Snapshots from the CARAS Open Day in Tooting
TTT is looking forward to our new partnership project with CARAS and the RHS ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign (see our 18th Aug post below). To help launch ‘Rooting in Tooting’, we joined in at the CARAS Open Day at All Saints’ Church, Tooting.
It was a very welcoming day for the extended CARAS family, where many people knew each other and came to chat in the sun (or find some shade), or play outdoors.
We had a brilliant lunch made by The Chickpea Sisters (who’ll be at the Tooting Foodival on Sun 13th Sept). There was music, dancing…& some diverse growing action.
Chris was flat out sowing seeds and playing with mud:
|Chris plus seed sowers|
|Making mud seed bombs|
Threshing and winnowing wheat grown in the Tooting Community Garden: we took the heads of wheat and did the steps used round the world for thousands of years (and which are still in our language even if we’ve never seen it happen).
So, Seamus found helpers for threshing to separate the wheat grains from the heads, and then winnowing the resulting mix to remove the chaff:
|Bashing bags on the ground…|
|…or jumping up and down on them|
|Then, with the right puff, the chaff blows away|
|Flicking up the chaff to catch the wind: experts!|
We also gathered great ideas in several languages for what to consider growing in the project: for food, for health, for beauty, and for nature:
Thanks to all (of all ages) at the open day for getting so involved!
Plus, we’re grateful to Chris and Sophie from the RHS, and to Seamus, Jenny and Chuck from TTT, and all at CARAS. More news as ‘Rooting in Tooting’ develops.