The Beginning

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Squash

SQUASH is a creative food enterprise rooted in Liverpool 8 since 2007, grown and lead by a diverse group of local people, committed to participatory social change. With backgrounds in cooking, horticulture, visual arts, film-making, performance and architecture, our practice is bold, curious, seasonal, passionate and unusual.

We bring culture and community together in ways previously unimaginable. To grow great places, people and food, we are reclaiming food production via food growing, cooking and culinary craft skills. From mass cook ups to full blown seed and food gardens, a community-designed building with a community café and ingredients-based shop, a four-season arts festival (Food for Real) and a 100 year street plan we explore new ways for our neighbourhood to flourish.

Squash

SQUASH is a creative food enterprise rooted in Liverpool 8 since 2007, grown and lead by a diverse group of local people, committed to participatory social change. With backgrounds in cooking, horticulture, visual arts, film-making, performance and architecture, our practice is bold, curious, seasonal, passionate and unusual.

We bring culture and community together in ways previously unimaginable. To grow great places, people and food, we are reclaiming food production via food growing, cooking and culinary craft skills. From mass cook ups to full blown seed and food gardens, a community-designed building with a community café and ingredients-based shop, a four-season arts festival (Food for Real) and a 100 year street plan we explore new ways for our neighbourhood to flourish.

Shop

Open:

Due to Covid-19, produce from our award winning shop is on sale outside Squash every Saturday from 9am till 2pm.

Opening times are subject to change in response to safety guidelines, and we hope to return to normal opening times as soon as possible.

Our shop is full of super fresh, seasonal fruit and veg and other tasty ingredients to help you cook brilliant food. We are a proper community shop, run by passionate locals, really bothered about your health and happiness, and stocking around 100 lines offering an alternative shopping experience to supermarkets. Come by and check out our high quality, ethically-sourced and affordable produce….and taste some of the shop ingredients in our tasty café dishes!

BBC Food & Farming Awards Finalist 2019!
Whoop whoop! The Squash shop has made the final three in the Best Shop/Market category! We’re so chuffed and thankful to our staff, volunteers, members, customers and our community for nominating us! The award winners will be announced on 12th June 2019.

SQUASH ingredients are:

  • Seasonal – produce-led
  • Delicious
  • Colourful – think rainbow and lots of green
  • Whole – wholefoods/minimal processing
  • Culturally appropriate
  • Of high quality
  • Bold & exciting
  • Supporting local producers
  • Affordable
  • Vegetarian and often vegan
  • Ethically sourced/fair-trade
  • Local and organic where possible
  • Anti food waste and big on minimal packaging/recycling

Autumn Fest

Hello and welcome to FOOD FOR REAL: AUTUMN

We are SQUASH, an L8-based collective, passionate about food, art and community, and we invite you to our home on Windsor Street for a weekend celebrating the harvest.

In AUTUMN, the third of four seasonal events, we focus on local talent; the great people, produce, and ideas in our neighbourhood. At this Equinox time when day and night are of equal length, Food for Real: Autumn also explores balance and community wellbeing; taking time to work, rest, make and play, together.


 

FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER

The Art of Seed-Saving
WORKSHOP 10 am – 12 noon | Drop-in
Grapes Community Food Garden, next door to Toxteth TV, Windsor Street

Join the Grapes Growers to sort, clean and pack seeds collected from our gardens for the Toxteth Seed Library and choose a packet to take away to sow next spring!

The Hundred Year Harvest
DRAWING & DISPLAY 21st Sep – 28th Oct | Drop-in
OPENING PARTY 21st Sep 5 pm – 7.30 pm
Throughout Squash building.

Artist and local resident Nina Edge uses large drawings and maps to start conversations about planning, resources and food with L8 residents and visiting audiences.  This autumn she’ll make colourful drawings of a ‘Hundred Year Harvest’ on the windows of the new Squash building, inspired by Squash’s ground breaking Hundred Year Street Plan.

Plus – join us to draw your own paper crops on Saturday from 11 am – 2pm in the shop.

Part of Independents Biennial 2018.

Fruit and Veg Auction
FUNDRAISER 6.30pm | Drop-in
Squash Action Room

Bid on a banana, compete for a clementine… this autumnal auction is set to be a very fruitful (& veg-full) evening! All proceeds going to L8-based Hope Relief International for food aid for families in Yemen.

