraged to participate in the chopping and cooking. 30 people participated over the two hours. During this time, Vibha Osbourne from Madras Café led this session and contributed to discussion about the flavourings and style of food in preparation. This ‘joint preparation of food’ was described in several evaluations as the ‘most inspiring part of the day’. Southwark Bengali women’s groups brought a selection of snacks for the meal. They shared information about the food they had prepared. Their interest in the event came from their connection with Vauxhall City Farm. All evaluations rated the food that was prepared as ‘wonderful’. This was particularly important as there were many cultural tastes to cater for. Both the Madras Café and the Southwark Bengali Women’s group created tastes which appealed to the hot spicy pallet, the no-so-hot and those who appreciate the extra taste of home grown produce. One 85 year old participant from Stevenage, a father who had come along with his food growing daughter, noted how he wasn’t, ‘much into spicy food, but this was a curry he would never forget.’ ‘Culture Kitchen’s food was amazing and definitely maintained everybody’s spirits’, Zeenat Anjari, Sustain ‘Much enjoyed the Cultural Kitchen lunch – many thanks’, Kathleen Earley, Gardening Which. Rangoli art display As the food was being prepared, food was also being used to create a traditional hindu harvest art piece in the dining area. Taking a floor space of 2m x 2m, the creation of this display involved around 45 participants, women and children of all ages. It remained a centre piece as the queue for food wove around it, and children helped themselves to its fruit afterwards. Plant Cultures The Bradford Community Environmental Project (BCEP) held a drop-in session were plant stories contributed to a national ‘Plant Cultures’ project, were shared. This involved talking about the diversity of food stories from the city and a practical; planting ginger, turmeric and mango. LEAF from Sheffield found this session extremely interesting as it related to work that they are doing in their city. Waste-not sculpture Weaving patterns out of waste material was a great activity for children and over 40 children participated throughout the day in this colourful outdoor session. It was a fabulous attraction and the colours of the materials attracted extra visitors to the WEN tent. Alongside the Culture Kitchen, were activities organised by the London Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) whose annual City Harvest event was also taking place. Those attending the WEN event were able to participate in these activities. 2) Formal workshops Scheduled throughout the day were more formal workshop times. 32 attended the compost demonstration and talk. 26 attended the kitchen pharmacy 19 attended the fruity beauty workshop. ‘A great day of inspiration, promoting awareness of a healthy life, respect for ourselves, each other and the planet’, Lynette Patterson, Croydon. 3) Informal networking Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to meet each other and share their project ideas. This took place as people were preparing food. There were tables and chairs made available all day – where Culture Kitchen participants mixed with each other. The setting of Capel Manor gardens also provided an opportunity for participants to look at this working horticultural college gardens, while talking about their work. ‘Inspiring to meet other people from other organisations.’ Nazma Begum, Bradford. Shahana Begum, of Bradford’s Community Environmental Project (BCEP), who works with women’s allotment projects in the city, described how her highlight was conversations with Lutfun Hussain, coordinator of Spitalfield Farm’s Coriander Club. ‘This happened because there was space to sit down and simply chat.’ 4) Displays Food brought to the kitchen was on display in the early morning. Six projects brought displays of their work. These were visited by all participants and others form the FCFCG event. This meant that over 350 people passed through the Culture Kitchen space. Ecoactive, a community environmental education team from North London, brought their quad-cycle compost display. This was visited by around 150 participants. WEN’s compost display attracted around 300 participants throughout the day. Several feedback forms indicated that the ‘display of vegetables at the Culture Kitchen entrance’, was the most inspiring aspect of the day for them. ‘I was inspired by the colour of displays, the super pictures of local projects and the publicity material available about food growing.’ Angela Hepworth, Stevenage. 5) Presentations and performance After the meal, the plan was to have half an hour’s performance poetry in the main marquee for the 200 participants. This was designed to bring the whole group together for a short time. The inspiration behind the day was also presented by WEN’s local food coordinator. Unfortunately, the artist was sick and cancelled at the last minute. However, if organising again, this is activity would be integrated into the programme. Next steps Culture Kitchen is an inspiring event. Events such as Culture Kitchen are valuable tools for bringing communities together. Opportunities to cook together, sharing recipes and stories about food can unite groups across cultures and generations. The event’s aim to integrate art into this celebration offers further possibilities for inclusion and cultural celebration. Following the success of 2005’s event, WEN is currently seeking funding for the following in 2006: 1) Culture Kitchen’ event in Tower Hamlets, East London. This will take place on the 29 March 2006, co-organised with The Coriander Club. The Coriander Club is a local Bangladeshi women’s food growing group with whom WEN has worked for the past five years. Drawing on our experience of organising national culture kitchen’s we hope this event will have local appeal where women from Tower Hamlets and beyond can: Share food cooking skills. This will be led by the Coriander Club women. Gather food stories and experiences from the women. Facilitated by a local Bangladeshi artist and storyteller. Offer practical advice and support to the women for the coming growing season. Meet other women from outside of London. To this end we will facilitate attendance by a Birmingham women’s growing group, ‘from Concrete to Coriander’, in order to encourage shared inspiration and national networking. 2) The production of a simple guide ‘The How to Guide to Culture Kitchens’, for groups across the country. This will be distributed in June 2006 in order to encourage events in the 2006 harvest season (September/October 2006). 3) We will support four regional Culture Kitchens throughout the 2006 harvest season. FINANCIAL INFORMATION – December 2005 Final budget from Women’s Environment Network (WEN) – annual Culture Kitchen EXPENDITURE £ 1] SALARIES / WAGES INCLUDING EMPLOYER'S NI CONTRIBUTIONS i) Event co-ordinator 300 x 10 days 3,000 ii) Publicity co-orindation 300 x 1 day 300 iii) Graphic designer [posters and cards for the day] 326 SUB-TOTAL 3,626 2] ADMINISTRATION Telephone 78 Post 99 Stationery (not publicity), photocopying, printing etc. 106 SUB-TOTAL 283 3] OVERHEADS Rent / Rates (if applicable) 237 Equipment maintenance (if applicable) 37 Heating / lighting (if applicable) 13 SUB-TOTAL 287 4] DIRECT COSTS OF ACTIVITIES Cost of workshops: Cooking participative workshop – Sensetrade, including materials 300 Rangoli art workshop 298 Kitchen pharmacy workshop 250 Cuisiners - Southwark Bengali Women’s group 342 Story telling performance 194 Publicity: Posters, leaflets 603 BME community outreach consultant 344 Post (for newsletters, leaflets, posters, invites for specific productions) 99 Hire: Marquee + dining tables – Capel Manor College 1484 Outdoor kitchen, set up and use of equipment – Madras cafe 700 Recycled crockery – cups 43 PA system 50 Travelling – organising costs: Community transport hire from Tower Hamlets with minibus 98 Volunteer and staff travel expenses 36 Travel for cuisiners - Southwark Bengali women’s group 40 Transport: Croydon community transport 45 Bradford community transport – contribution to costs 150 Sheffield community transport – contribution to costs 150 Waltham Forest transport 42 Translation of publicity materials, interpreters fees. 90 Photographer and photo developing 200 SUB-TOTAL 5558 5] ANY OTHER COSTS (please specify) Crèche workers 75 SUB-TOTAL 75 TOTAL EXPENDITURE 9829