Approximately 250 people are looking for land in the Mendip District, and latent demand could double this number. So what can you do to get growing right now? This page compiles the latest opportunities and resources across Mendip for anyone wanting to grow their own & get involved in local food.
Where you can get your hands dirty...
- Torganics at Paddington Farm in Glastonbury, have regular volunteer days on a Wednesday. FFI: Info@torganics.co.uk
- Healing Waters Community Project at the Healing Waters healing retreat centre in Glastonbury welcome volunteers in their flower gardens & biodynamic field project. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01458 835859
- Red Brick Building in Street/Glastonbury welcome volunteers and are launching a growing project this Summer with young people from across the area. FFI: email@example.com
- Bishops Palace Community Garden. A new garden at The Bishop’s Palace needs a team of enthusiastic, green-fingered volunteers to drive it forward and make it a hub of community activity in Wells. Volunteers will take part in activities such as learning about vegetable growing, flowers and herbs. Horticultural experience is an advantage but beginners are completely welcome. FFI: Amanda Clay 01749 988111 extension 211, Mon-Wed or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rethink the mental health charity in Wells have a growing space with a pollytunnel & raised beds. They would welcome volunteers who would be interested in growing with their clients. Volunteers would have to go through the standard Rethink volunteering process. FFI: Richard.email@example.com
Vallis Veg is an 18-acre market garden & permaculture project near Frome that run a vegbox scheme. They have regular open days & variety of events including gardening lessons with local gardener, Des Harris. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mount Community Association Garden welcomes volunteers to join the team who grow vegetables, fruits & flowers for sale at reduced prices to people from the Mount Estate in Frome. In 2011 the garden won the ‘outstanding’ award in the RHS Its your neighbourhood category. FFI: email@example.com
Schools across the Mendip district also have growing projects, including Baltonsborough, Crispin, St Dunstans, Wells Blue and more. If they don’t perhaps you can support them to start one?
Get more active for Community Food...
Organising with a others as part of a local group is one of the most effective things you can do to work for sustainable foo. If you don’t have one, why not start one?
Active Groups in Mendip
- Transition Glastonbury has an active food group with projects such as Glastonbury Gets More Nuts, Love Local Food Pledges and more. www.transitionglastonbury.org.uk
- Sustainable Frome is a local community organization, which is doing a whole host of things to promote sustainability in and around the town, including running an apple group, permaculture courses & more. http://www.sustainablefrome.org.uk/