Everyone’s welcome – if you eat, you’re in!

Opportunities to get involved with food growing in Greater Lincolnshire are diverse – including Community Gardens, large and small, rural, village and urban, formal and informal; allotment associations (e.g. Willoughby Road Allotments in Boston); projects for teenagers (e.g. 13+ Garden Hub in Louth); mental health support projects (e.g. Don’t Lose Hope in Bourne); Care Farms (e.g. Hall Farm Eastoft CIC); schools (e.g. Washingborough Academy), and online groups.

Click on the pins to find links to growing projects and organisations in your area.

Contact the organisation to find out how to get involved. Many, but not all, of these projects welcome volunteers or visits from the public – please check before you visit.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Make it happen in you area!

Scroll down for links, resources and more, and get in in touch – we’d love to hear about it and support you in any way we can.

This map is by no means complete or comprehensive, and we continue to add to it. Although we don’t run any of these organisations, and can take neither credit nor responsibility for their work, we are keen to support, encourage and connect with community food growing projects across Greater Lincolnshire, welcome enquiries, updates and information about new projects and sites – please get in touch with Laura@lincolnshirefoodpartnership.org

More community growing inspiration from Lincolnshire

Ropsley Market Garden CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and their local community, in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.  communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk Ropsley Market Garden is Lincolnshire’s first CSA – the first of many: the English CSA moment is now here: people increasingly recognise the need for sustainable, resilient, healthy, local food,…

Growing Projects in Schools

  • Growing in schools – three inspiring examples in Lincolnshire!
  • 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
  • Food Smart – primary school teaching resources from our neighbours in Peterborough & Cambridge
  • TastEd – schemes of work, lesson plans and resources, which are currently free for UK Primary Schools from tasteeducation.comGrowing in Schools

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.

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:

You might like to share information about your garden on the Good to Grow Lincolnshire map, especially if you are welcoming volunteers. They can also help with reduced cost insurance, and have some great resources – such as Anti-racism in food growing

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:

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!

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.

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.

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…

Introduction to Care Farming in Lincolnshire

With Deborah Evans from Social Farms & Gardens, and Mark Coulman from Hall Farm Eastoft CIC 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.

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

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

More actions:

We’ve mapped foodbanks, community larders and affordable cafes across Greater 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.

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