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 produces high quality fresh fruit and veg, which is distributed to families and communities in need across Oldham in partnership with Oldham Foodbank. It offers volunteers the opportunity to learn new skills, connect and interact with others, and supports positive mental and physical health.

Under the expert supervision of Hub Coordinator Hannah Williams, local volunteers have created a small-scale market garden which has produced everything from peas, rhubarb and garlic, to potatoes, chard and strawberries! We are very proud of our volunteers, who have brought the Community Food Growing Project to life and make an incredible contribution to the wider community.

 

 

Autumn & winter 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 are 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 October and March 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 Description SEP 21

Community Food Growing Project Volunteer EOI Form SEP 21

 

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 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.