Grow Sheffield uses artistic practice and arts activities to engage people with food growing, and vice versa. We run a wide range of artistic and food growing activities, and help support similar events and activities run by others in Sheffield.
This year we are celebrating our ten year anniversary with something different –
Soup in the City!
Grow Sheffield and Abundance is to celebrate the 10 year anniversary with a special Allotment Soup on Saturday 1st October. This year we shall be matching artists not to allotment plots but to growing spaces in the city centre.
Centred on the Union St co-working base, the event starts at 11am with the first of a series of circular walks led by writer and artist Carmel Page, visiting, and celebrating with a story, growing spaces on the roofes Union St itself, on Sydney Stand the Rutland Arms.
Back at our Union St base, there will be a variety of soups (from Allotment produce naturally) served throughout the day, seed saving, cordial making and art workshops and of course Abundance apple juicing… Other attractions will include a pop up orchard, tree and chutney sales, music from a ukulele band and a mini art display on the theme of growing fruit and veg.
Grow Sheffield and Union St will be celebrating their common ethos around promoting local, independent and ethical food with a demonstration of the GS Sheffield Food Network. The event will draw to a close about 5.30 pm and later we shall retire back to the Rutland Arms to celebrate the day.
Allotment Soup has been held on the following allotment sites:
2015 & 2014 – Manor Allotments
2013 – Grimesthorpe Allotments Read report
2012 – Morley Street Allotments. Read report
2011 – LEAF / Norwood Allotments. Read the blog (photos by Ruthie Ford) and view time-lapse construction of the Pallet Privy!
2010 – Rivelin Valley
2009 – Broomhall
2008 – Meersbrook Allotments
2007 – Crookes Quarry
Grow Sheffield’s annual creative and artistic harvest celebration that takes place at a different Sheffield allotment site each year to celebrate food growing and allotment culture. It aims to:
- demonstrate the links between culture and agri-culture – the role of creativity and the arts in engaging with our environment in particular growing food and the seasonal cycles.
Growers are invited to open up their plot to host an installation or event as part of Allotment Soup. The artists/performers/poets are encouraged to respond to the particular space in which they are working i.e. creating new, original work in response to the site and the season.
ALSO ALLOTMENT SOUP AIMS TO:
- encourage greater interest in allotments and other growing spaces and local food growing, get people in the outdoors, encouraging community cohesion and interaction, and nurture greater understanding and awareness of the natural world
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