Sheffield is an active network of individuals and groups promoting
urban organic food growing which :
• stimulates and inspires individuals and communities
to grow food by providing education, information, access
to training and resources, visits, social and networking
events, skills and information sharing opportunities.
• promotes all the beneficial aspects of local
organic food growing – through the arts, in food
cultures, community building, physical and mental health
and well-being, local enterprise and economy and the
• raises awareness of wider issues of sustainability,
reducing food miles, oil dependency and ecological and
carbon footprints and increasing biodiversity.
• encourages increased access to and use of land
to provide local fresh and healthy food by influencing
decision makers to change policy.
• exchanges good practice on organic food growing
and community engagement throughout the UK with established
and embryo organisations.
We aim to have fun, enjoy what we do and do what we can!
Grow Sheffield works collaboratively and in partnership with a number
of organisations including: Transition Sheffield, Heeley City Farm,
Sharrow Partnership, and Sharrow Community Forum, Sharrow Encounters,
Access Space, Sheffield City Council, Sharrow School, Showroom Cinema
Grow Sheffield and Transition Sheffield have agreed to work closely
together to support each other’s activities as our aims and
objectives are strongly aligned. Follow this
link to Transition Sheffield.
A Bit of Background
Grow Sheffield was formed in 2007 by Anne-Marie Culhane an environmental
artist, community catalyst and grower. You can see info on the opening
event at the Showroom under the green tomato in the events
and activities page. This was also the first year of Abundance
– community urban fruit harvest
and Allotment Soup – celebrating
allotments, arts and harvest.
“My motivation for getting it going was to draw people together
to share knowledge, best practice on urban food and to ensure that
the importance of urban food and a supporting culture is recognised
as part of a sustainable city. It also feels important that a co-operative,
collaborative and creative community is as vital as learning the
skills required to grow food successfully ….Its really exciting
seeing people’s skills and participation grow and develop
and experiencing people clocking on to the importance and relevance
of growing food in cities…So many things have happened –
real projects – thanks to the fantastic volunteers”
We hope to provide lots of different opportunities and ways for
people to get together learn, celebrate and share. We have a core
team who are representatives for certain areas of our activities
and we operate on a consensus and co-operative basis.
We are currently a voluntary constituted group and always looking
to include more volunteers in all areas of our work.
We have received funding from Sheffield First Partnership Board
for the Environment, Sharrow Partnership, Co-operative Communities
Fund, Naturesave Trust, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Arts
Council (Yorkshire), Open Gate Trust.