Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Growing Support Nov 29. 0 Replies

Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

Started by Growing Support Aug 17. 0 Replies

We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

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How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Mini community garden in Watchet

Started by charles birch. Last reply by Mrs Susan Calvo Oct 12, 2016. 1 Reply

On the 14th. of march we set up a very small veg. bed. see U tube" admirals corner incredidible edible"on the17th. of June we harvested the potatoes. they were first 'Earlies' and made just over 21…Continue

Growing Resilience

Our Growing Resilience project has now finished, however information has been kept here for reference:

Grassroots workshops

These one day workshops can be taken as part of a wider accredited course or as stand alone days. It is also possible to just participate in certain sessions.

Together we will share our experiences, learn new skills & create new knowledge in re-building our food system in Somerset & beyond.

Workshop One: Localising Food Systems

10 - 3, Street, Saturday 1st March 2014
Fruit Tree Planting, Care & Pruning • What is local food? What is Food Sovereignty? What does this mean and look like? • Introduction to community organising, communicating in groups & organising effective events

Workshop 2: Making Decisions Locally

10 - 3, Frome, Saturday 29th March 2014
Seed sowing & propagating plants • Making decisions in groups • Seed sovereignty & corporate control of seeds • Access to land • Growing with children & young people

Workshop 3: Food for People

10 - 3, Bridgwater, Saturday 5th April 2014
Soil care • Food Poverty in Somerset & Injustices in our food system • Effective outreach & organising • Social diversity in our communities • How to start a Food Cooperative • Grassroots

Workshop 4: Valuing Food Providers

10 - 3, Glastonbury, Saturday 19th April 2014
Growing salads & vegetables • Scaling up food production & market gardening • Introduction to Community Supported Agriculture • Livelihoods for Growers • Starting a community garden

Workshop 5: Building Knowledge & Skills

10 - 3, Yeovil, Saturday 3rd May 2014
Growing soft fruit • Popular education • Organising skill sharing events • Sustaining healthy groups • Mentoring others

Workshop 6: Working with Nature

10 - 3, Minehead, Saturday 17th May 2014
Advanced soil care & fertility building • Introduction to ecological design • Introduction to alternative systems such as permaculture and agroecology

 Somerset Community Food offered a qualification in Community Horticulture. The course was an APT (previously OCN) Level 2 Progression Award in Community Horticulture, which could become part of a longer certificate or diploma course.

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