Merry & Bright in 2023 And Beyond

01 December 2023

We bring you a hamper of seasonal news, full of arts and food goodies! 

Tuesday 5th December is World Soil Day. The FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance and relationship between soil and water in achieving sustainable and resilient agrifood systems. 

World Soil Day is a unique global platform that not only celebrates soils but also empowers and engages people around the world to improve soil health. 

Please read on to find out about a new, soil-inspired project we’ll be launching in the new year. 

Sewing Seeds of Gladness Stitchathon 

Cultivate is thrilled to be supporting the community stitching project ‘Sewing Seeds of Gladness’ for the people in the Parish of South Petherton. The project is supported with funding from South Petherton Parish Council and South Petherton Community Enhancement Fund.  

Over 150 people joined the Stitchathon during the morning of Saturday 11 November at the David Hall, adding to the amazing set of beautifully embroidered pieces for the Parish Map. 

The sewn map will be completed by January 2024 and the project is engaging with groups such as South Petherton Youth Council, local schools, the WI and community from the village. 

Soil Story 

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be starting a new, six-month Cultivate project in January called SOIL STORY. It's co-created in partnership with ARK at Egwood and Rama Life in Merriott. 

SOIL STORY is an intergenerational, land-based project for socially-isolated adults with additional needs and home educated young people, that uses arts and food-related activity to transform our relationship with soil, each other and our communities.  

Although soil is the source of all life, literally and metaphorically, it is something that many people take for granted and know little about. It helps produce 95% of our food and is home to 25% of the earth’s species. 

We thought it merited a project to get our hands dirty and explore the ‘soil’ community, as well as recognising that we are also part of that same community. All living beings depend on the soil, the soil relies on us to take care of it, and we need each other for our communities to thrive. 

We're still deciding about the proposed activities, but plans include practical workshops to explore the ‘literal’ value of healthy soil, and arts activity to explore the ‘metaphorical’ value of healthy soil and its relationship to resilient, diverse communities. 

Crewkerne Farmers’ Market Christmas Special 

The Crewkerne Farmers’ markets are usually held on the third Saturday of each month outside the Town Hall in Market Square. 

This Christmas Special, 9am to 1pm on Saturday 16th December, is set to be bigger and better than ever, with special guest stall holders/producers.  

The Cultivate team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to sharing more about our 2024 programme in the new year!