Climate Friendly Food CIC


Resource authors: Michelle Bastian
Project: Memories of ‘Mr Seel’s Garden’: Engaging with historic and future food systems in Liverpool

Jenny Griggs at the Memories of Mr Seel’s Garden Show and Tell in January 2013 talks about her lottery-funded project in St. Helens which offered the experience of growing and nurturing food plants to locals with disabilities, health problems and unemployment. With the current interest in growing food locally, including long waiting lists for allotments and many new community ‘Growers’ groups, we explored the history of local food in Liverpool to see what other surprises might be lurking around Liverpool. Volunteer and academic researchers used a combination of research methodologies – oral history, archive research and site identification/ documentation – to build up a multi-layered picture of the changing nature of food systems in Liverpool. The data gathered from each of these activities is now available on a web page and also fed into a variety of creative projects. The main aim of the project was to explore how engaging local communities with the changing patterns of urban food production might contribute to current grassroots efforts within Liverpool to raise awareness around current food issues.

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