Introduction to Care Farming in Lincolnshire
It’s clear that there’s a lot of scope for this in Lincolnshire. If you’re interested in find out more or being part of a Care Farming network, please get in touch.
Everyone’s welcome – if you eat, you’re in!
Find your nearest community garden
Go to Lincolnshire’s Good to Grow map to locate your nearest community garden or growing space, with details of how to contact them and get involved.
Add your community growing space to the map
If you are planning or involved with a community growing space that is not yet on this map, I’d like to invite and encourage you to add your garden to the map here.
The Good to Grow Network is for everyone, whether you’re growing food already or keen to get started. We welcome community gardens, allotments, school gardens, city farms, growing enterprises and growers. Registering is free and takes about five minutes.
We have chosen to create a Lincolnshire map with Good to Grow (instead of the google map that we started with) for a few reasons:
- It’s a really useful, user-friendly map, with images and details
- We can be part of something bigger – and add our energies to the Good to Grow network run by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, whom we support (instead of google)
- Good to Grow organises events that may be relevant to you, helps recruit new volunteers, and offers reduced cost insurance to member groups
- You can remain in control of your details, make any changes / updates quickly and easily, and keep it bang up to date!
Please do go ahead and add your garden – and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or difficulties.
Nothing growing in your area?
If it appears that there are no community growing spaces near you, pop us a message, as we are aware of a number of gardens that are not yet on this map, and we may be able to put you in touch. If there’s nothing happening near you, find some friends and neighbours and start something yourselves! There are loads of great resources on the Incredible Edible website.
Resources for community growing
There’s a lot that you can do without money, formal documents or official structures – we need these things to serve us instead of being barriers to adding care, connection and beauty to our communities.
That said, if you decide that you want to apply for funding, your group will almost certainly need to be formally constituted, with a bank account and a minimum of three trustees.
Here is an example of a model constitution that you are welcome to use:
With thanks to Linda Scrutton and Dunston Community Garden Group for allowing us to adapt this from their constitution.
How to start a community growing project
A fantastic guide from the Incredible Edible Network – you’ll need to register first – it’s free to join and you gain access to tons of useful resources and downloadables.
Some favourites of mine are:
- easily editable posters and flyers
- growing in your street
- crop planner
- creating good signage – plus this inspiration from other sign-makers
Charity setup is the Small Charities Coalition guide to setting up a new charity – they offer an easy to follow guide for starting up.
How to fund your growing project
Getting started doesn’t need to be expensive – but if you decide you need funding to scale up, here are some pots of funding available to community gardens:
- DPD Eco fund – Anyone can apply for funding from the DPD Eco Fund, although they particularly encourage schools and educational facilities working on green projects with their students. (Scroll down, it’s near the bottom of the page!) green.dpd.co.uk
- Community Wildlife Grant – £50 to 500, for parish councils, charities and constituted voluntary groups in Lincolnshire. Includes funds for tree and hedge planting, village nature area creation, leaflets and information boards. https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grants-funding/apply-community-wildlife-grant
- Magic Little Grants – £500 for charities and community groups. Includes funding for improving biodiversity and green spaces, enabling participation in physical activity, responding to the climate emergency, promoting sustainability and increasing community access to outdoor space. https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/
- Awards for all – £300-£1000 for small organisations, to build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, and to help more people to reach their potential. www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england
If you’re starting a garden or allotment, Spiral Seed are kindly offering this really useful guide to starting a healthy, organic garden using permaculture design principles. Big thank you to Graham Burnett!
Huw Richards provides a fantastic free youtube resource for growing veg.
Calendar credit: selfsufficientschools.co.uk – you might like to sign their petition to make school food-growing and self-sufficiency a dedicated national curriculum subject.
More community growing inspiration from Lincolnshire
- Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners Organisation – a brilliant organisation, with tons of local knowledge, a stall on Lincoln Farmers Market, and lots of talks, visits and events.
- Ropsley Market Garden – Lincolnshire’s first Community Supported Agriculture – a model for a sustainable, local food future
Growing Projects in Schools
- School growing projects – Resources and information for schools from the RHS
- Allotment Cooks – growing, cooking and eating, from a Lincolnshire secondary school teacher and allotment grower, active on social media
- Food for Life – schools scheme from the Soil Association
Recent online events:
Incredible Edible is all about galvanising communities through food. We’re seized winter lockdown as an opportunity to connect online – to share, imagine and plan the growing spaces that we’d like to create in 2021…
Connecting with the council on public growing projects
Monday 1st March, 10am
We hear from Matthew Davey, Environment and Community Projects Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, and Kate Bell, Climate Change manager at Lincoln City Council on their approach to working with community groups.
- how to apply for a community wildlife grant
- how to nominate an asset of community value
- sustainability toolkit
- map of Lincoln’s green spaces
Growing in schools
Monday 15th February, 10am
- Emma Keyworth from Washingborough Academy will give us a guided tour of the inspiring and pioneering growing work at a Lincolnshire Primary school
- Jayne Hickling, a secondary school teacher and founder of Allotment Cooks, on growing food with teenagers
- Kim Smith from TastEd talking about enjoying fruit and veg with kids with “more carrot, less stick!”
Gardening for Wildlife
Saturday 16th January, 7pm
You’ve missed a good one, but I made some notes for you here.
Community Growing in Lincoln
Monday 1st February, 10am
We heard from Liquorice Park, University Herb Garden, St Andrew’s Garden, Sincil Bank Community Allotment, Hillside, Ellie’s Garden and St Giles Garden.
Quick overview of this series of online events, 2021
We’ve mapped foodbanks, community larders and affordable cafes across Lincolnshire.
Find your nearest foodbank to request help for yourself or someone in your community, volunteer your time, or make a donation.
We’re working together for greener, fairer and healthier food for all, through sustainable local action in Lincolnshire.
Find out more, and if you’re with us, join us!
Let us keep you posted of news, events and inspiration from Lincolnshire’s good food community
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