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 – and with social distancing protocol firmly in place – local volunteers are creating a small-scale market garden which will grow everything from peas, rhubarb and garlic, to potatoes, chard and strawberries.
Since 2013, Growing Hubs 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 partnership between Northern Roots and Alexandra Park Growing Hub builds on Oldham Councils remarkable community food growing efforts last year. And with the help of our fantastic local volunteers, it’s quickly taking shape on site!
We’ll share more stories on our social platforms as the project develops, but you can find out more about Northern Roots’ plans for growing and our approach to creating a sustainable urban farm business model here.