5 things not to miss at this year’s Farmival

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** The Earth

Headline act The Earth will round off the day in true party style. Just about to release their debut album OFF/ON 1, the band from over the Welsh border aren’t new to the scene with Mark Roberts of Catatonia, Dafydd Ieuan from Super Furry Animals, bassist Tristan Marley and Dionne Bennett from Peth. Expect warm super pop tunes with a funky bass, psychedelic orchestral undertones and an almighty voice to take you on a trip around your soul. This is going to make you fly.

** Plastic bottle greenhouse building

We need litter’ally thousands of clear plastic bottles and some nifty handiwork from festival revellers to make walls, doors and roof panels from bottles and locally grown bamboo canes to create a 100% recycled greenhouse. Greenhouses and shelters help to grow seedlings and exotic plants, and are essential if you want to get the most out of each growing season.

** Unplugged by the Pond Stage

If you go down to the woods that day, you’ll find acoustic sets, poetry, and open mic sessions mixed up from 3pm to 5.15pm by the pond. Lay back in the Morroccan Garden, right at the foot of Trellick Tower, and listen to the sounds of Portobello’s finest unsigned singer-song writers and spoken word artists. Open mic acts should contact Marioneth to let her know they’re coming: thanksfortheparakeets@gmail.com

** Edible Skincare

Local growers Growing Kultur are running fun, practical sessions on ways to upgrade your skincare using ingredients you would usually find in your kitchen. 60-70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, which means pure skin products are as important as pure food.

hon tai sai** Seedling giveaway – oriental winter greens

We’ll show you how to repot seedlings into a big pot supplying organic compost and a homemade propagator to help you nurture the veggies as the days get shorter and the leaves get bigger. From seed specialist Real Seeds, we’re giving away in seedling form a selection of winter greens that once grown are super versatile and can be eaten raw in salads, cooked alone, or mixed in with any favourite recipe. Be sure to take one of our seedlings home, or plant your own seed, and start your A/W 13-14 with this season’s must have accessory: a pot of fertile earth!


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