Help secure our future (and watch us on telly)

We’ve been filming all day with the lovely crew from Saturday Kitchen. Watch it on Saturday 2 February for interviews and a day in the life of our fabulous cafe.

We’ve also rolled out our fundraising campaign to help secure the future of the cafe. As you know, Brixton Pound Cafe is London’s first and only radical, pay-what-you-can cafe using surplus food saved from landfill. With the help of City Harvest, we save 50kg of fresh produce every week and use it to create our delicious, affordable and inventive vegan & vegetarian menu. We need your help to keep the cafe running as it’s a vital resource in our community, providing a non-judgemental space with fantastic coffee and hot meals. We are looking to raise £10,000 over the next month ensure the future of our radical community project and help share our knowledge and practical expertise with other local and national organisations.

Our main aims are; to actively reduce food waste in the borough of Lambeth, to host accessible events promoting health and well-being, and to socially engage the most isolated and vulnerable members of our community. Pay-what-you-can works very simply; all food and drink in our cafe has suggested prices, but we encourage patrons who can to pay more, so that others can pay less. What would you normally pay? How much can you pay today? Are you able to help someone else out? Please take a look, share, help us if you can 🙏🏽. The link is here:

https://www.gofundme.com/raise-money-for-brixton-pound-cafe-cic

 

A year of food waste revolution and radical thought

At the end of our first year of being totally pay-what-you-can and on the eve of our 10th anniversary, our Chair, Binki Taylor, reflects: ‘Thanks to the amazing commitment of our staff, volunteers and patrons, the Brixton Pound Cafe has made a considerable contribution to the food waste revolution in 2018. From a standing start in January 2018, they have expanded their knowledge, honed valuable skills and learnt to run a radical community business using surplus food. Most impressively of all, the cafe has welcomed 18,000 extraordinary customers, saved 3.2 tonnes of produce from landfill and created 11,500 pay-what-you-can meals.

‘On the brink of the 10th anniversary of the Brixton Pound, the cafe has become a significant local influencer, helping people think differently about the value of food as a tool for social inclusion. 2019 is sure to provide a host of opportunities for the team to share this unique expertise further into the communities that will benefit most. I can’t wait to see how it will all unfold.’

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.