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Here are some pictures from Seed to Seed Conversational Workshop that took place on the 6th September.

Thanks to all who took part in the workshop. We had an incredibly vibrant conversation with exceptionally varied groups of participants including the members from the local Indian communities, food growers and seed enthusiasts, Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank and artists amongst others.

Particularly a warm thank you to the Indian Community representatives for their generous contributions of life experience in the UK and how they struggled to find a way to keep their vegetarian food culture alive in the constraints of the UK vegetable supply of the 60s, 70s and 80s. We heard incredible stories of sweetcorn growing in Kent against all predictions and monthly treks to London to stock up on spices, cooking oils, fruit and vegetables amongst other essentials.

Thank you to Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank for his knowledge and helping us gain an insight into seed production.

Thanks also to all other participants for coming  and for sharing their views. Part of my work as an artist is to facilitate ways of making people from diverse backgrounds meet and share views. I think this event can be seen as a success.

I will be using audio recordings from this workshop to create a new piece of work and I will provide more information closer to the time.

I have some great feedback from some of the participants that you can read below.

I hope to continue the discussion and to be able to go deeper into the conversations soon with all of you.

Comments

Thanks Lorenza. I found it a very interesting meeting and particularly enjoyed the input from people of Indian origin, and from the scientists, who made a special and valuable contribution. I look forward to the next conversation, and I do appreciate the effort you put for people’s comfort: great venue, great refreshments etc.” Valerie

I really enjoyed the workshop and also was interested in reading your blog – I loved your photos.
I thought you might like to see a couple of the seed images I made recently…
Such and interesting subject! Look forward to more…” Erika

It was great to be able to get along to Seed to Seed on Friday and I really enjoyed it and I think you are a very good host! It was an interesting mix of people and it was really nice to meet everyone and have the opportunity to chat.

[…] I’d have loved to have learned a bit more about the traditions of seed keeping and perhaps seen some pictures – but perhaps I will find out more about it when you finally show the work. It is a really interesting subject with so many different facets and questions attached to it and of course people have such strong opinions and it is obviously a very emotive area. It was really interesting to have the seed scientist there who was able to give us a little factual information too.” Judith

Navdanya is a farm, a place of knowledge, of learning and  experience the kind you acquire through working with other people and listening to their experiences. I decided to have a few conversations with people I learned a lot from when I was there.

If you want to know more about Navdanya there is this great blog http://francescamoore.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/navdanya-2/ and obviously the Navdanya website http://www.navdanya.org/home where you can get it all.

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Sorry for the chaos of images, I’m trying to work out how to add a slideshow to my post through my WordPress app on my phone.

Not very successful, hey?

Well, enjoy the images of Jodhpur’s Fort in the meantime. More to follow.

 

Delhi seems to be a city of rooftops, ladders and stairs, washing lines and unfinished stuff. To be honest this isn’t a good representation of Delhi and it’s chaos, maybe just a bit of rest for my senses first of all.

 

These are some pictures of my travels North from Mumbai to Delhi. There are a lot of hours (precisely twenty-eight) in that trip and a lot of landscape goes by. While I was looking out of the window I started thinking about light. In India there is a lot of this as well.  But sometimes it is necessary to choose which light one is more interested the outside or the inside light.

What is the important subject? I will be a bit lazy today and leave that choice to you.

 

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I’ve just arrived in Mumbai and still a bit jet-lagged, trying to figure out where the pavement is and where the street.

These are my first impressions who knows what will come. Hope I’ll be able to update the blog soon as the internet connection is a bit patchy.