Get in touch to donate homegrown/made fruit, veg, jams and chutneys!

Part of Nina Edge’s ‘The Hundred Year Harvest’ Opening Party.


 

SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

Intro to Sourdough
WORKSHOP 10 am – 12 noon | Booking required
Squash Action Room
CLICK TO BOOK NOW!

To celebrate the Real Bread Campaign’s Sourdough September initiative, join Julie from Squash and Mark from Homebaked to learn more about how this delicious and healthy staple is made!

With support from Pat LB and also from Owen at Kensington Bread Company CIC.

(Participants to also be available intermittently throughout the afternoon for bread folding and early Sunday morning for the sourdough bake-off 8.30 am – 10 am)

Drawing the Harvest
WORKSHOP 11 am – 2 pm | Drop-in
Squash Shop

Join artist Nina Edge to draw your own paper crops!

Magic Miso
WORKSHOP 1 pm – 3 pm | Booking required
Squash Action Room
CLICK TO BOOK NOW!

FFR: Spring participants made miso (traditional Japanese soybean seasoning) and after half a year of fermentation, it’s time to join local cook Kate and visiting cook Dee to taste it and make a miso soup!


 

SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Family Hive Harvest Celebration
GATHERING 10.30 am – 1.30 pm | Drop-in
Squash Action Room & Garden

Bring the kids along to celebrate this beautiful, colourful autumn season with the Family Hive team. Together we’ll explore this special time of harvest by making pictures, telling stories, playing games, dancing, singing and eating tasty food!

Open to families with children 10yrs and under.

Plus…

Molecular Fizz Flavour Lab
Join us for taste tests, ingredients picking, flavour mixing and making some great autumn drinks!

Lead by art project ‘Company Drinks’

Taking Root; The Vision of Wangari Maathai
USA, 2008, dir. Lisa Merton, Alan Dater, 81 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FILM 4 pm | Booking required
Squash Action Room
CLICK TO BOOK NOW!

Discover the story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy.

Part of Scalarama Liverpool’s Uprising theme, exploring black activism across the world.

Followed by discussion lead by food and environmental actionist Deidre Dee Woods.

And short film: Hack the Root
UK, 2018, dir. Monika Koeck

See how Squash members worked with architectural scientist Mae-ling Lokko to make building blocks from mushrooms this summer. Full exhibition at RIBA North, Mann Island until 28th October.


 

FOOD FOR REAL: AUTUMN TAKES PLACE AT…

SQUASH
112 – 114 Windsor Street
Liverpool
L8 8EQ

Accessibility
Step free access. Disabled toilet.

Cafe and Shop
Opening times during the festival:
Friday 21st: 9 am – 7.30 pm
Saturday 22nd: 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday 23rd: 10 am – 4 pm

AND AT…

Grapes Community Food Garden
Next-door to Toxteth TV
Windsor Street

BOOKING

Food for Real activities are free / pay as you feel.

Visit the following links, or phone us on 0151 707 7897 to book your place, where required.

Intro to Sourdough – CLICK TO BOOK NOW!
Saturday 22nd | 10 am – 12 noon

Magic Miso – CLICK TO BOOK NOW!
Saturday 22nd | 1 pm – 3 pm

Documentary Film: Taking Root – CLICK TO BOOK NOW!
Sunday 23rd | 4 pm

Autumn Fest

Hello and welcome to FOOD FOR REAL: AUTUMN

We are SQUASH, an L8-based collective, passionate about food, art and community, and we invite you to our home on Windsor Street for a weekend celebrating the harvest.

In AUTUMN, the third of four seasonal events, we focus on local talent; the great people, produce, and ideas in our neighbourhood. At this Equinox time when day and night are of equal length, Food for Real: Autumn also explores balance and community wellbeing; taking time to work, rest, make and play, together.


 

FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER

The Art of Seed-Saving
WORKSHOP 10 am – 12 noon | Drop-in
Grapes Community Food Garden, next door to Toxteth TV, Windsor Street

Join the Grapes Growers to sort, clean and pack seeds collected from our gardens for the Toxteth Seed Library and choose a packet to take away to sow next spring!

