Summer Connections

30 July 2023


Cultivate brings local food, arts and communities together. We work with partners who are passionate about healthy, local food and making good, sustainable food accessible to all. We build projects around sharing those food stories and highlighting issues around biodiversity, land management, food choices and regenerative farming in an easy to understand, fun and creative way.

Cultivate Connects

The Cultivate Connects project runs activities and events around arts and food with a particular focus on diverse communities living in South Somerset. Supporting local events such as Chard Together has widened our network of audience and connecting with people who may not ordinarily engage with some of the activities we have on offer. 

At the beginning of July we were delighted to be part of Yeovil Together where we had many interesting conversations with people about rural areas they’ve visited in South Somerset as well as places they didn’t know existed!

A recent intergenerational event at Take Art’s base, Flaxdrayton Farm, welcomed diverse communities to explore the farm and rural area, engage in the creative arts and enjoy a rustic cooked lunch by Sue Foreman from The Cookhouse. The activity was truly positive, bellies and hearts were full as well as making new connections!

Sewing Seeds of Gladness

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.

Since its launch in April, the project has continued to grow with more people getting involved month by month. 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.

“It's wonderful to see Sewing Seeds of Gladness bringing together so many different groups and individuals of all ages and experience. It is so exciting to see the first pieces of stitching starting to materialise. The enthusiasm for the project has been a real inspiration and I can’t wait to see what other treasures appear over the next 6 months!”

Kath Brace – Sewing Seeds of Gladness Project Manager

Chill on the Hill

After the success of this pilot event in August 2022, Chill on the Hill returns for its second year! On Friday 25th August, we’re excited to be working with Ham Hill Country Park and The Pirates of the Carabina who will be performing its Pirate Taxi show in the stone circle at Ham Hill. If you’ve never seen Pirate Taxi you won’t want to miss it! 

With support from The Octagon Theatre, we’ll also be offering a workshop programme in the morning as well as other creative activity and the opportunity to enjoy local food. Click here for more information.

Thank you Katy!

Earlier last month we were sad to say goodbye to Katy Tilley, Cultivate’s Co-ordinator. She has been a valued Take Art colleague for the last ten years and has brought so much commitment, enthusiasm and vitality to her work with Cultivate. Although our paths will continue to cross, we wish her every success in her new ventures.