SUMMER AT SQUASH

THIS JULY & AUGUST, JOIN US FOR A VIBRANT SUMMER PROGRAMME OF ART, COOKING, FOOD-GROWING AND COMMUNITY CONNECTION!

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS

11TH – 26TH JUNE

JOIN IN OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS ON AND AROUND THIS SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR WHEN THERE IS MOST LIGHT IN OUR DAYS!  ALL ACTIVITES FREE/BY DONATION

MIDSUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB
Saturday 25th June 11-2pm Squash (drop-in)

Come and weave a summer solstice sun to wear at the Midsummer Garden Party with textile artist Tammy Seibold!

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MIDSUMMER GARDEN PARTY
Sunday 26th June 1-3pm

Families! Bring the little ones along for a lovely summer solstice play session in the garden with Family Hive & the Squash Garden Gang – harvesting, cooking, eating and planting. Plus join in the mini midsummer procession and music bash! Tasty snacks on sale!

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SOLSTICE EVE JOURNEY; PROCESSION & SUPPER Monday 20th June  7pm – 10pm 

Squash invite you to take part in a summer solstice evening journey, from mid eve to sundown, honouring the landscape in and around Windsor Street. Join us alongside artists, gardeners, musicians and healing practitioners who’ll help guide us in ritual-making, self-nurture and merriment. Carrying fire, spring water and plants as special guests, we’ll process, dance, eat, plant and take in midsummer night, together. In partnership with Tate Liverpool.

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SOLSTICE SUNRISE & BREAKFAST Tuesday 21st June 4.30am-6am Princes Park & 6am-8am Squash FREE / DROP IN

Early birds! Join us in the park to welcome in the solstice dawn with a stretch by the fire and a healing sound bath (bring a mat, cushions & a blanket). Meet under the big oak tree near Woodhenge. Devonshire Rd/ Belvedere gate. Followed by a tasty solstice breakfast at Squash.

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SOLSTICE CRAFT SESSIONS
Saturday 11th June 11-3pm at Squash & Wednesday 15th June 10-12 noon in the Garden

Come along and help prepare for the upcoming solstice eve procession – we’ll be making beautiful things to carry and wear!

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PRINCES PARK VOLUNTEERING SESSION
Sunday 12th June 10.30-2.30 Princes Park (drop-in)

Join Squash gardeners and Friends of Princes Park volunteers to help ‘prepare the ground’ for solstice ritual squash planting. Meet at the container near Woodhenge. Also come & practice our solstice eve dance around the oak at 2pm!

Spring into summer Weekender

SATURDAY 30th April & SUNDAY 1st May  11-3pm

Spring into summer with a weekend of wellbeing on Windsor Street. Join in at the Squash building and the Grapes Community Food Garden. Cafe open for fresh seasonal dishes, both days.

SATURDAY marks our first Squash celebration day. Come and;

Plant Squash seeds to begin their growing journey from spring growth to autumn harvest.

Make a headdress in time for May day, or bring along a t-shirt or jacket to embellish, with fashion designer Jennifer Reid of Mavazi. Front Room of the Squash building 11-2pm

Help draw a communal mandala of Squash seeds in the dome with artist Tabitha Moses Garden 11-1pm. Also join Tabitha for an artists talk about the current Four Mandala exhibition on the Squash building – meet outside Squash at 2pm.

Come and talk to co-director Becky Vipond about Squash and the 100 Year Street – have your say! Outside the garden 11-2pm

If you have any spare seedlings – come and swap them with ones we’re growing! Plus there’ll be a plant sale

SUNDAY is May Day & Beltane – the Celtic pagan festival which sits half-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, marking the beginning of summer! Come by and;

As it’s May Day – we’re going to have a go at Maypole dancing in the garden – the traditional fertility dance of early summer. Join dancer Maxine Brown, horticulturist Jackie Swanson and musician Amanda Quigley for folk dancing, Squash style! No experience necessary, enthusiasm only!  Join in from 12.30 up until 2.30pm.

‘I Am – ANITA’ is a solo affirmation performance piece created by writer Anita. It is a gift of empowerment and strength. Join Anita to explore and create your own affirmations and enjoy some gentle movement before her performance. From 11-12 noon in the garden and from 12.30-1.30 at the Squash building. Originally commissioned by 20 Stories High theatre company with Go Play Studios .

In the garden – workshop from 11-12 noon. Performance at noon. At the building – workshop from 12.30. Performance at 1.30

Plus fresh herb tea around the fire, plant sale and good company! See you there!

