- Timezone: America/New_York
- Date: 19 Sep 2020
- Time: 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Homegrown Discovery Tour: The Rezza Playing Field
Sam Ewell, local resident and Co-founder at Eat Make Play, will take you on a walk to explore the abundance of Ladywood as shown through community led growing spaces.
This week, we will walk from Port Loop over to the community garden at Edgbaston Reservoir, with Sam sharing the story of how local residents and friends came to access the land to grow and share food during the lockdown.
Following the walk, there will be an opportunity to participate in seeds and plants swaps, and exchange knowledge about local growing whether you’re interested in growing for a beautiful garden, for food production or both.
The seed and plant swap will take place in conjunction with the Home Grow Initiative which provide seeds, plants, compost, materials and advice to people interested in gardening.
Meet at Port Loop, South Loop Park to depart at 11am.
Head to Edgbaston Reservoir Playing Fields and return to Port Loop by 12:00pm for seed and plant swap.
safe & well
In the interest of keeping everyone safe and well, maintaining a distance of 2m between yourself and others outside your household will be mandatory at all times when taking part in the workshop. Masks are also advised as an additional precaution, unless an exemption applies to you. Free masks and hand sanitiser will be available if needed. If you are feeling unwell, please take care and do not attend. Children are welcome to take part with grown ups too.
Sam is a community connector with Companions for Hope, a Christian community development organisation based in B16. As a U.S. national and permanent resident of Brazil, Birmingham (since 2010) has become Sam’s “third homeland.”
Sam is passionate about cultivating abundant community from the ground up, which in area as diverse and dynamic as B16, means caring for the soil and for the “edges” of social difference—cultivating spaces where people who are neighbours “by accident” can experiment with being neighbours on purpose. In co-designing these experiments with neighbours and other allies, Sam draws on practical theology, asset-based community development (ABCD) and social permaculture as frameworks for animating a “integral ecology” inside the shell of the dominant “throwaway culture.”
Since settling in B16, Sam’s role with Companions has evolved into a combination of network weaver, community animator and social entrepreneur. Mostly recently, that combination of roles has led to establishing EAT MAKE PLAY, a B16-based community co-op that focuses on building community capacity through a circular economy.
Alongside his work, Sam loves cycling along the canal networks of Birmingham and playing guitar in Soul Caminho, a duo with Handsworth-based soul singer Mabowunje Harrison.
- 11am - 12pm
- Walk to The Reservoir
- Meet at South Loop Park and walk with Sam over to the Playing Fields at Edgbaston Reservoir
- 12pm - 1pm
- Seed and Plant Swap
- Walk back to South Loop Park at Port Loop to swap seeds and plants and share our growing projects and knowledge