Incredible Edible is all about galvanising communities through food. We’re seizing winter lockdown as an opportunity to connect online – to share, imagine and plan the growing spaces that we’d like to create in 2021… Get involved – if you eat, you’re in!
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.
Everyone’s welcome – if you eat, you’re in!
Let us keep you posted of news, events and other good things going on in the Lincolnshire food community
Find your nearest community garden
Check out this interactive map to locate your nearest community garden or growing space, with details of how to contact them and get involved.
Map your garden
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.
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.
Getting started with a new community garden
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.
Top of the Crops – How to make your edible garden grow
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!
Recent online events
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
Sorry you’ve missed this 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.
Lincoln Indie Takeaways is a directory of fantastic independent food businesses who are responding to the lockdown by offering deliveries, takeaways, and other new services to provide local people with good food, and keep our local food economy thriving.
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!
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