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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 07985 773109
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 email@example.com 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.
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!
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.
Ever wondered about the traditional art of pickling? We’re running a pickling workshop this Sunday 30 September between 10.30am and 12 noon at Myatt’s Fields Market with a live demonstration of this ancient and eco-friendly skill. Never waste produce again: guaranteed! Book a place by emailing Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
As part of Brixton Design Trail 2018 (15 to 23 September), the Brixton Pound Cafe are proud to present workshops and an exhibition by our free children’s art group, Kids Kreate.
Using recycled and other materials we will imagine, draw and figure out together the things kids would love to see in a playground – kids usually have the best ideas! The mix of 2d and small 3d work will be shown with Krishan’s and strengthen his plan to gain funding for this local Adventure Playground. An exciting project, we would love to see you inspire it.
Inspire and create
What will you make? Your ideas of how to climb, swing, tunnel, slide and make a hut to hide in of course! How about interactive toys too, maybe a bike that powers lights for fun signs – play, love, laugh? Giant puzzle toys to solve together that are powered by skipping ropes or perhaps an unfinished bridge where extra pieces can be used in many ways to cross it? These ideas are entirely up to you, it’s all about the excitement of inspiration and creation.
Each child will make two things, one to take home and one to remain at Brixton Pound Café for the Exhibition. The architect will be there to explain the design process and brings knowledge and technical skills to this fun and collaborative day.
No need to book, it’s a pop in workshop. It is being held on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 September between 11:00 and 16:30 at the Brixton Pound Cafe.
About Kids Kreate
Kids Create is a weekly free art club for children age 5 – 12 held at the Brixton Pound Café every Saturday morning, exploring lots of ways of making, from clay modelling to shoe design. Hosted by Jackie Keane, the group gives children in Brixton a creative outlet to learn and grow. Kids Kreate plan to expand by Crowdfunding to form a Community Interest Company which will give them the ability to provide art at other venues in Lambeth. Without doubt there is a real need for this and as art continues to disappear from schools as well as children’s centres, Kids Kreate can ensure their community that they will always be there for them.