Glasgow Harvest

Glasgow Harvest 2012
July 28th 12-4pm

As part of Culture Kitchen this year Glasgow Harvest marked the opening of Greyfriars Garden, the Merchant City’s new community growing space with SAGE (Sow and Grow Everywhere) during the Merchant City Festival. Building on the success of the previous two years Glasgow Harvest, in collaboration with arts charity NVA and a growing number of local partners, delivered a free celebration of local food hosting pop-up cooking stalls and workshops.

Over 800 people attended the celebration with activities including apple pressing with Scottish Orchards, illustrator Emily Chappell hosted some block-printing workshops and participants made seed frisbees with The Hidden Gardens. Local chefs, Seamus MacInnes of Café Gandolfi and Graeme Gemmell of Jamie’s Italian offered free tastings sourced from local produce and the Fife Diet Seed Truck brought their brand new Smoothie Bike and launched their new Take Away Salad Boxes (with thanks to Vegware). Local tea house Tchai Ovna also served up some delicious brews and music from Yuptae entertained people as they milled about This for That, a home-grown, money-free exchange market commissioned by the Hidden Gardens. This international collaboration between artists Alex Wilde and Annechien Meier also served as a place for exchange of ideas and skills.

This year Oxfam Scotland also supported the event as it displayed a strong relation to their current GROW campaign for a fairer food system. Many community growing projects participated in the day, including Grow Green with Glasgow’s East End, Parkhead Community Garden, Love Milton, Urban Roots, Woodlands Community Garden, Crownpoint Community Garden and Dennistoun Diggers, Glasgow Allotments Forum, Playbusters, Glasgow Wood Recycling, Locavore, Stitch up, and the Neilston Development Trust.

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Illustrations by James Quail
Photographs by Craig Speirs