GROWING Worcestershire: A Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture and Community Involvement in Food Growing

Growing Worcestershire aims:

  1. To re-connect young and older people to food how it is grown and to local food producers:
  2. To increase food security and sustainability in the region, reduce the carbon footprint of Worcestershire and reliance on fossil fuels and increase biodiversity of the local environment.
  3. To support resources for school children and for adults with learning or physical difficulties.
  4. To improve public health, physical, mental and emotional, by encouraging healthy eating, and exercise by engagement in growing food by providing practical advice on food and growing.
  5. To build a sense of community through shared resources for urban or rural areas.
  6. To increase the profitability and local employment prospects of local food growers and manufacturers on a commercial scale.
  7. To encourage a circular economy with more money being spent in Worcestershire staying in Worcestershire
  8. To help local growers and the large-scale food industry to engage with communities and voluntary groups.
  9. To reduce food waste and therefore reduce WCC’s disposal costs.
  10. To attract celebrity chefs and make the County a thriving food destination for outside visitors bringing in inward investment.
  11. To encourage a healthy leisure pursuit.
  12. To ensure that local infrastructure (transport, energy, water etc.) effectively supports commercial food growing and that better use is made of available land.

Eventual Scope of the project

  • Window sill, container and balcony growing
  • Private gardens
  • Square foot gardens
  • garden sharing schemes
  • Allotments
  • City farms
  • Community gardens
  • Community orchards
  • Keyhole gardens
  • Care farms
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Abundance projects – sharing glut foods
  • Making use of waste land and unproductive spaces (as in Todmorden)

Potential other projects could include

  • Eco gardening and recycling
  • Cookery lessons and demonstrations
  • Marketing
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Community gardens
  • Local food centres
  • a food guide for Worcestershire, which encourages use of locally grown produce.
  • Intergenerational knowledge with older people sharing their knowledge and experiences of growing, preserving, cooking and eating food – perhaps with audio archives in partnership with museums and schools
  • Work-place allotments

We welcome any suggestions and input from stakeholders. Contact us.