Skip Garden by Global Generation

Skip Garden

Skip Garden

The Skip Garden was established in 2009 by Global Generation, a charity launched in 2004 whose core purpose is to inspire and empower young people to develop a living relationship with the natural world and to take a lead in generating positive environmental and social change in their communities.

The Skip Garden is the base for the Global Generation’s youth work programme and is located within the King’s Cross development site. It is a portable urban garden where a variety of organic vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown out of both skips and polytunnels made out of reused materials from the surrounding construction site. It is at the garden that the young people are trained in leadership and accredited vocational business and horticultural programmes, whether it be working on the garden or building furniture.

One of the skips in the Skip Garden

One of the skips in the Skip Garden

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Sheepdrove Organic Family Butchery

I am all turkey-ed out. I wonder if this is a common affliction for lots of people just after Christmas. Not only did I partake in a 5 kilogram turkey on Christmas day, but the day after Boxing Day my flatmate proceeded to roast another 5 kilogram turkey. To put this all into context for you using the ratio of turkey to the number of heads, the Christmas Day turkey was with four other friends, although two of the four are vegetarians, so really the turkey was for three. And the turkey I enjoyed on the day after Boxing Day was just for my flatmate and I, that is, for just two people. So yes, lots of turkey leftovers. Four days on, and we’ve only just started to make a dent so you can probably see why I am all gobbled out.

My flatmate's turkey, based with glorious duck fat. Yum

My flatmate's turkey, based with glorious duck fat. Yum

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Warung Bodag Maliah Cafe (Sari Organic)

The rice fields around Ubud

Rice fields around Ubud

One of the wonderful things about Bali is that despite having all the trappings of a modern tourist spot, in about a five minute walk it’s also possible to find yourself submerged in luscious green rice fields that spread on for miles. In the midst of one of these rice fields was Sari Organic, an organic farming venture that started about five years ago to service the needs of both local businesses and individuals. Its farming concept was based on ‘family-size’ farms, which consequently meant its business philosophy also provided jobs to local families. Over the years, Sari discovered that there was a genuine demand for organic produce in and around Ubud, and it now recruits and provides incomes to some 15 families.

Inside Sari Organic which looks out onto lush rice fields

Inside Sari Organic which looks out onto lush rice fields

For more immediate eating needs, there is also their organic restaurant, Warung Bodag Maliah. The restaurant is a two storey building, with the ground floor serving as the kitchen and the first floor as the dining area to allow you a wonderful elevated perspective of the rice fields. It’s an incredibly relaxed setting. The restaurant is windowless to allow in a gentle cool breeze and there are a range of seating choices; tables as well as cushioned platform seating areas. However if your fancy was to simply stretch out and snuggle up with a book on one of their benches as I saw one couple doing, this was also possible.

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