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Get Growing in Greenwich!

We’re delighted to announce the Good Food in Greenwich Growing Conference!

We hope this is the first bud that will blossom into an annual conference, will be an opportunity to network with other growers, entice new shoots to your growing sites, find out about funding opportunities and other resources and generally have a good time!

A morning of sharing resources, exploring how to grow for yourself, your business or your community, and fab give-aways to inspire and delight!

When?           21st February 2017, 10am – 1pm including delicious lunch

Where?          West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road

Why?              Branch out and find out more about growing in Greenwich, get involved or share your knowledge and promote your site

To book?        Visit https://growinggreenwichconf.eventbrite.co.uk

A fun, informative morning exploring how to get growing in Greenwich.

Come along and find out how to

  • Grow for yourself
  • Grow in your community
  • Grow for your business

Featuring loads of resources, tonnes of ideas to get you going, and free give aways to take home

The morning will involve workshops, inspiring discussions, ideas and action.  There is a small charge to ensure attendance and to cover a delicious, nutritious lunch!

 

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Visit Greenwich does Good Food!

We’re delighted We’re delighted that Visit Greenwich is supporting Good Food this February by encouraging local businesses to sign the pledge.

Good Food February in Greenwich is set to celebrate all that’s fantastic about local Greenwich food, restaurants, shops and produce.

Nobody likes February very much, do they, so let’s cheer up this grey month with some great food.

Visit Greenwich is working with Good Food in Greenwich to promote their Good Food Charter. The charter is for individuals, organisations and businesses who want to commit to good food We want local businesses and organisations to sign up! It’s free and will help promote local restaurants as healthy and happy businesses.

They’ll feature any business that signs up in February on the Visit Greenwich Twitter feed.  And we’re delighted to say that we’ve already have Goddards at Greenwich and The Greenwich Tavern make their pledges.  Goddards pledge to “ensure fairness in their food chain and fairness in their pricing to customers. Also to be a responsible member of the local community.”  And The Greenwich Tavern have pledged to “support local & regional suppliers and campaigns, reduce waste and promote good food”.  Welcome to the Good Food family!  

Greenwich has two breweries; Meantime Brewing which exports all over the world, and Hop Stuff which is growing rapidly – and they’re both signed up to Good Food in Greenwich.  The borough has Rhodes, an independent bakery that donates surplus bread to charitable causes in the borough.  We boast fantastic fishmongers, butchers, greengrocers, organic food sellers, delis and even old fashioned sweet shops.

The delicious street food in Greenwich Market is influenced by cultures from all over the world  and pubs and restaurants in Greenwich, Woolwich and the surrounding area serve delicious dinners ranging from traditional pie and mash to Vietnamese and Eritrean delights.

We want Greenwich to be known as a great place for good food for all. Celebrating our rich diversity, we will grow, produce, prepare and share good food that is healthy, sustainable, affordable and accessible to all. Good food means food from farming and supply systems that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote fairness and enrich society and culture.

Once you sign up to the Charter, we’ll send you a poster so you can display it in your premises showing you commitment to good food. Sign up to the Charter at the Good Food in Greenwich website. There’s a Pledge box on the top right of the Home page here: https://prod.goodfood.gcda.webarch6.co.uk/

We’re delighted Greenwich has its own brewery, Meantime Brewing, which exports all over the world, its own independent bakery, and fantastic fishmongers, butchers, greengrocers, organic food sellers, delis and even old fashioned sweet shops.

The delicious street food in Greenwich Market is influenced by cultures from all over the world  and pubs and restaurants in Greenwich, Woolwich and the surrounding area serve delicious dinners ranging from traditional pie and mash to Vietnamese and Eritrean delights.

So, no matter how miserable the weather is, let’s make February all about good food in Greenwich and go out and eat.

Find out more about Greenwich pubs and restaurants here

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Growing Greenwich!

Growing Greenwich is trying to build a network of growing sites across the borough!

GCDA initially started growing to to support Greenwich residents using the therapeutic powers of gardening to help people regain confidence, build self-esteem and motivation as well as creating new social networks.  We know the immense benefits of growing including improving physical and mental well being, community cohesion, tackling social isolation and more.  GCDA now supports 5 sites across the borough and each week local residents can attend to try a range of gardening activities from seed sowing to planting, maintaining and managing herbs, shrubs, flowers soft fruit bushes, vegetables and fruit trees throughout the seasons, with the support and guidance of GCDA’s community gardeners and volunteers.  When the weather is inclement, sessions are held indoors to discuss topics related to the site and gardening, plants and the natural world in general.  For information about where you can go – see our GCDA Community Garden Sites Flyer

There are also many other growing sites in the borough and you can use our map below to find out more.  Do please check with the site before turning up though!

We’re always trying to grow this map, so if you have a site that’s not listed, or would like to update anything, please email mel@gcda.org.uk with any info you have.

We also want to host regular network events so we can all get together and build on the amazing work being done, and support others to get involved too.

To take part in the Gardening for Health project please contact: Kevin Godby  on 020 8269 4880 or email Kevin on Kevin@gcda.org.uk 

Resources & Funding

There are loads of resources available to growers and amazing national sites that we recommend.  Check out the following:

Thrivehttps://www.thrive.org.uk

They use gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Loads of information and support about growing including training programmes, and you can download their pack on how to set up a community garden for people affected by mental ill health here

Capital Growthhttp://www.capitalgrowth.org; Loads of resources and downloadable guides. They also run the Big Dig, Open Gardens

Food Growing Schoolshttps://www.foodgrowingschools.org

Grow Veg: How to set up a school gardenhttps://www.growveg.com/guides/how-to-set-up-a-school-garden/

Royal Horticultural Society, School Gardening https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/resources

Countryside Classroomhttp://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/

Farm Garden – There’s an incredible resource from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens on how to start a growing site – you can download it here

The Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society – monthly meet ups at Charlton House, the society aims to make the monthly meetings sociable occasions and refreshments are served to allow members to mingle and exchange gardening tips and ideas. They meet at 7.30 on the 3rd Monday of each month. For more information see here 

For info on funding, you can download a list of potential funders here

GCDA supported Food Growing Sites across the borough