Lambeth Poly stop motion construction video

Please take a moment to enjoy the stop motion film of the tunnel construction. The film is excellent for training and inspiration. When we come to spread the word, this will help people visualise what’s involved, and aim for making a ‘raising the barn’ event of of their build. We commissioned Tulse Hill Estate resident film maker Eduard Vijulie.

We’re looking for a composer to write a track for the film:  cheerful that captures the rythm of the making and the pulse of the sun, as well as the feeling of progress. Please spread the word via your social media. Follow us @lambethpoly and on Project Dirt and on flickr

it takes two: local resident Carlos and TRA chair Laud, got the doors on

you can’t buy these: Carlos was comissioned to make this tamper and multi-dibber set

nice work and a sunny day – Pamela (left) from Cressingham Estate is key volunteer

Peter Keenan from generous tunnel/materials sponsor Veolia dropped off seed trays and compost, and other goodies such as seaweed extract (growth stimulator) and capillary matting. Budget and payment all on track. High Trees project (Margaret Jarret), the grant holder have kindly set up the system set up for paying invoices.

Residential involvement is set up on 3 levels:

Friend – say hello, keep an eye out and come to informal growing workshops (first one held last weekend at the Action Day; we’re getting some nice friends!)

Volunteer – join the rota to help maintain the tunnel (emerging, enough at least for this week)

Trainee – job training for commercial veg growing (have one firm candidate – more needed – volunteers may morph into this)

Documents written: risk assessment, health and safety guidelines, registration with Lambeth Food Safety, aims of the project for volunteers, training schedule, first training session.

Documents drafted: training schedule, and first volunteers have been inducted. Beginning to compile training materials, like this demonstrating good sowing technique (link to flickr set)

Action Day helpers sowing our first crop: coriander

batch operations – so great to be growing crops at last

Outstanding issues

  • license for land use
  • installing water butts
  • lockable storage
  • recruiting trainees
  • chairs and table to help for training and meeting
  • photocopying/laminating
  • reporting last week’s knife slash to police
  • building of staging
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