The Hundred Year Harvest
DRAWING & DISPLAY 21st Sep – 28th Oct | Drop-in
OPENING PARTY 21st Sep 5 pm – 7.30 pm
Throughout Squash building.

Artist and local resident Nina Edge uses large drawings and maps to start conversations about planning, resources and food with L8 residents and visiting audiences.  This autumn she’ll make colourful drawings of a ‘Hundred Year Harvest’ on the windows of the new Squash building, inspired by Squash’s ground breaking Hundred Year Street Plan.

Plus – join us to draw your own paper crops on Saturday from 11 am – 2pm in the shop.

Part of Independents Biennial 2018.

Fruit and Veg Auction
FUNDRAISER 6.30pm | Drop-in
Squash Action Room

Bid on a banana, compete for a clementine… this autumnal auction is set to be a very fruitful (& veg-full) evening! All proceeds going to L8-based Hope Relief International for food aid for families in Yemen.

Get in touch to donate homegrown/made fruit, veg, jams and chutneys!

Part of Nina Edge’s ‘The Hundred Year Harvest’ Opening Party.


 

SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

Intro to Sourdough
WORKSHOP 10 am – 12 noon | Booking required
Squash Action Room
CLICK TO BOOK NOW!

To celebrate the Real Bread Campaign’s Sourdough September initiative, join Julie from Squash and Mark from Homebaked to learn more about how this delicious and healthy staple is made!

With support from Pat LB and also from Owen at Kensington Bread Company CIC.

(Participants to also be available intermittently throughout the afternoon for bread folding and early Sunday morning for the sourdough bake-off 8.30 am – 10 am)

Drawing the Harvest
WORKSHOP 11 am – 2 pm | Drop-in
Squash Shop

Join artist Nina Edge to draw your own paper crops!

Magic Miso
WORKSHOP 1 pm – 3 pm | Booking required
Squash Action Room
CLICK TO BOOK NOW!

FFR: Spring participants made miso (traditional Japanese soybean seasoning) and after half a year of fermentation, it’s time to join local cook Kate and visiting cook Dee to taste it and make a miso soup!


 

SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Family Hive Harvest Celebration
GATHERING 10.30 am – 1.30 pm | Drop-in
Squash Action Room & Garden

Bring the kids along to celebrate this beautiful, colourful autumn season with the Family Hive team. Together we’ll explore this special time of harvest by making pictures, telling stories, playing games, dancing, singing and eating tasty food!

Open to families with children 10yrs and under.

Plus…

Molecular Fizz Flavour Lab
Join us for taste tests, ingredients picking, flavour mixing and making some great autumn drinks!

Lead by art project ‘Company Drinks’

Taking Root; The Vision of Wangari Maathai
USA, 2008, dir. Lisa Merton, Alan Dater, 81 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FILM 4 pm | Booking required
Squash Action Room
CLICK TO BOOK NOW!

Discover the story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy.

Part of Scalarama Liverpool’s Uprising theme, exploring black activism across the world.

Followed by discussion lead by food and environmental actionist Deidre Dee Woods.

And short film: Hack the Root
UK, 2018, dir. Monika Koeck

See how Squash members worked with architectural scientist Mae-ling Lokko to make building blocks from mushrooms this summer. Full exhibition at RIBA North, Mann Island until 28th October.


 

FOOD FOR REAL: AUTUMN TAKES PLACE AT…

SQUASH
112 – 114 Windsor Street
Liverpool
L8 8EQ

Accessibility
Step free access. Disabled toilet.

Cafe and Shop
Opening times during the festival:
Friday 21st: 9 am – 7.30 pm
Saturday 22nd: 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday 23rd: 10 am – 4 pm

AND AT…

Grapes Community Food Garden
Next-door to Toxteth TV
Windsor Street

BOOKING

Food for Real activities are free / pay as you feel.

Visit the following links, or phone us on 0151 707 7897 to book your place, where required.

Intro to Sourdough – CLICK TO BOOK NOW!
Saturday 22nd | 10 am – 12 noon

Magic Miso – CLICK TO BOOK NOW!
Saturday 22nd | 1 pm – 3 pm

Documentary Film: Taking Root – CLICK TO BOOK NOW!
Sunday 23rd | 4 pm