Hull Seed Swap encourages people to grow their own food

The Hull Seed Swap event encourages people to grow their own vegetables, and to try new varieties.

On Saturday 2nd March between 10:30am and 3pm, Hull Food Partnership is running Hull Seed Swap at Jubilee Central, 62 King Edward Street, Hull, HU1 3SQ.

At the event, which is being supported by the Transition and Permaculture Hull, Jubilee Central and Timebank Hull & East Riding, budding and experienced gardening enthusiasts will have the opportunity to bring along surplus seeds to exchange. 

There’ll also be a cookery demo by Tickton Grange, with their dish “Roots, Shoots, Seeds and Seasonings” using local ingredients, and they’ll be giving out tasters. There will also be seed sowing and veg games for children of all ages. There will be a number of talks from experienced growers on subjects such as ‘Growing Asian vegetables here in the UK’, tips on ‘Getting the most out of your garden’ and ‘Compost teas for the organic grower’. There will also be readings from a group of local writers called ‘The Healing Nature Seeds’. 

Hull Veg City co-ordinator, John Pickles explains: “Hull Seed Swap is one event in our year-long campaign to inspire everyone in Hull to grow, cook and eat more vegetables. Hull has a vibrant allotment culture and at this time of the year growers young and old are making plans and looking forward to the growing season. The seed swap is a great opportunity to not only exchange seeds, but also to swap tips and growing ideas as well. Growing your own produce can be very satisfying and the seed swap aims to encourage people to get involved in improving our food culture around growing fruit and vegetables, growing successfully at home, at allotments or community gardens all round the city.”

The Hull Food Partnership was established in 2017 and works across all sectors of the food system in Hull. Through working together, they support and drive activity to realise a vision of Hull as a Sustainable Food City. Hull Food Partnership is hosted by Rooted in Hull.

The Hull Food Partnership set out their aspirations for the city at the launch of the Hull Food Charter on the 15th of June 2018. The Hull Food Charter has been developed through wide ranging consultations with organisations, businesses and individuals working to tackle key issues we face around food in Hull. The charter sets out our aspirations for Hull, addressing food poverty, better access to fresh and healthy produce, increasing food skills and knowledge and supporting sustainable local food production, procurement and enterprise.

Absolutely Cultured are providing a team of City of Culture volunteers to help the Seed Swap event on Saturday to run smoothly, and Timebank Hull & East Riding will be serving hot drinks and delicious freshly made soups and snacks. Entry to Hull Seed Swap is free.

Website: www.hullfoodpartnership.org.uk/seed-swap

[John Pickles – Hull Veg City]

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