26 Aug 2011
Grow veg on the Vetch with Vetch Veg!
Sandfields residents and businesspeople are being invited to grow their own fruit and vegetables for the next twelve months. Artist Owen Griffiths is taking over a section of the pitch at the hallowed Vetch Field Football Ground to work with local people in creating a temporary vegetable patch in the heart of Sandfields. Anyone interested in taking part, or simply finding out more information should visit the website or email email@example.com
Vetch Veg will be transforming the pitch into edible land, providing the residents and the surrounding community with free space in which to grow vegetables. Temporary vegetable gardens will be created with raised beds and a polytunnel, where local residents will have the opportunity to work together, growing produce, and keeping bees. All plots will be free to individuals, families or organisations living or based in the Sandfields. Vetch Veg has secured a proportion of the Vetch’s larger development specifically to grow food and provide the community an opportunity to transform the way we eat. Reconnecting with the process of growing food and self sufficiency is becoming increasingly significant as food prices rocket and financial cuts increase. With long waiting lists for allotments across the city, organisers hope that there will be strong interest in the project within Sandfields.
From August 2011 the site will be active as groundwork is completed to ensure the project start date in September. The duration of the project will be up to 12 months, with a grand finale; the Vetch Veg Flower and Produce Show and communal meal, scheduled for June 2012 during ADAIN AVION’s visit to Swansea.
The Vetch Veg Project is a participatory and interdisciplinary social artwork in association with ADAIN AVION, Wales’s ‘Artists taking the lead’ commission, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council of Wales, included in the London 2012 Festival and part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. ADAIN AVION is project managed by Taliesin Arts Centre in partnership in Swansea with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Environmental Forum and the City and County of Swansea.