Community Food Growing Project

Northern Roots has teamed up with Alexandra Park Growing Hub to create a new growing project on the Northern Roots site, growing fresh fruit and veg for families and communities in need across Oldham. Under the expert supervision of Hub Coordinator Hannah Williams, local volunteers have created a small-scale market garden which is growing everything from peas, rhubarb and garlic, to potatoes, chard and strawberries.

 

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 last year. With the help of our fantastic local volunteers, it’s nearly a year old and is providing a steady stream of fresh produce to residents and communities in need across Oldham.

 

The Big Potato Harvest! Can you help?

Can you spare a couple of hours for our big potato harvest?! Our Community Growing Food Volunteer Team are looking for help on Thursdays in September to help harvest potatoes grown for Oldham Foodbank.
 
Grown using the no-dig method means we will not be doing lots of heavy digging. Why not join us as a team volunteer day, helping this great community project? Individuals or teams up to 15 welcome. Great opportunity to support local volunteering and local communities, while working safely outdoors.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Hannah Williams at hannah.williams@oldham.gov.uk to find out more.