Growing Real Organic Food in Urban Neighbourhood
Following a big GROFUN event in March 2011 a number of self-help groups are working on various themes – guerilla gardening in Kings Heath, community orchard in Highbury Park, gowing food in front and back gardens, coppicing in Highbury Park. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information if you’re interested in getting involved in any of these projects.
Alys Fowler (writer and presenter) gave a seed sowing demonstration and talk about growing your own food. Many thanks to Alys Fowler for a wonderfully illuminating and lively evening, inspiring us for the rest of the year. We also have some great photos of the event- to follow soon.
The first Kings Heath GROFUN group was initiated by Alys Fowler of BBC’s “Gardeners World” in 2009. Some people from this group got together later to start up KIngs Heath Transition Initiaitve.
Alys also supported a second Grofun group in 2010. Grofun schemes involve groups of local people working co-operatively on each others’ gardens to grow real organic food, inspired by Bristol’s Grofun idea.
HOW DOES GROFUN WORK?
A group of about 10-12 people with gardens, or a yard, is ideal. The idea is that each participant contributes 10 hours of labour, or more – often more! The social bit takes over after a while, as the group gets to know each other. Then there are excellent shared lunches, a great temptation to attend, as each week they get bigger and better! In return for the 10 hours, a day is spent preparing and planting and, in many cases, transforming each persons back, or front, garden, or yard. It’s amazing what a few people can do to a garden in a few hours! As a result there are many before and after, photographs, even a short film, which you can view at www.vimeo.com/4631091 .
The experience of Grofun has been very satisfying and creative, bringing people together for a common good.