Food growing

Asset development projects based on food growing cover a wide range of types from small market gardens and smallholdings to allotment sites that are managed by their members.

Small scale food growing can be difficult to make viable financially, and can rely heavily of volunteers, but including related services that can be provided with food growing can enable a viable project to be created. These may be retailing of plants and seeds, training, box schemes, garden equipment etc.

For example at which is an environmental centre and food growing project, a market garden, allotments and all kinds of training in biodiversity and environmental education have enabled the project to keep the farm which was bought as a result of a community share issue to continue to contribute to the local community.