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Growing Local

www.growinglocal.org.uk

Contact Pat on 07813622890 or Lisa on 01432 268907

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  • Type of Enterprise
  • Fresh Fruit Sales
  • Fresh Vegetable Sales

“Growing Local is Going Local”
is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.

Based in Herefordshire, the Company offers educational, land based-courses and activities for children and adults.

Growing Local is Going Local runs a vegetable box scheme,
delivering locally grown vegetables to schools, organisations and communities within
Hereford City and the surrounding area.

The venture aims to develop links between local growers and the community

 

 Our aim is to connect people to the land and land to the people.

 

Connecting People To The Land

Growing Local is Going Local is a community interest company that encourages and educates communities to grow and eat local food.
 
Herefordshire is an agricultural county. Herefordshire farmers grow a huge variety of agricultural products. The county is renowned for its cattle, hops, orchards and soft fruit. Many local farmers are using what they grow to create high quality food products.
 
We aim to connect this valuable resource to the community. We do this by engaging local fruit and vegetable growers in a vegetable bag scheme, delivering to local schools and other community organisations.
 
Access to the land and the rich Herefordshire soil is essential for the community to grow and produce its own food.
 
We aim to connect people to the land. We do this by providing land-based activities at the sites where our fruit and vegetables are produced and at a variety of other local farms.

Growing Local is Going Local is working to:

Raise awareness of local, seasonal food
Improve health in the community
Reduce food miles
Support local growers
Encourage a sustainable community
Increase pleasure and interest in the growing and eating of local food
Community Interest Companies (CICs) are limited companies which conduct a business for community benefit. CICs are established for community purposes; all assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes.
 
The profit raised from all the activities undertaken by Growing Local is Going Local will be used to provide quality land-based educational activities for the community.
 
Growing Local is Going Local was established in June 2009. It is based in Hereford City. It works with two vegetable growers at Tillington and Carey who supply the produce and the land for educational activities. A community allotment has been developed at the Tillington farm. The vegetable bag scheme operates on Thursdays and delivery is to nine primary schools and several other city organisations.

 
Growing Local is Going Local Community Interest Company is coordinated by a professional gardener and designer and two qualified teachers with twenty and twenty five years experience.

   

 

Delivery to Schools and Offices

Thursdays  

Weekly:  Brookfield School, Broadlands, Sutton St Nicholas, Lord Scudamore, Hampton Dene primary school, Shire Hall     Library, Concern Universal Office (Bridge Street)                             

Fortnightly:  Stretton Sugwas, Canon Pyon, St James, Lugwardine and Marden primary schools and St Mary’s Secondary School.

Home deliveries

Thursday   

Weekly:  North and West Hereford City, South and East Hereford City

Fortnightly:  Canon Pyon, Moreton, Marden,  Stretton Sugwas, Sutton St Nicholas, Withington, Lugwardine, Bartestree

 If you would like a home delivery but do not live in any of the above areas please contact us. We may be able to adjust our delivery pattern to meet your needs.

Bag Sizes

Vegetable bags come in three sizes:

Small       – £8.00
Medium – £11.00
Large      – £16.00
Free range eggs can be ordered with the bags:

1 dozen   – £2.80
or separately 1 dozen – £3.00

A large bag each week would suit a family with two or more children, or taken fortnightly would suit two people.
A medium bag each week would suit two people or a family with one or two children.
A small bag each week would suit a single person or those who eat fewer vegetables.
Bags can be ordered every week, every fortnight or at a frequency that suits the buyer.
Empty jute bags are returned each week to the drop-off-point to be collected and reused by Growing Local is Going Local.

Ordering

To make an order please contact your local drop-off-point or contact Growing Local is Going Local by email, post or phone. You will receive a seasonal order form to be completed for a three month period. The order can be cancelled at any time by giving one week’s notice. Payment is in advance. You will be invoiced a month at a time. Payment can be by cheque, cash or direct debit.

You can also order online now! If you would like to order a Bag just follow this link to our ordering page.

Development:

If your local school is not yet a drop-off-point please contact Growing Local is Going Local. We are expanding our business all the time and are looking to include more Herefordshire schools in the scheme.
 
The vegetable bag scheme supports local growers, provides fresh, local and seasonal produce to the community and subsidises educational activities for children and adults.

Contacts:

Growing Local is Going Local Community Interest Company is Pat Gordon, Lisa Allender and Heather Percy
 
We can all be contacted:

by email: info@growinglocal.org.uk
by telephone: Pat on 07813622890 Lisa on 01432 268907
by post: 53 Stanhope Street, Whitecross, Hereford HR4 0HA

 

 

Growing Skills for the Future: land-based educational courses for the Community.

