Funded by Climate Action Leeds & hosted at Left Bank Leeds, the workshop had 20+ community members attending, including members of Climate Action Leeds Community Hubs and others interested in community food growing.
Workshop facilitators held discussions about Little Veg Libraries (LVL), how to set up & maintain a library, their benefits and how to overcome common challenges. Multiple existing LVL coordinators shared their experiences and while other were able to ask questions on setting up a LVL for their own community.
Attendees took part in a ‘Take Action’ group discussion that resulted in 20+ new pledges, including:
"A pop-up veg library outside our allotment. Plan to share seeds, pots, seedlings, excess veg, printed recipes"
"To buy/cook seasonally + support local food waste organisations"
"Look out for local groups involved in growing veg to join in"
A variety of practical activities followed to help empower more people to grow their own food at home. These activities ranged from planting salad seeds in a punnet, making paper planters for bean seeds, pricking out tomatoes and making LVL signs.
Making LVL stencils, paper pots for bean seeds and soil blocks!
This workshop is part of FoodWise Leeds' #eyesonsilver campaign, as they work towards their Sustainable Food Places silver award later in 2023. The evening combined the promotion of LVLs with sustainable food growing to help improve access to fresh, local and sustainable food, empower communities to take climate action through increasing food growing skills and overall continue to build the good food movement in Leeds.
More about Little Veg Libraries:
There are already a number of Little Veg Libraries existing in Leeds (in Guiseley, Garforth, Headingly, Hyde Park, Seacroft, Woodhouse, Chapel Allerton, Leeds University and Morley) with some linked to Climate Action Hubs. These are accessible structures in public places where people who are already growing their own food can share excess seeds, seedlings, surplus produce, books, tools etc. with people who are new to food growing. They are usually looked after by volunteers from a community organisation. To read more, please click here.
A big thank you to everyone who attended, to FoodWise partners Feed Leeds and Season Well. Thank you our funders Climate Action Leeds.
More about workshop partners:
FoodWise Leeds is the food partnership for the city, working towards creating a healthy, sustainable and fair food system for everyone in Leeds.
Feed Leeds is a sustainable food growing network – encouraging and connecting individuals, communities and organisations in Leeds.
Season Well is a Leeds-based community interest company who inspire and enable people to grow, cook and eat local, seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables.