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Common Weal Angus Festival of Sharing & Ideas Date — Hosted by — Common Weal Angus
Synopsis —

A Festival of Sharing & Ideas is about exploring ways of stepping outside the market system and creating the common good, taking responsibility and power into our own hands and sharing ideas and skills around a range of topics including: finding food through foraging; making sour dough bread without kneading; free at the point of use local community based food production; increasing biodiversity in your own patch of ground.

Given that by the end of April 2019 Brexit may or may not have happened and the next Independence Referendum may or may not have been called, we have decided it is time to have a Festival of Sharing & Ideas again.

The event is an opportunity for us to share with the community and have some fun - share our ideas, skills and food in a safe, comfortable environment. As those who know the group may expect, the event is not really like any other normal event. We will spend the Saturday exploring ways of stepping outside the market system and creating the common good, taking responsibility and power into our own hands and sharing ideas and skills around a range of topics including: finding food through foraging; making sour dough bread without kneading; free at the point of use local community based food production; increasing biodiversity in your own patch of ground.

On the Saturday we will be in the Phillip Hall, Dundee St Carnoustie where among other things we will be talking about local food production in a local community garden project Food is Free Carnoustie, encouraging people to grow more of their own food with information about easy to grow crops, and giving away seedlings. We will be demonstrating how to maintain your bike for free, discussing foraging for food and tasting local seaweeds, building wildlife homes from scrap wood, having a go at sour dough bread and fermenting, Food is Free Stall of seedlings and Grow Your Own 1-2-3 information sheets, and lots of cake – as well as a space to talk about issues local and national.

On the Sunday we will be at Food is Free Carnoustie’s community garden in Panda Lane. The community garden has been created on vacant land with the support of the owner for a minimum period of five years. Food is Free Carnoustie started at our first Festival of Sharing. The Food is Free concept is simple: people grow food - grapes, melons, tomatoes, chillies, sweetcorn, squash, herbs, potatoes, carrots, brassicas, onions, garlic, leeks - and then share it around the community in help-yourself baskets, with a simple philosophy “Take what you need, and leave what you don’t”. Produce is regularly left on tables across the town, and locals now add their own excess seedlings and crops for folk to help themselves.

Come along on the Saturday and/or the Sunday for as little or as long as you like – you will be made very welcome!