Want to grow your own vegetables but dont know where to start or dont have the time? Then join Arbourthorne Food Growers – Its free!
Our Community Grower James has started a new group in Arbourthorne.
- A couple of hours to join a small team of volunteers to help in a neighbours garden
- Help from a team of volunteers to help set yo a fruit and veg patch in your garden
- Advice and support from experienced growers
- Free seeds to help get you started
Everyone welcome! This is suitable for all levels of experience – especially beginners.
If you dont have a garden you can still join as a volunteer to help others and you can pick up tips on growing food in containers.
For more info or to join contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Grow Sheffield Office on 0114 258 0784.
From Saturday 16th March until Saturday 23rd March, 270 gardens across 27 UK towns and cities are opening their gates to fledgling green-fingered enthusiasts. This will be the largest ever Big Dig community gardening week, engaging thousands of people in volunteer-run food-growing projects.
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming today announced that 24 towns and cities, including Sheffield, have signed up to be part of the biggest ever community gardening volunteering day on 16th March 2013.
200 gardens across England will be taking part, with six sites already signed up in Sheffield. To date the Big Dig project has recruited 5,000 new volunteers and created over 18,000 opportunities for volunteers to take part in community gardening nationwide. The Big Dig Day will hope to tap into and channel the enthusiasm that exists both for gardening and volunteering and promote the positive effects that this can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and their communities.
Linda Cleave, a volunteer from the People’s Community Garden in Southampton is in her 70s and has been coming to the garden for about 3 years. She had significant health problems in her childhood. She is a widow and both her grown-up children live elsewhere. Linda says: “Everything I do is solitary, and I wanted to meet people. I feel I have a use – that I’m putting something back into the community. I need fresh air and exercise for my health – and to keep going. So if I have something to get me up and out in the morning – like the People’s CommunityGarden – it’s great for me!”
The Big Dig’s Clare Horrell said “We are delighted with the enthusiasm that our partner towns and cities have shown in taking part in the Big Dig volunteering day. We want to use the Big Dig Day to get thousands of new people involved and reap the positive effects that a community garden can have on them individually and on their communities”
Carlton Smith, Chief Executive of the Bradford Community Environment Project said “We are delighted to be part of the Big Dig and are looking forward to welcoming new people to our gardens. Working with your local community or creating your own space to grow fruit and vegetables is good for you physically, spiritually and is good for your pocket. Food growing is fun and a great way to meet new people. We want more people to experience the benefits to their health and wellbeing that comes from community gardening”
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said ““The Big Dig has a fantastic record of engaging people in community gardening and this event will provide a real focus to help get even more people involved. The Olympics showed how much of a positive difference people can make by giving their time through volunteering and we should harness some of this enthusiasm to help the amazing range of community gardens that we have”.
To get involved with The Big Dig in Sheffield, either as a volunteer, or as a community growing site, email Tom at Grow Sheffield at email@example.com or check out the online map at http://www.bigdig.org.uk/
Our Core Team is the governing body for Grow Sheffield and manages the strategic vision of the organisation.
Our current Chair (and secretary!) Vanessa Senger has decided that she will not stand for re-election next year or take responsibility for the Secretary vacancy from 2013/14, partly because she is planning to travel abroad later in the year, but mostly because she feels that it is time for someone else to have a go! (Her words not ours!)
We hold core team meetings every two months and we have a co-chair (Jake Harries) who will be an immense support to the new person. We will need someone who has (or is willing to absorb!) an overview of Grow Sheffield and its strategic direction and its role in the city. For this reason, it is important that we have a long hand over period so we would hope to recruit the new appointments as soon as possible.
Please note that these are voluntary roles.
Anyone who is interested then please contact Vanessa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharrow Club and Abundance Sheffield have teamed up to create a feel good treat. For £30 you can receive a fruit tree and membership to Sharrow Club
This new club has been set up by Creative Action Network to raise funds throughout the year for the Sharrow Festival and Sharrow Lantern Carnival. As well as creating an annual programme of fundraiser events at The Old Junior School, South View Road, offering event and publicity support to individuals and venues who want to run their own fundraisers, you can also become a member.
As well contributing to the overall fundraising effort of both events (of which combined cost over £14,000) membership also offers reduced entry to 5 events in Sharrow, regular offers and deals from local venues and organisations and first invites to special events, previews and workshops. Fancy attending one of our Secret Supper Clubs, Family Cook Alongs, creative workshops or evening events for a reduced fee?
Abundance Sheffield, who work with volunteers to harvest seasonal fruit across the city and redistribute to the local community on a non profit making basis, have handgrafted these fruit trees (mostly plums, gages and cherries); so why not order your tree and membership deal now!
For more information email@example.com or 07854983197
Tom James has unfortunately left us for the warmer southern climates! However, we are really pleased to announce that Danny Antrobus is our new recruit and he has taken over as the Sheffield Food Network Project Leader. The Sheffield Food Network will be ready to launch very soon and Danny will be busy organising a series of “launch” activities. As ever if you know of any businesses that you think should be on the network then please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively we have a great team of volunteers who help out with this project so please do let us know if you would like to get involved with that.
Come and have a cup of tea and some cake with us this Friday!
Every Friday we hold a “pop in cafe” between 1-3pm (term-time) at the Beighton TARA at 1 Rose Avenue, Beighton, South East Sheffield, S20 1FZ . Come along for a free cuppa and you even get a slice of home made cake!
Grow Sheffield, Westfield Sports College and Beighton TARA have teamed to organise a pop in cafe and gardening club on a Friday afternoon. The café will provide an opportunity for people to meet up, learn and share a wide variety of food growing skills and have a cuppa served from local young people from Westfield Sports College.
Grow Sheffield’s experienced Community Grower will be able to show the attendees how to grow from a small pot or bucket so that everyone feels that this is something they can do – regardless of where they live or whether they have access to a garden. The group will also have a chance to taste some of the foods in a way perhaps they haven’t before, for example, courgette chocolate cake!
This project has been funded by Sheffield City Council’s Reducing Isolation and Lonliness Fund.
Contact email@example.com for more info.
Grow Sheffield is really pleased to announce that we can now offer some food growing training! This is something that we get asked about a lot and unfortunately we havent had the resources for a while. However, starting in January we will be putting on a variety of training starting with food growing for beginners. Click here for more info