This month we’ll be looking for spring tonic herbs. We also have a special musical singing treat:

Communities all over the world sing together – songs of greeting, songs of joy, songs of sorrow, songs to celebrate the seasons are all traditional ‘glue’ that helps binds cultures together. As part of this session’s activities, we’ll weave in a few uplifting songs from around the world and sing them together as a group. Shilpa Shah, trained in the Natural Voice method of song teaching, will lead us in some fun warm up exercises and simple songs which will be enjoyoable and accessible for everyone, whether you feel you’re a musical maestro or if you sing only in the shower.

After walking for around one hour (the route is wheelchair and pushchair accessible) we return to the community centre to sample some spring tonic soup. Please bring other food to share. There will also be a launch of the London Salad resource book and arts activities.

Also bring tupperwares or bags for collecting things in and a good idea from a participant … bring a soup bowl and a spoon of your own.

This walk is part one of the 2 day training course, a further opportunity for anyone wishing to either work more consistently on Invisible Food or set up their own project in a different area. Second day on Saturday April 9th.Click for more details.

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Call 07963 446605 or mail invisiblefood@gmail.com for further info

We’ll walk in any weather so come prepared for the rain and cold. If it your first time, please do give us a call on 07963 446605 to have more of a chat about what’s going to happen.

Start time
11.45am at Loughborough Centre, corner of Barrington Road and Angell Road, SW9 7TP We’ll leave around 12pm.

In February, we beat the winter blues with a party in Myatts Field, with some food prepared by Invisible Food participants. The end of January and the beginning of February is the time of the Fire Festival of Imbolc, when the earth in the northern hemisphere is awakening from the stillness of Winter.

Previous walks:

In November we looked for frost resilient edible plants such as the plentiful chickweed and goosegrass which loves this time of year. Now’s the time to harvest goosgrass while it’s young. We tasted goosegrass seed coffee made with seeds collected in dry July. Back at base we made festive wreaths from evergreen plants and a lavender and rose face cream.

In October we harvested apples and pears on the estate and made plantain cream for rashes and stings. We also had a delicious sri lankan curry made by one of the walk participants.

In August, we collected blackberries from Ruskin Park and added them to a few mulberries from Loughborough Park and sat in Myatts Field for hours while we waited for the jam to reach setting point on a wood burner. Great picnic!

In July, we walked from the Loughborough Estate, Brixton, SW9 to the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, SW2 where we created startling dishes of wild flowers we’d found on the way and ate mallow and hazelnut cake and rosepetal jam.

Ramya is our resident playworker who interacts with the kids and is an extra pair of hands to look out for the children’s safety and enhance their enjoyment of the whole event. Children very very welcome but must be accompanied.

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The aim of Invisible Food is to strengthen social cohesion in disadvantaged areas throughout Lambeth, and specifically in the Coldharbour ward, through engaging with the natural environment. Invisible Food walks and workshops aim to increase opportunities for local residents to contribute their environmental, botanical and culintary knowledge and experience as part of a reskilling process towards a low carbon future.