Vegetable Claymation makes it around the world!

LOVE FROM THE STATES…Tess Montgomery from Appetite for Change wrote: Amazing video! We love love love the creativity of the claymation and sculptures! We will be happy to share the video with our following!

Here’s the original performance for the amazing track, this crew has definitely been eating their vegetables, they are all glowing with life!:

LOVE FROM NEW ZEALAND…Our host space was The Mall, Walthamstow. A lively London shopping centre. Without their support none of our good work could take place. This article in their industry press celebrates their collaboration with us and has had people contacting us from New Zealand to ask how they can do more creative environmental and health projects in their community:

VEGGIES IN THE MALL HOOD
While some children were hunting for chocolate eggs at their local shopping centre this past Easter, young visitors at The Mall Walthamstow were being initiated to the ways of the Secret Seed Society. The UK-based organisation, which works on urban food education as well as growing and expressive projects, brought its workshops to the centre to promote healthy eating and vegetable fun. Among the highlights: a stop-motion video that more than 50 children helped produced and which was set to Grow Food, a hip-hop track by America’s Appetite for Change.

The children spent two of the workshops designing the vegetable characters, sculpting them, animating them, and filming the final Vegenation video, unleashing their creativity and learning new skills.

“We love working with secret seeds, they are such an amazing organisation and every time we work with them they just grow in popularity,” noted Rebecca Marjoram, the centre’s marketing manager.

“They really engage with the children and young families to come up with fun activities to get them thinking, growing, and eating healthy.”

Other themes for the workshops held over Easter and the following week included scarecrow building, window farm, a Taste Adventure Lab, vegetable and kitchen puppetry, making wearable vegetable accessories, and creating portable sprout farms.

Vegetables Takeover

Over 500 children took part in the Vegetable Takeover in the Mall, Walthamstow, London.
Ten days of the Easter Holiday turned a space in the shopping centre in to a vegetable loving community space with colourful workshops all inspired by vegetables.

A moment of calm before digging for potatoes

A moment of calm before digging for potatoes


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The Man With Unusual Fruit…

Look at this man

His apple is tiny! It's so small that you could probably fit 7 of them inside one regular supermarket bought apple! Anyway...

He is the Man with Unusual Fruit and Veg.

Menka met him the other day. He spends his life in search of vegetable oddities, like the teensy apple you can see him holding above.

A lot of people think vegetables should look normal but because there are so many kinds of fruit and vegetable that there isn’t really such thing as normal.

Look at all these craaaaaazy veg varieties we’ve found!…

Purple Potatoes!

Extra long leeks!

Even carrots that look like Buzz-Lightyear!

And people can be weird too…

Here’s another example: the Man with Unusual Fruit and Vegetables gave Menka a yellow cauliflower. It’s actually very beautiful. Look at it:

Menka was so amazed and inspired by the yellow cauliflower, have a look what happened to her!

She went cauli-crazy!

Menka turned yellow with cauli-power!

The Man with Unusual Fruit and Vegetables has a name, you know. He’s called Mark and he works at Ash Green Organics.
Thank you Mark with Unusual Fruit and Vegetables for showing Menka your unusual vegetables!

Vegetables workshop Scrapbook

The Secret Seed Society were at the Walthamstow Mall all week. Rocking the latest hand crafted vegetable hats!

The Secret Seed Society were at the Walthamstow Mall all week. Rocking the latest hand crafted vegetable hats!

Trying out our embouchere on the vegetable trumpets. The mouth pieces are shaped out of carrots. Embouchere is the word for how we shape our mouths to play a trumpet.

The mouth pieces are shaped out of carrots. To play we shape our mouths the same as when we play a trumpet. The shaping has a special name Embouchere, it is a french word.

Excited to be taking home a Rio Rocket Story & Seed Pack.

Excited to be taking home a Rio Rocket Story & Seed Pack.

Courgette and pepper trumpet

Courgette and pepper trumpet

Chuffed to be taking home the Rudi Radish Story & Seed Pack.

Chuffed to be taking home the Rudi Radish Story & Seed Pack.

Ready to take home and put on the windowsill.

Ready to take home and put on the windowsill.

Good to be getting our hands dirty gardening in the mall.

Good to be getting our hands dirty gardening in the mall.

Sprouty, sprouty, sprouty beans. We have some posts about sprouting for you to learn more about it.

Sprouty, sprouty, sprouty beans. We have some posts about sprouting for you to learn more about it.

4 easy steps for sprouting seeds in your portable sprout farm

4 easy steps for sprouting seeds in your portable sprout farm

One of our youngest new sprout farmers with his portable sprout farm.

One of our youngest new sprout farmers with his portable sprout farm.

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Getting growing with friends and family!!