Calling All Would Be “Grow your owners”

7 Jul 2020 Geoff Nuttall    Last updated: 7 Jul 2020

New Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful project supports growing and eating your own produce to build community resilience in the Covid-19 crisis

Environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has launched a new project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as a response to Covid-19.  The 'Food For Thought' project is a combination of ‘Grow your own’ and ‘Eat your own’ designed to help build resilience within communities, families and individuals.

The project is being delivered by Live Here Love Here in collaboration with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Belfast Food Network (BFN). TCV will distribute 550 growing packs suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces, large and small. These packs will contain seeds of salad leaves, vegetables or herbs which are suitable to sow from end July onwards, bags of peat free compost, gardening gloves, pots and a fork and trowel set. There are also some apple trees for those with suitable space to plant them.

The project will also include access to on-line webinars and video content; project partners Belfast Food Network will be creating a series of videos and recipes showing simple ways to use fresh produce. There will also be hints and tips from chefs and food producers across Northern Ireland.

KNIB are keen to point out that even growing a small amount of your own food brings well documented mental and physical health benefits, and can be a great connector to a wider community, while reducing air miles. 

To find out more about the Food For Thought project and apply for a growing pack visit www.liveherelovehere.org/foodforthought or contact [email protected] to get in touch.       

Applications will close on Monday 20th July at 12pm (noon)

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by Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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