Our gardening expert Beth researched all the local growing initiatives alongside other members of staff at Pulp Friction. We found out from our members what they wanted to do or learn about. We also found out what strengths we had as a team and if we had any contacts out in the community. It is a good way of growing a project if you ask other like minded people to help you, or share their experiences.
Community allotments and gardens are a good place to start. We visited Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, Whitemoor Gardens, Nottingham Organic Gardens and St Anns Allotments amongst others to find out more about their composting, their growing techniques and how they involve volunteers in their plans.
One of the challenges we faced was that some of or members are not confident at walking long distances or using public transport, so in order to visit projects we needed to use a transport method that supported everyones needs.
Beth made lots of videos about gardening initially and the project grew from there. Visual and entertaining ways of sharing vital information worked well-our members got the growing bug and wanted to find out more.
Our advice is to start small and not over whelm people -provide seeds to grow some tomatoes or sunflowers etc. Host some community planting days. Host some community harvesting days and then cook together.