Community Food Growing

Are you interested in growing food? Need some space or help?

The Community Food Growing Group has established a garden share scheme. This matches people who need suitable space in and around Stanley to grow food with those who have surplus land or space in their gardens, If you need – or can offer space- please get in touch survey form below)> We have a number of people looking for a polytunnel so please get in touch if you can help.

Our recent plant and seedling sale raised £136 – thanks to all volunteers and customers.

Fill in the survey form below or just get in touch and let us know if you are interested. We are also keen to hear from people who may have other ideas e.g. seed/plant swaps, talks, composting schemes. Maybe you’re willing to offer help and advice to newer gardeners?

Whatever you’re interested in we’d love to hear from you.

Contact Katrina on 01738 828709


Notes of the meetings of the Group

Notes from the Food Growing Meeting 18 April

Notes from the Food Growing Group Meeting – 3 October 2011

 

Growing Food Questionnaire

If you have any gardening questions or plants to swap, why don’t you try using the ‘Forum’ tab and see if you can get some of our members to help.

 

LANDSHARE SCHEME

Stanley Food Growing Group – Landshare Scheme – Suggestions for agreement between owner and gardener

The following note details the suggestions made by land owners and growers for things to think about when discussing and agreeing landshare opportunities.

  • Meet to discuss agreement.
  • Have a look at plot in question.
  • Agree what landshare means, e.g. grower not there to undertake all gardening, i.e. cutting grass, hedges.
  • Is there water available, how easy is it to get it especially when the owner is not there.
  • Is there a composting area to use.
  • Where should any rubbish be placed.
  • Is everything to be organically grown.
  • Is there any restrictions on type of manure to be used.
  • Can people bring children, dogs .
  • What are your thoughts about growers bringing radios or if they smoke.
  • Is there any place to store tools.
  • Think about whether invasive plants can be grown, i.e. horseradish, mint, oregano.
  • Do you want to share some of the produce grown.
  • What notice period would you want to give or get.
  • Note any restrictions on what can be grown.
  • Think about the number of people you would be happy to have in your garden at any one time.
  • Agree an approach to how either side will consider how to cover damage should it occur.  See next page.

A formal agreement process was not felt by most people to be necessary however we need to learn from the present experiences and add to this list. We also need to review the need for a formal agreement in time.

For people who preferred to have an agreement in place, two templates were provided, one from Landshare and one fromTotnesTransitionTown.  It was suggested that individuals use one of these as a basis for any agreement they may wish to put in place with their grower.  Copies of these templates can be obtained from Katrina.