A brand new Kitchen Garden will be opened at 1pm on Saturday 19th April at the multi-ethnic Dudhope Community Centre in Dundee, enabling its members to cook food from round the world using produce from right outside their door.
After months of hard work, this Kitchen Garden Mela will be a celebration of a job well done and the open ceremony for an exciting new beginning in food sovereignty for the centre.
At the beginning of the year, what is now a flourishing garden was a bare carpark. Help from the Seed Truck and Dundee Urban Orchard has allowed members of Dudhope Community to design the ideal layout, build raised beds and a greenhouse, as well as planting fruit trees and bringing on seedlings ready for the new growing season.
The activities on the day (1-3pm) will include planting up the new herb garden and planting out seedlings, making batik buntings, and milling your own flour by bicycle power. There will be a display of sword fighting and the opportunity to sit down to some delicious Indian food.
Dudhope Community Centre – also home to the Bharatiya Ashram, is a multi-cultural centre for diverse range of ethnic groups in Dundee, running events and workshops in dance, theatre, music, art, language, food, health and much more. Since its beginning in 1995, lunch clubs been at the heart of the Centre’s activities.Providing mainly for the elderly community, at least twice a week you can get delicious freshly cooked traditional food from a different culture, including Indian, Chinese and Scottish.
Now, with the addition of the Kitchen Garden, the centre will be able to use the freshest of home-grown produce in its lunches – from chillies, tomatoes and coriander from the greenhouse, to cauliflower, pak choi and potatoes from the garden, to apples, plums and soft fruit from the trees and bushes.
The Seed Truck is a joint project between the Fife Diet and WWF Scotland, and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It travels all across Scotland running workshops to help people get growing their own food, run by a diverse team of gardeners, designers and artists.
DUO (Dundee Urban Orchard) is a city-wide art project that supports individuals and community groups to plant and care for small-scale orchards within Dundee.
Dudhope Community Centre (Bharatiya Ashram)
5 St Mary Place, Dundee DD1 5RB