Brixton Pound gets its own podcast

If you love podcasts and love the Brixton Pound, we’ve got a treat for you. Our Kitchen Manager Sean has recorded his first podcast. And it’s all about the subjects dear to our hearts: food poverty, radical health and environmental activism. Sean is chatting with Hannah Cousins and the podcast is recorded by Ralph Pritchard. Listen here: https://www.mixcloud.com/brixton_pound/b-episode-1/

Festivities for £1 at the Pound

Join us for an evening of festive veggie and vegan goodness and cheer as we celebrate our one-year anniversary of being totally pay-what-you-can. On Thursday 13 December between 19:00 and 22:30, we invite you to our final community pay-what-you-can meal of the year. Eat delicious and healthy food for £1. As you’d expect from the Brixton Pound, it will be far from traditional and the menu will be dictated by the surplus food we receive. Ironically, we’re short on crockery so bring your own plate! Gather with staff, patrons and neighbours old and new, and let’s start the festive season the Brixton Pound way!

Booking is essential. Email Madeleine to secure your place: madeleine@brixtonpound.org

Learn kimchi, pickling, sauerkraut and sodas before Christmas

We’re about to embark on a series of workshops taking place at the Brixton Pound in the lead-up to Christmas. We’re obsessed with pickling and fermenting as active ways to extend the lifespan of fresh food, save money and help diversify diet, and we’re doing a bi-weekly workshop (Wednesdays 7-9pm) demonstrating different techniques.

Workshop dates

Wed Nov 7th – pickling
Wed Nov 21st – kimchi
Wed Dec 5th – sauerkraut
Wed Dec 19th – sodas

More workshop details

Pay-what-you-can (£20 suggested donation) All materials provided but bring your own jars. Book to avoid disappointment, group slots available Come learn some skills at a session or book Sean to run one at your house, studio or cafe.  Email Sean at kitchen@brixtonpound.org.

Catering with less waste and more delicious

You can now hire the Brixton Pound for catering events: snacks for talks and workshops, hot meals for community meetings, buffets at art exhibitions, one-pots for corporate events. Whatever your budget, let us feed your guests using some of the finest ingredients saved from landfill. Our inventive veggie and vegan menu is inspired by the donated ingredients we receive, and executed by our talented team.

Surplus food workshops

We can also deliver on- or off-site workshops for five to 15 people, teaching practical techniques for making dishes from surplus and preserving leftovers. Whether you’d like a pickling workshop, fermentation demonstration or cooking class, we have skills-based learning programmes to suit your organisation.

Contact Cafe Manager Sean for quotes and enquires on kitchen@brixtonpound.org or 07985 773109

Last chance to buy first edition Brixton Pounds

We are definitely not bringing Christmas into October but we’ve just released these beautiful collectors’ packs of first editions which will make ace presents (any time of the year). They are uncirculated, in mint condition and therefore extremely rare. When they’ve gone, well, yes, they’ve gone. The pack contains an Olive Morris note, a James Lovelock note, a CLR James note and a Vincent van Gogh note. And they’re just £25. Email thomas@brixtonpound.org if you’d like one.

Olive Morris was a British community leader and activist in the feminist, black nationalist, and squatters’ rights campaigns of the 1970s.

Free film night explores future of food production

Come along to our free film night at the Brixton Pound Cafe. The event is free but please consider giving us a donation to cover our costs.

In Our Hands

In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside.

But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system.

From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations in a new food system that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato!

Throughout the tumultuous summer of the Brexit referendum the Landworkers’ Alliance joined forces with two film-makers, to unearth the farms and faces that are making this change happen.

We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands!

Event details

The film is being shown on Wednesday 3 October at 7pm at the Brixton Pound Cafe  at 77 Atlantic Road. One of the producers of In Our Hands, Holly Black, will be attending the event. Please donate what you can so that we can continue to run progressive film nights at the cafe. Please register for your free tickets.

What will blockchain mean for communities and the Brixton Pound?

Blockchain, the Brixton Pound and activism

Discover and discuss what the blockchain could mean for Brixton, community activism and the Brixton Pound. Blockchain promises a lot, but what is it, and what impact could it have socially and economically? Can it foster inclusion—and what will it mean for those who don’t participate?

Guy Davies, Blockchain Consultant for Blockpass IDN will share his experience of navigating the exploding blockchain ecosystem, and what mass adoption might mean for us all.

There will follow an open session chaired by the Brixton Pound on how blockchain might be adopted and positively applied in our community.

How to get tickets

Tickets are free for this event. You can get them via Eventbrite.

Brixton Design Trail

Designing Inclusion is part of a week of free radical, design- and Brixton-focused events called Brixton Design Trail 2018.

Free creative session for songwriters

We are delighted to announce a free event for aspiring, current or ‘used-to-be’ songwriters. On Friday 28 September at 7.30pm at the cafe, the South London Songwriter’s Lodge present the Songwriter’s Showcase.

South London Songwriter’s Lodge, is a songwriters support network made up of an eclectic group of songwriters. The writers are at varying stages in their songwriting development. The group meets monthly to share new work and support each other’s experiments. This showcase is a sharing of new work and ideas created over the past year. The group is always happy to welcome new members. All stages of development and all genres (even made up ones) are welcome. Come along and check us out. Bring your curiosity and an open mind.

For more information, email myrtala.thomas@yahoo.co.uk

Important changes to paying by text using Brixton Pounds

From the end of August 2018, we have retired the ability to pay by text in Brixton Pounds as we explore other innovative ways of paying with local currency. The paper Brixton Pounds remain a great way of boosting our local economy and strengthening our community.

If you are a business or individual who opened a pay-by-text account in the past, we wanted to say a huge thank you for your support. It’s been so important for us. We have sent emails to everyone with an account to let them know next steps. Please email madeleine@brixtonpound.org if you’d like us to send it again.

Every week, our menu of donated ingredients ensures we save 65kgs of food from landfill.

You can use our paper currency in many shops and restaurants in and around Brixton, including the Brixton Pound Cafe. We know it encourages local trade, maintains the diversity of the high street and sustains pride in Brixton.

We rely on the support of people like you to continue our progressive work. Whether it’s eating a delicious pay-what-you-can lunch made from surplus food, hiring space or taking part in low-cost reiki, yoga, film nights or supper clubs, your involvement in our work is hugely beneficial. We will be consulting the wider community when we develop our new payment platform. Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you at the cafe very soon.