Growing Local Courses
Primary School Educational Courses
Secondary School Educational Courses
Adult Educational Courses
Resources
Development

Growing Local Courses
Our land-based education courses are designed to raise awareness and understanding of local and seasonal food. They improve health, reduce food miles, help build sustainable communities and encourage children to discover the pleasures of growing their own food.
 
Primary School Educational Courses
Growing Local is Going Local offers tailored land-based courses for primary school children. Courses are a single half day visit or a weekly half-day visit as part of a three, four or six week course. Each visit will be for two hours. Visits are for half classes with up to fifteen pupils or full classes with up to thirty pupils. Half classes are preferred. The courses can be arranged and adapted to provide the most appropriate education for any group of pupils. Full consultation with the School will precede any visit. All courses provide extra-curricular activities, building on National Curriculum Science, Art and PSHE attainment targets.
 
Courses are offered with a combination of any of the following activities:
Growing vegetables on an allotment – learning about seasonal food production through sowing, planting, crop-care, harvesting, looking after the soil, composting, rainwater harvesting, encouraging wildlife and creating ecosystems.
Garden art and craft – exploring the creative aspects of food production and gardening through garden design, sculpture using willow, metal, wood, recycled materials, murals, herb planters, painted pots, identifying and drawing minibeasts, making scarecrows, tin can wind chimes, bird seed feeders, nesting boxes.
Helping with farm animals: learning about animal care through feeding, cleaning, handling and bedding down lambs and calves.
Visiting a small animal farm – learning about animal care through cleaning, feeding and handling small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
Conservation activities – learning about the environment that supports farming and food production through pond dipping, hedgerow surveys, wild flower surveys and plant identification.
Transport by minibus can be provided by Growing Local is Going Local. The School can provide its own transport if available.
 
Instruction is conducted by fully trained teachers and trainers from Going Local is Going Local.
 
Secondary School Educational Courses
Growing Local is Going Local is seeking to offer nationally recognised courses and tailored land-based courses for the 14-16 age-groups. One day visits are available. Most courses run weekly for an academic term or for an academic year. Courses can be arranged and adapted to provide the most appropriate education for any group of students. Full consultation with the School will precede any visit. Courses can include vegetable propagation, growing and harvesting; livestock care and environmental studies.
 
Growing Local is Going Local is committed to providing accredited, nationally recognised qualifications and is working in partnership with other training providers to achieve this. Accredited courses currently on offer include

· NOCN Qualifications – Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) Post 14 – Entry Level 3 and Level 1, Award, Certificate and Diploma

· NPTC Skills for Working Life at entry level 2 and 3

· Practical elements of Land-Based Studies Diploma at level 2.

Instruction is conducted by fully trained and accredited teachers and trainers from Going Local is Going Local.
 
Adult Educational Courses
Growing Local is Going Local offers tailored land-based education and therapeutic courses for adults of all ages and abilities.
 
Courses are half day or full day. They can be adapted to extend over several weeks if required.
 
Courses can be for single adults or groups of adults, including those with disabilities. Full consultation will precede any visit.
 
Courses can include:

Vegetable growing – propagation, growing and harvesting.
How to set up an allotment, including garden design and soil maintenance.
Working with nature – crop care and garden ecology.
Garden related craft
Seasonal food – plot to plate.
Instruction is conducted by fully trained teachers and trainers from Growing Local is Going Local.
 
Resources
Growing Local is Going Local has a community allotment at Tillington Court Farm, Burghill. It is divided into four plots – Growing Local is Going Local has one plot; Scudamore Primary School and Brookfield School have one plot each and the fourth plot is our African Garden.  Most instruction will take place at this allotment. The allotment has two 10m x 4.2m poly-tunnels. Tools, seeds and compost are provided. All course participants are requested to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
 
Instruction also takes place on other farms in Herefordshire. Home Farm at Dulus, Eways Harold provides opportunities for livestock farming and environmental education with Will and Maddy Bradley. Occasional sessions can take place within the School premises if requested. Garden craft activities take place at the Tillington allotment or on School premises. All resources are provided, as arranged between the School and Growing Local is Going Local.
 
Minibuses are hired by Growing Local is Going Local for transport to the Tillington allotment or to any other farm location.
 

Development
Please contact Growing Local is Going Local if you are interested in any of our courses. We are developing our courses all the time and are keen to adapt courses to the interests and needs of any individual group. In the future we hope to extend the education of local and seasonal food production by providing food preparation and cookery training for children and adults.

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