G52 is a group of women who do their best to bring the community together by holding low cost events for all ages throughout the year.
One of the many aims of the group is to us fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise become part of a landfill. The group collect any unbought food from Smithfield marked every Thursday.
Matt Black, a notes poet and Paula Moss, a professional photographer, were linking a visit to G52 with a collaborative piece of artwork they are undertaking together with Life Lines, a long term project they are both involved in. They spent their time at G52 looking at the meaning of “Diversity” within Derbyshire and how the current economic changes are affecting people.
During their visit they accompanied Pat Javanaud from Derbyshire County Council Adult Education to Smithfield Market, where they were shown how food, which would otherwise be wasted, is brought back to Gamesley and issued to local people.
The fresh food project runs on a Thursday afternoon and is open to all.
In addition to the fresh food, there is always freshly prepared soup or another meal made from the ingredients available to the public.
A recipe is given to people and volunteers explain how simple the sample meal is to prepare, giving tips and advice.
Matt and Paula found the experience of their visit to G52 and their discussions with the volunteers enlightening and they themselves sampled the delicious green bean soup that was on offer during their visit.
Matt intends to use his experience to create a poem around the issue of diversity, economics and food wastage. This, along with the photos taken by Paula on the visit will go towards the piece of collaborative work they are undertaking.
The volunteers at G52 said they had enjoyed the visit and chatting to both Matt and Paula.