Our entire lives depend on seed. Almost all of the food we eat starts out as a seed – from the vegetables, fruits and roots we grow, to the bread we bake, the milk we make and even our meat, which comes primarily from animals that live on food grown from seed. Despite the central role seed plays in our daily existence, we seldom recognise its importance and that it is coming under increasing threat both here in the UK and globally.
That is why this October, events will be taking place across the UK to celebrate an overlooked, but critically important part of our food system: the humble seed. The Great Seed Festival – the first of its kind – is being held to recognise and celebrate the importance of seed from the pip to the plate.
Festival events will take place across the country throughout the month, and over the weekend of the 10th – 12th October, London will play host to a hub of free activities including chocolate making workshops, seed bomb building and a seed themed feast at The Garden Museum on the bank of the Thames in Lambeth. Through workshops, art, talks, storytelling and film aimed at all ages, the festival will bring together audiences to understand why seed is so vital in our everyday lives, and why we should be protecting it.
Helen Strong, Coordinator of the Festival, explains: “The Great Seed Festival is an exciting collaboration between food justice organisations, artists, farmers, growers and chefs, all coming together to inspire audiences and highlight the connection between seed and food. October is the perfect time for the Festival because it’s harvest time, Food Sovereignty Month and takes in World Food Day on the 16th, when we will be offering a very special Feast curated by Moro-trained chef, Alice Parr and set designer, Alice Hodge.”
She continues: “Despite the central role seed plays in our daily existence, we seldom recognise its importance and that it is coming under increasing threat both here in the UK and globally. We want to change this and get more people engaged in securing the future of our food.”
- Find out more at greatseedfestival.co.uk