Grow it, Cook it, Eat it

A community growing and cooking project

The Grow It, Cook It, Eat It project supports local people and communities to benefit from growing their own food at home and on communal land.  In Buckinghamshire one of the financial consequences of COVID-19 is an increase in people experiencing food insecurity.  Encouraging individuals on a low income to be involved in food growing and cooking can help to reduce food insecurity and promote healthier eating as well as the additional benefits of enhanced physical activity, reduced social isolation, an improvement in mental health and potentially helping to uplift community spirit.

Buckinghamshire Council has commissioned Community Impact Bucks to work as Expert Gardeners, guiding and supporting local volunteer Community Champion Growers to develop and manage Community Growing Sites in locations across Buckinghamshire that have been identified as areas of deprivation.  The Project is community-led with the support of the Expert Gardeners. 

Aim of the project

The Grow it, Cook it, Eat it project aims to develop a sustainable infrastructure, creating a resilient local food solution across Buckinghamshire. This is in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and focuses on areas where help is needed most in the community to ensure nobody goes without fresh food. The project brings communities together to:

  • Grow fresh produce on a communal growing site
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and choices
  • Create community cohesion, resilience and wellbeing
  • Educate and ensure people have the knowledge and skills to use the produce grown to develop nutritious meals, and utilise store cupboard staples.

How to get involved

For more information on the Community Growing Project, get in contact with Community Impact Bucks by emailing Karen at karen@communityimpactbucks.org.uk or calling 01844 617 231 / 07917 619230. If you’re interested in being part of a Community Growing Site download the Grow it, Cook it, Eat it registration form and email the completed form to Karen at the email address above.

The Grow it, Cook it, Eat it project complements the Gardening and Wellbeing Service and the Handy Helpers Service which are also provided by Community Impact Bucks.

Further details on the countywide project

Visit Grow It Cook It Eat It (healthandwellbeingbucks.org) to find out more on what is happening with the project countywide.

Additional sites coming soon

Buckingham – A site has been identified; we are hoping to start the project in November. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact karen@communityimpactbucks.org.uk / 01844 617 231 / 07917 619230.

Iver – We are working with the Iver Parish Council and the Iver Good Neighbour project to source a suitable site.

If you know of a piece of land suitable for a growing project or you are interested in getting involved, please contact karen@communityimpactbucks.org.uk / 01844 617 231 / 07917 619230.

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