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Craft lovers got stitching at Spitalfields City farm to raise awareness of food inequality

PUBLISHED: 17:59 22 June 2012

Craftivist and Oxfam volunteer Sarah Daly

Craftivist and Oxfam volunteer Sarah Daly

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Craft lovers got stitching at Spitalfield’s City Farm for the launch of a project aimed at spreading awareness about food inequalities.

Around 50 people sat on picnic blankets and enjoyed tomato jam sandwiches while stitching at last Sunday’s event.

Organisers The Craftivist Collective, a group combining craft with activism, provided empty jam jars containing sewing equipment and jam making instructions.

Participants then stitched a message on the jar lid with a promise that they would fill it with homemade jam and present it to their local MP, local shop keeper, family or friends to get people thinking about and act on food inequalities.

The project was inspired by Christine, a Kenyan farmer who gave the group’s founder Sarah Daly a tomato jam recipe.

Christine lost her husband and sister to AIDS, and was looking after orphaned children. She started growing tomatoes and joined a women’s co-operative to help send the children to school.

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