London Harvest Festival

London Harvest Festival 2017 

This year's London Harvest Festival took place on 30th September in the grounds of Capel Manor College, London. The Festival (formerly called the City Harvest Festival) is an annual celebration of all the community growing and farming taking place across London, organised by the London City Farms and Community Gardens Association (LCFCGA) and hosted by Capel Manor College in North London.

The event enables London’s city farms and community gardens to showcase their many community and educational services and achievements.If you are a city farm, community garden or other type of community growing group in London and want to take part in this year's event, then follow the link for further information on how to get involved. 

Click on the video above for some great action from the day (thanks to Capel Manor College) and see below for a small selection of images from this year's event: 

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London Harvest Festival 2016 - Report

Previous FCFCG Director Charlie Powell attended last year's event and said: "On entering the produce display tent you witness a panoply of colourful fruit and veg of every description, from massive pumpkins, curiously shaped carrots and twisting squashes, to stunning seasonal collections of herbs, greens, salads, peppers, beetroots, potatoes and more - all carefully presented for maximum visual impact. There were jams, honeys, chutneys, eggs and intricate miniature gardens all competing for recognition as the best of 2016. I valued the opportunity to chat to member groups to find out how they support food producing and other empowering activities with people from all backgrounds and abilities in their local communities.

The livestock show ring in the heart of the field provides a perfect opportunity to see healthy, handsome and happy farm animals – just as they should be – proudly led by enthusiastic and passionate volunteers, staff and young farmers from across the Capital. Cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, goats, geese, guinea pigs, and many, many more - all benefiting from first class husbandry and all seemingly pleased to be playing their part in the big day.

After the judging, there were games with the youth of London’s farms and gardens eagerly competing for the glory of winning for their team. This is fun and healthy competition – not least the momentous Tug of War in which the young (and not so young) pitched together against rival teams with as much might as they could muster as the crowds shouted to urge their favourites on.

There’s so much to see and get involved in - arts and crafts, badge making and pottery, and even a real Blacksmiths - and great food to enjoy. This was an impressive celebration and a championing of community growing activities and initiatives, bringing together many special people whose work throughout the year makes a big difference to the lives of so many others. Congratulations to all those involved."

 

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Image: Wellgate Community Farm team - winners of last year's animal show. Credit: Catherine Miller

 

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