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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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!!

What’s a propagator? Is it like an alligator?

While putting an alligator on your windowsill would be an instant source of excitement, the fun might be short lived when it eats you and your family for it’s tea! Or if you are at school, your classmates and the head teacher for lunch. We promise putting a propagator on your windowsill will bring you longer term excitement and with some care give you something to eat at the end.

Here’s some tips on propagating plants we put together with the help of young growers at Cultivate Waltham Forest.


My propagator

A propagator creates the perfect conditions for growing vegetables from seeds, keeping the soil moist and the air warm. You can buy a propagator like this in our shop
made out of recycled plastic and designed for re-use. You can craft a propagator out of a plastic food or drink container. By using a propagator your seedlings should be showing within a week.


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