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Riverside Market Garden – behind the scenes

If you’ve ever been to the Riverside Market, you’ll have noticed the Riverside Market Community Garden stall. They sell fresh produce and also provide veg boxes for very reasonable prices for local folks. The produce comes from a little further afield than Riverside though – to trace these leaves and roots back to … well, their roots … you’ll have to travel over to St Hilary. Veronika Merkova headed over there to take some snaps (pre snow!) to show you where those green bits come from.

To see the full album, visit the We Are Cardiff Facebook photo album: Riverside Market Community Garden

Find out more about the Riverside Market Garden on Facebook

There is a very lovely feature on Veronika here on Together and Sunspell – Veronika Merkova

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Love Your Clothes Swap Shop – looking for volunteers

The wonderful folks at Green City Events are putting on another mega clothes swap at the end of October. They’re looking for volunteers to help out in the run up. Do you have a couple of hours you could spare? Want to meet some super lovely people and feel smug about doing your bit to keep down landfill?

Here’s how you can help!

clothes_swap

Weds 5th October 6-7pm – Community meeting at Plasnewydd community centre to share ideas about the event and get locals involved. Clothes Swap Community Meeting event Facebook event

Mon 24th – Fri 28th October 5-7.30pm – Evening drop offs at the shipping container outside Plasnewydd community centre. Collect clothes and give out swap shop tokens.

Friday 28th October 4pm onwards – Afternoon/eve of setting up the event. This is usually lots of fun and we feed you pizza! Plus we let you pick a few items.

Saturday 29th October 9.30am-5pm– Main event at Plasnewydd Community centre. We don’t expect you to be able to stay all day but if you can that’s great!

They are also looking for people that have some clothes fixing skills, basic sewing and like a bit of upcycling to help out and run some drop in workshops on the day so let them know if you have any of those skills to share!

More information:

Green City website
Green City Facebook
@greencityevents Twitter

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Cardiff’s pedal powered outdoor film festival, 4-5 September – tickets just £1!

After the success of the Shelley Gardens Community Food Festival and the Exchange In Roath clothes swap, Green City Events and Cynefin Cardiff have teamed up with a number of local businesses and community organisations to host Cardiff’s first Pedal-Powered Outdoor Film Festival. Woo!

pedal powered film festival 2015

Volunteers will be using their cycling skills to bring classic family friendly films and international comedies to Plasnewydd Community Centre, so you can sit back and enjoy an eco-friendly summer film outdoors in the fresh air.

On Friday 4 September there will be a screening of 80s Czech comedy Slunce, Seno A Pár Facek, which follows the story of a self-centred king who comes to learn the error of his ways when he tries to measure how much each of his three daughters loves him. This will be followed on Saturday 5 September by a matinee screening of Disney classicThe Lion King and an evening screening of Cool Runnings – the ultimate family-friendly underdog comedy that was inspired by the true story of Jamaica’s first bobsleigh team.

pedal powered film festival 2015

It isn’t just about the films, however, as local Jamaican street food aficionados Jerk It will be serving up some tasty Caribbean treats during the screening.

“We love to support local businesses at our events and this is just another example” explains Green City Event’s Becca Clark, “plus I popped in there today and the food looked great! It’s really going to add to the atmosphere of the event!”

Look out for some other exciting surprises and announcements coming soon including a competition to win VIP seat upgrades including free food!

The best part of the film festival is that tickets are only £1 for each screening. This means you can see a film and not only feel good about supporting local communities and encouraging eco-friendly events, but also leave happy knowing that you haven’t burnt a hole in your pocket.

BASIC INFORMATION:

Tickets: £1 per person. You can buy tickets from Green City Events or inside Plasnewydd Community Centre.

Location: Plasnewydd Community Centre, Shakespeare Street CF24 3ES

Screenings:
SLUNCE, SENO A PÁR FACEK
Friday 4 September, 7pm.

THE LION KING*
*(indoor screening)
Saturday 5 September, 1pm

COOL RUNNINGS
Saturday 5 September, 7pm
(this screening will have Jamaican street food provided by Jerk It)

pedal powered film festival 2015

Green City Events

Cynefin Cardiff 

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Sow-a-thon at Cardiff’s Atrium

Last week, I received an invitation to a Facebook event titled Sow-A-Thon at the Atrium, run by Michele Fitzsimmons (under the guise of Edible Landscaping). The event was to kick off a project to create a living display for the end of year graduation show; “to create a display which incorporates huge amounts of plants, props and non-living displays and multimedia projections which work in with the living material.”

Photojournalist Lili Piggot went along to witness the kick-off event…

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

There’s a nice feature on Michele and her work in garden design and other outdoor activities on Gwion Thorpe’s Inspiring Cardiff blog: Michele Fitzsimmons.

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Now the Sow-A-Thon is over, Michele still needs people to help out with creating the living display. All sorts of skills are needed – carpentry, craft skills, painting skills, photography and gardening skills. As well as physical help, Michele also needs help with material and plants, in particular plants in pots that you could loan to the show for example. Things like exterior ply and timber are needed for the raised beds that need to be constructed. Basically if you can think of, she is likely to need it.

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

For more information about the project contact Michele on ediblelandscaping@gmail.com. I can’t wait to see the final display…!

Michele also runs a whole series of courses, from hedgerow foraging to growing a successful fruit garden. See all the courses here: Edible Landscaping – Courses

As an aside… If you’re interested in this sort of thing, then check out this event happening this Saturday 22 March 2014 at Roath’s MADE Gallery: Gut Feelings – a day of fermentation and social imagination: “A day of talks and practical workshops inspired by micro-organisms. Learn how to ferment veg, make sourdough and yoghurt whilst discussing cultural growth on a macro & micro level. Booking essential as places are limited – contact cardiffm.a.d.e@gmail.com or ring 02920 473373”

 

All photographs taken at the Atrium in Cardiff by Lili Piggot. Lili is studying Photojournalism at the University of South Wales: see the departmental Twitter @PhotoJ_USW; Tumblr; see also Photojournalism course info for next year.