Family Group gardening lunch

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The fledgling TTB Family Group met for the first time on Saturday 26th November 2011 for a gardening lunch at the Transition centre at Robsart Street.

We planted broad beans to spell TTB (see photos), ate lunch together and shared thoughts about the future of this group.

Bullet points of brainstorm at 1st TTB Family Group meeting

TTB Family Group: What should it be-do? (be-do, be-do, be-do)!
  • Permaculture
  • Children’s outdoor play area while adults garden
  • Gardening and food growing
  • Community family outreach, eg. Real nappies and breastfeeding peer support.
  • Parent and child drop-in tea and chat sessions
  • Skill-sharing amongst families eg. Cake making/cooking/carpentry
  • Develop benefits of the ‘extended family’
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Involve families/children more in regular Transition Town Brixton activities
  • Transition Town Brixton stuff transferred to family context
  • Family business in Transition Town ‘style’  employment  food  child issues
  • Toy/clothes/children’s equipment re-cycling/exchange
  • Trips and adventures eg. Dulwich Wood, Sydenham Woods,Brockwell Park
  • Forest Schools
  • Walks/nature trails in the TTB garden
  • Plan ‘something’ to create nature awareness/learn how to ‘tune in’ to natureSinging, making ‘found instruments’ and ‘rubbish percussion’
  • Involve children and parents in projects with community gardens
  • Discussion of Continuum Concept (book by Jean Leidlof) and Art of Mentoring
  • Offer informal mentoring and support for parents
  • Introduce Non Violent Communication (NVC) to families
  • Help promote sustainable ways of raising children eg. Extended breastfeeding network and elimination communication.
  • Offer sling advice/have a TTB sling library
  • Invite Virginia from Family School to talk to us about communicating with children
  • A growing unschooling community in SE London – how can TTB help its local one?

For photos of the day visit the TTB flickr site.

We have booked 3rd Saturdays of the month at Robsart Street for the foreseeable future.

BUT next gathering Saturday February 4th 2012, 11-2.

If you would like to be on the group mailing list or want to comment in any way email us.

Sarah and Duncan

Here is a photograph of the Centre looking particularly friendly and full of happy, well-fed, dirty-fingernailed, family gardeners. Thanks to Jamie for the picture.

TTB family group after lunch

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