We are now a group of fourteen people (three volunteers, one non-investor/renter, six children between us and four investors with two properties. Within the spaces we have we are building a community hub/pub and a house with an acre of land where we are trying to grow as much food as possible for the fourteen of us.
We’ve already discovered how much surplus we have from the seeds we’re growing and plan to have a stall at our hub selling surplus seedlings. This will hopefully generate a bit of money to cover the costs of the seeds we buy annually.
A meadow we have used to be for alpacas so is essentially a blank canvas which we want to use to increase our growing capacity.
Whilst researching forest gardens I came across this amazing lady on YouTube. She has under an acre of land but is selling veg boxes to her local community. This means more people have access to food that hasn’t been sprayed. If everyone who had a good-sized garden used it to grow food imagine the health benefits we’d be seeing.
Once we’d grown enough for ourselves we could sell our surplus to others.
There are so many opportunities for people out there but we just don’t see them. Our schools teach us to get a job then buy a nice house and sit in the garden at weekends. How about if we use that garden to come away from a job we don’t like and benefit our local community too?
Growing our own food is a complete win-win – we just need more people to do it.
For more information check out our website. We are now working closely with the PFFA who are creating great events with Chay Godfrey from Crops not Shops. There’s no excuse not to grow your own veg anymore and what greater time than now!