Grow Sheffield was a partner in this NUS Students’ Green Fund project with the University of Sheffield Students Union, Sheffield Hallam Students Union, Sheffield College Students Union, and Fareshare Yorkshire.
The two year project (2013-2015) was all about encouraging students to get more engaged with sustainability through food: growing and harvesting it, making more ethical and healthy choices in buying it, cooking it, wasting less of it, and enagaging with food poverty through food donations/food banks. The project website is www.sheffieldonaplate.com
Grow Sheffield’s main role in the project was to provide a link between students who are interested in sustainable food growing/harvesting and opportunties to participate and volunteer in the community food projects delivered by small charities and community groups across the city.
We helped to develop growing sites at the Sheffield College and Sheffield Hallam University Collegiate Campus, and continued to support the Student Eats allotment at the University of Sheffield.
We ran growing workshops at the lovely Huerta growing space in Sheffield city centre and at the college and universities, led community fruit harvests, tree grafting workshops, chutney-making sessions, raised bed-building days, community orchard planting and lots more. We also worked with three local student landlords to develop food-growing spaces in their back gardens, and made a video of the process.