For the Love of Lettuce has led to a fantastic year of workshops and exhibitions engaging all ages and people whose families have been in Melbourne for generations alongside people who recently moved to Melbourne.
TEA & MEMORIES
Highlights have been our “Tea & Memories” Sessions for older members of the local community to come in and share their memories of Market Gardening in Melbourne.
Throughout the summer we held a number of sessions with groups in and around Melbourne to collect photographs, memories and anecdotes.
FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Our photographer Christopher Mear led a photography walk and workshop in September taking amateur photographers from Melbourne to visit Heaths of Melbourne to capture images of the amazing produce grown in the fields and sold in the farm shop.
A selection of the photographs taken were exhibited at the “For the Love of Lettuce” Exhibition in March and are included below.
YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE ATHENAEUM
The Athenaeum is a place for young people in Melbourne to meet up with friends, relax and get involved with a variety of activities. As part of “For the Love of Lettuce” we worked with a number of the Year 7’s to design a series of paintings inspired by photographs of local Market Gardens throughout the year.
MELBOURNE INFANT SCHOOL
Many children no longer know how the vegetables and fruit which they eat are grown. as part of “For the Love of Lettuce” we put planters made from tyres outside of all the classrooms at Melbourne Infant School. We talked about Melbourne’s market gardens and showed photographs of people working on the land.
The children filled the tyres with soil and then planted with tomato plants and seeds for salad vegetables – including lettuce – and beans. During the Spring and Summer the children looked after the plants and we all “harvested” our crop in July.
The children tasted their produce, painted them and then we used some of the leaves to make Vegetable Sprites with clay and twigs.
MELBOURNE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Each year we work with children in both local schools. This year told the children about Market Gardening in Melbourne and the way that some of their ancestors lived. We planted vegetables with the children in the School Wild Food Garden and the children cared for them through the Summer.
In July we worked with the children and artist Victoria Brown to create the two metre “Vegetable Scrolls” featuring vegetables grown locally. All of the Year 6 children drew vegetable grown in School and by local Market Gardens and used these drawings to inspire the designs for the scrolls.
MELBOURNE RAINBOWS AND BEAVERS
Melbourne has a vibrant Girl Guiding and Scouting community. The village currently has two Rainbows and two Beavers packs who took part in workshops inspired by For the Love of Lettuce. We planted tomato plants which the groups all cared for throughout the Summer.
The children also made plant labels using clay and made bunting inspired by seed packets. Their plants were used in the PopUp Planters around the village during Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail in September 2017 along with their seed-packet bunting and plant labels.
Throughout the year we exhibited the expanding collection of images from “For the Love of Lettuce” at a number of venues to share it with the public.
SHARPES POTTERY MUSEUM, SWADLINCOTE – JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2018
MELBOURNE SENIOR CITIZEN CENTRE – MARCH 2018
SWARKESTONE NURSERY – APRIL 2018