Community Food Growing Project

In 2020 Northern Roots teamed up with Alexandra Park Growing Hub to create a new community growing project on the Northern Roots site. The project was established to grow fresh fruit and veg for communities across Oldham during the Covid 19 pandemic. High quality local produce, grown on the site by volunteers, is distributed to families and communities in need across Oldham in partnership with Oldham Foodbank. Volunteers get the opportunity to learn new skills, connect with others, support health and wellbeing, and make a real difference to the community.

 

Under the expert supervision of Hub Coordinator Hannah Williams, local volunteers have created a small-scale market garden in the ‘no dig’ style. The market garden produces everything from peas, rhubarb and garlic, to potatoes, chard and strawberries! We’re very proud of our volunteers, who’ve transformed a patch of grass into a vibrant and productive growing project, and make an incredible contribution to the wider community.

 

 

Volunteering now live

If you’ve got a couple of hours to spare each week, would like to meet new people, learn new skills and contribute to this project, we’re currently looking for new volunteers.  You don’t need any experience of growing veg and you’ll learn lots about sowing, planting and creating growing beds in the ‘no dig’ style. You’ll also get to take home a share of the fresh produce you help grow.

We are looking for volunteers between February and April to help prepare the growing areas for over winter and spring planting, and to create more growing beds. Our weekly volunteer sessions times are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-12pm & 1-3pm.

If you’d like to become a Community Food Growing Volunteer, please read the Role Description and return the Expression of Interest Form below to Hannah Williams at hannah.williams@oldham.gov.uk

 

Community Food Growing Project VOLUNTEER ROLE January 2022

Community Food Growing Project Volunteer EOI Form JAN 22

 

If you’ve got any questions or want to have a chat with Hannah about any aspect of volunteering on the Community Food Growing Project, get in touch.

 

Get Oldham Growing

Since 2013, Growing Hubs, including Alexandra Park Growing Hub, have been developed across Oldham by Oldham Council in collaboration with local communities and groups like Veg in the Park CIC. Providing community growing space, the Hubs offer volunteering, skills and education opportunities around food growing and sustainability.

 

When Covid19 struck in March 2020, all available growing space at Alexandra Park Depot – the working heart of Oldham Council’s Environmental Services team – was turned over to growing food for communities hit hard by the pandemic. Growing space at the Depot is normally used to raise 130,000 ornamental bedding plants for use across the borough. In 2020 it was used to grow peppers, salad leaf, potatoes, spring onions – and much more.

 

The Community Food Growing Project at Northern Roots builds on Oldham Councils remarkable community food growing efforts in 2020. With the help of our fantastic volunteers, the Community Food Growing Project produced 120 veg boxes and 125 veg bags for local communities between July and September 2021.

 

Veg boxes contained a range of produce including 834 carrots, 74.5 kg potatoes, 22.8 kg cherry tomatoes and 18.6 kg salad leaf!  They also contained Broad Beans, Cabbage, Chard, Courgette, Cucumber, French Beans, Garden Peas, Garlic, Kale, Little Gem Lettuce, Mint, Onions, Rhubarb, Rocket, Runner Beans,  Salad Tomatoes, Spring Onion and Sugar Snap Peas.