WOMEN’S FOOD BIZ

FOOD BUSINESS COURSES FOR WOMEN

Interested in growing and cooking food?

This spring, we’re excited to offer an inspiring opportunity with the community gardeners and cooks at the Squash food hub and gardens to ‘grow your own’ business, whilst caring for yourself and the planet.

Focusing on horticulture and nature-based working, our new FOOD BIZ course provides business know-how and practical employment skills to support women back into work or further training. 

Participants will;

  • work together with a supportive group of women
  • learn how to grow food
  • focus on health and well-being
  • explore and make a range of products using plants  
  • meet inspiring local producers and entrepreneurs
  • gain a accredited Food Safety qualification
  • get workplace experience
  • visit inspiring local businesses

Open to women who are currently unemployed

Childcare allowance available

For more info and to book your place contact Sally-Anne on 0151 707 7897
sally-anne@squashliverpool.co.uk

SPRING AT SQUASH!

JOIN US FOR A FRESH SPRING PROGRAMME OF ART, COOKING, FOOD-GROWING AND COMMUNITY CONNECTION!

REGULAR DROP-IN GARDENING SESSIONS EVERY WEDNESDAY 10AM-12 NOON AT THE GRAPES COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN (NEXT TO TOXTETH TV-WINDSOR STREET).

THE MAY SOURDOUGH BREAD WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITING LIST HERE; MAY 13TH

Windsor Street Wild Food Walk

SATURDAY 9TH APRIL 10.30AM

Join us and other wild food enthusiasts for a springtime stroll and forage! And once we’ve harvested our fresh urban produce, it’s back to the garden to cook up a delicious spring feast!

Meet outside the Squash building. Free / suggested donation £10. Session lasts 2-2.5 hours.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – FOLLOW THIS LINK

Squash Film & Food Fundraiser

POSTPONED TILL LATER IN THE YEAR

Squash run a year-round, seasonal arts and horticulture programme celebrating the growing year, the healing power of plants and community connection. Help us keep this programme free so that everyone can get involved. Thankyou!

With your ticket you will receive entry to the event, a bowl of hearty soup, Squash sourdough and a sweet treat!

The evening will include:

Film scrrening

Live music

Games such as a tombola and raffle with prizes from generous donors including,……

A quiz!

Intro To Sourdough Bread-Making

This spring, Squash’s resident baker, Julie Filain is running monthly Sourdough Bread-Making workshops where we will make our very own sourdough focaccia!

In this 2.5 hour workshop you will:

-Learn tips and tricks from Julie Filain, Squash’s resident baker

-Make your very own sourdough focaccia

-Meet other people with a shared interest of bread-making

-Develop your own starter and take it home to continue your own bread-making journey

-Get to know a bit more about what we do here at Squash!

WORKSHOP DATES;

Friday 25th March – SOLD OUT

Wednesday 6th April SOLD OUT

Friday 13th May- 12:30-3pm JOIN WAIT LIST HERE HERE

Maximum 1 ticket per person.
Each workshop will cover the same skills, so please only book onto one workshop. 

Free/ suggested minimum donation of £10.

SPRING EQUINOX

SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 12-4

On this day of almost equal day and night, join us for our annual ritual of balance.

At the garden; meet the lovely gardeners and have a go at sowing edible flowers, join in our mandala planting experiment, have a gentle spring stretch, set spring intentions on seed paper and eat tasty Mexican bean soup round the fire.

At the Squash building; see the new Four Mandalas exhibition displayed on the front of Squash & meet artist Tabitha Moses for a chat, come for a chill in the Front Room with a fresh new spring soundtrack and enjoy delicious seasonal dishes in the café.

Activities free/by donation.

Seed Share & Seed Packet Design

Saturday 26th February

11-2pm. In the Front Room, Squash Building

‘Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.’
-Vandana Shiva, environmental activist and global seed sovereignty advocate.

Join in our annual seed-sharing session led by local gardeners who steward the Toxteth Seed Library! Pick up some free seeds to grow this spring and, if you can, bring your own seeds to share.

Our annual seed share is a really important event in the Squash growing year. We’re passionate about seeds. We’ve been building the Toxteth Seed Library since 2010 – a fundamental element of our 100 Year Vision for Windsor Street and neighbourhood. Come and meet the Squash gardeners, who are the seed keepers and caretakers of this great legacy.

Alongside the seed share, we will be joined by artist Angelica Vanasse who will be making seed packet art with us. So come along, get creative and make your own!