While we believe strongly that no edible food should be wasted, and do our best to redistribute as much ‘surplus’ food as we can, we also know that growing our own food locally and composting any waste we can’t distribute can have enormous benefits for us all.
Growing food, getting outside into nature (especially if in a community location) is at the heart of so called Green Social Prescribing – you can read more about that in this article in the Independent. It’s been shown to be good for our mental health and wellbeing.
Then there’s the access to good quality fresh food – which we know is expensive in the shops! Food grown and eaten locally saves the CO2 involved in commercial growing, packaging, and transportation, it’s a win-win all around!
Our volunteers, in partnership with General Public, The Active Wellbeing Society, Birmingham Community Solidarity, St Paul’s Community Development Trust & Birmingham Friends of the Earth run a number of sites across the city. You can read more about the project here: https://www.compostculture.co.uk/
How Can I Get Involved?
If you’d like to get involved by volunteering at one of our Grow Sites, please get in touch by completing this short form with your name, contact details, area you’re interested in and days you are available, and one of our co-ordinators will get back to you.
If one of or volunteer co-ordinators contacts you, and we can’t offer you a position on a day that’s convenient for you, please don’t get disheartened! There are many other similar growing projects across the city you could approach. Here are a few suggestions: