Went for a sniff-around and was greeted warmly even though the shop/cafe/cinema didn’t open until 11 am. A magical humid place indeed in a gorgeous olde worlde house just next to tatty CLR James Library. All modernised and ready for cafe customers where the tea is a £1 so that gives a marker to the cost of the nutritious food and lattes. Not dear. Well, it is Dalston. There’s a Vegan cafe on the next turning and that needs some investigation and sampling too. What’s doubly nice is that the Farm.shop is opposite the wonderful Dalston Eastern Curve Garden at Dalston Junction.
The place was shown in a blink of an eye on Andrew Marr’s “Megacities” programme. (Catch up on BBC iPlayer). The front is a tanked area for friendly edible fish and the propogation of seedlings. Out back is the tadpole tank and the flower-pots full o’ stuff and the polytunnel that houses the growing nasturtiums (yummy flowers and leaves, forget blooming decoration) aka ‘Tom Thumb’ , and then the cinema. Yes! A projector and camera space ; a film was shown last night.
The place isn’t up itself but a worthy adventure. Volunteers can pledge their services on Mondays at 7pm. Full marks to another up and coming business in Dalston.
See The Hackney Archives building on the next block is smart but un-stocked as yet. That’ll be a grand opening.
Songololo-Feet was my next port of call. Wasn’t so crowded today at The Sharp End in Richmond Road, Dalston again! Today our tutor advised us of next week’s half-day project , making a creative banner with all passionate words and symbols from the women of Hackney, the BME groups in Hackney, the 50+ groups in Hackney. Up Your street5 participants at the textiles and re-cycling workshop (and we make up 66%) are proud to originate from other London 2012 boroughs and ethnic groups. I spied a man at the workshop too!
There’s a huge intergenerational project coming up with its venue in Hackney………
A Comic Relief funded inter-generational video/film project involving 12
Caribbean elders and 12 young black men who have been involved in gang crime.
The focus is on the Caribbean war-time community as a way of telling their
stories from the 2nd world war to the present day from a Hackney perspective.
The project would involve older people being paired with young people in order
to support them to plan, design and produce the film/video. Working in
partnership with Hackney Caribbean elders. Young people and elders will be
taught video and film skills by a local Hackney production company to produce a
series of short films/video which capture the voices of the elders through young
people. The project will also work in partnership with the Youth Offending Team.
The project would span 12 months produce the scripts, film including edit.
This will be presented at film/video screenings at local lunch clubs, elders day
centres with a grand screening night open to all elders at the Hackney Empire.
The aims are to teach film based skills, inter personal skills, team working and
intergenerational skills for both young people and elders. Once completed a
resource pack will be created and sent out to all Hackney schools.
All sessions will be held in Hackney and we will arrange travel if necessary.
Anyone interested should contact Dave on 020 8525 0600, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org , before mid-July.
Got drenched after I shopped at Koza Supermarket for my fresh veg. out-of-date bargains and tripe. Yep! Tripe. Gonna have it with hot pepper and egushi (crushed melon seeds).
The first day of Summer is good.