cooperation and party spirit

November 12, 2012

Moveable Feast is an exciting and worthwhile asset here in this urban environment. Yes, we are a seaside town that, we are told, is  ‘on the up’ but, it’s a slow haul and we are still classed as the down and out or ‘edgey’ poor cousin of smarter Hastings. But, probably nothing so inventive could ever rise up out of the ashes in Hastings . . . .  too middle class! So Moveable Feast is a community fruit and vegetable garden that might be regarded as temporary only in its present position – but the rationale and feedback would indicate that this ‘big idea’ is here to stay – it’s a breath of fresh air . . . .

. . .   so this imaginative group (check out the links to see how forward looking the W I can be) , have found a south facing derelict site owned by a housing trust. The site may be built on soon but it’s a great site – just a 1 minute walk from shops and the heart of the town –  and also because the open boundary treatment of metal railings and wire mean that the garden is a shop window. All the planting is in containers – bulk bags, timber, tyres, super market trolleys – which is encouraging for all those who choose to interact with the ideas of Moveable Feast – the young, the middle age and the slightly more advanced middle aged. All are welcome to have a go and enjoy time in the open air growing useful produce.

Ben Eine, of the dropped shadows, designed the graphics on the focal point wall. Ben’s done another show stopper just close by.

The produce looks even more appetising than if grown in an allotment environment.

. .  brilliant container as are the’ Californian’ looking circular forms holding the fruit trees . . . attractive enough to encourage residents in.

There’s a stylish feel generally  . . .

. .  liked the use of pallets maybe holding compost, not quite sure, but anyway set vertically to support growth on strawberries.

Even produce within the poly tunnel (excellent building – on Xmas list) is displayed with a designer/makers touch . . .

. .  look at the links to see locals playing and enjoying the garden. And look at this link to see Sally’s other interest – they work well too! Good luck and thanks for all the great effort so that we can enjoy it too.

You come to fetch me from my work to-night
When supper’s on the table, and we’ll see
If I can leave off burying the white
Soft petals fallen from the apple tree
(Soft petals, yes, but not so barren quite,
Mingled with these, smooth bean and wrinkled pea);
And go along with you ere you lose sight
Of what you came for and become like me,
Slave to a Springtime passion for the earth.
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.      Robert Frost  Putting in the Seed

9 Responses to “cooperation and party spirit”

  1. Natalie Says:

    You can’t beat a good community project. Those carrots look amazing.

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Yes, with the organic, sculptural look – fresh in colour.

  3. elizabeth Says:

    An excellent project!

  4. Sally Walton Says:

    Thanks so much Julia – its wonderful to see the garden through your eyes. Please come along on 1st December to help us celebrate our first 6 months. Sally

  5. Sjo Says:

    Like your blog

  6. daseger Says:

    Love it! We have a thriving community garden movement here in Salem–and we’re perpetually “up and coming” too.


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