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.
Background to the project
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
If you are interested in helping out at the Community Growing Project sites, below is a list of some of the activities you can take part in:
- Planting: bulbs, seeds, plugs
- Tending/watering the plants, tidying the garden, weeding and harvesting
- Tool maintenance
- Event/activity planning
- Donating: materials, plants, tools, seeds
If you have any gardening or growing knowledge to share, the team would love to hear from you. There are also opportunities to help by nurturing young plants and seeds at home, picking up donations and putting up posters in the local area.
For more information on the Community Growing Project, get in contact with Community Impact Bucks by emailing Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01844 617231 / 07821 133408.Back