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"From Plant to Plate" & "Edible Garden" Book Launch
"From Plant to Plate" & "Edible Garden" Book Launch

Thu, 06 Jun



"From Plant to Plate" & "Edible Garden" Book Launch

Join us for a celebration of the release of two great books to get both kids and adults growing, whatever the size or their growing space or their knowledge of gardening.

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Time & Location

06 Jun 2024, 18:30 – 21:30

London, Townsend Yard, London N6 5JF, UK

About the event

Join us for a celebration of the release of two great books to get both kids and adults growing, whatever the size or their growing space or their knowledge of gardening.

We are excited to welcome Darryl Gadzekpo & Ella Phillips, the green-fingered, food loving duo behind Electric Future Foods, and Vicky Chown, our Head of Urban Growing, to celebrate the publication of their latest books “From Plant to Plate: Turn Home-Grown Ingredients Into Healthy Meals!” and “Edible Garden: Feed the ground, sow seed, care for the crops, gather, pick and feast” respectively.

The evening will involve a short Q&A between the authors and some time for attendees to buy their books at a special launch price and get them signed. Children are welcome and they do not need to buy a ticket.

About From Plant to Plate:

A visual feast for 7-9 year olds, From Plant to Plate is the perfect book to inspire kids to get growing, get cooking, and get plant-powered eating.

With more than 25 tasty recipe ideas from basil pesto pasta to squash muffins, you'll master a variety of plant-powered food that you'll love to cook and eat. You’ll be taught how seeds should be planted and learn how to find the best soil for your plants. Darryl Gadzekpo and Ella Phillips offer all the tips you need to transform seeds into mighty fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

This cooking and gardening book for children offers:

- 25 recipe ideas to create from homegrown produce, including chickpea hummus, tomato pizza, and garlicky bruschetta.

- 15 different types of plants and how to grow them at home, even for those without a garden.

- The full journey of their food, showing children the whole process from plant to cooking pot.

- Bold and vibrant colors alongside easy-to-follow steps and engaging text.

About Edible Garden:

A beautiful, stylish and comprehensive handbook from the Bloom Gardener's Guides series, covering everything you need to know to grow your own food.

Growing your own food is a way to feed your body as well as your soul. Approached in a sustainable way, it can also nurture the land and provide for wildlife. You don’t need an enormous garden, an allotment or a fancy greenhouse to do it. Edible Garden is as much about planting food in your garden borders and sowing crops in pots, as it is about raised beds or kitchen gardens. It’s packed with professional advice, a selection of the best edible plants to grow and tips on getting the most from your space.

Written by Vicky Chown, a professional forager who teaches urban food growing, it includes a selection of the best edible plants to grow.


6.30pm Doors open

7-8pm Q&A conversation between Darryl Gadzekpo, Ella Phillips and Vicky Chown about their books From Plant to Plate & Edible Garden

8-9pm Signing & nibbles

About OmVed Gardens:

Since 2017, we have been carefully restoring a previously tarmacked land in Highgate Village, north London, to provide a space to explore food, creativity and ecology for health and climate resilience.

We are a community interest company featuring a permaculture garden, a creative zero-waste kitchen and a growing educational, events and exhibition space. Our aims are to realise our deep entwinement with each other and the more-than-human, through thinking around food, gardening and ecological awareness, to improve diversity at all levels (seed, food, species, participation) and to use creativity and nature-led knowledge to help tackle the climate emergency. · @omvedgardens

Practical Information:

Access to our garden can be steep, please wear sturdy shoes. We don't currently have access to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

There is no visitor parking so we encourage you to cycle, walk or take public transport. Google Maps Directions

There is paid parking on Highgate from 10am - 12pm and free before and after.

We unfortunately cannot allow any furry friends unless they are guide/support animals. Please let us know in advance if you need to bring them with you.

The Glasshouse (Our indoor space) is not heated so please dress for the weather.

Health & Safety Information:

Children are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and should not be left unattended at any time when they are on site.

If you have an allergy to a particular plant or insect, please get in touch before attending our site.

The gardens are a habitat for a variety of pollinators, including busy bees. Please respect them and do not approach the beehives for their safety and yours.

We have ponds - members of the public are not permitted in the pond at any time.

Do not ingest any plants, mushrooms or fungi that you find on site.

There are two first aid kits on site, one in the glasshouse and one in the dome.

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