Sharing skills, food and laughter
other conditions where medication isn’t delivering the complete answer.
For me, this is a step forward towards recognition of gardening and horticultural therapy as a service worthy of commissioning and funding within the NHS.
At the second smaller site, we are working alongside an established local group who have plenty of experience running cross cultural community projects but very little gardening experience.
The intention is that they learn from us but already I have learned that forks are not the only way to dig over a plot.
Armed with African hoes, a team of three people cleared their half plot in no time at all, although I’m not sure this would work so efficiently in heavy clay and flint typical of Chiltern soil.
So this is the joy of community plots, learning from each other, making new friends, laughing together whatever the weather, sharing food and trying new flavours.
I find it hard to see any negatives but I really enjoy the challenge of passing on my passion to new growers. I truly believe my team can deliver the outcomes; seeing people feeling stronger, happier and fitter and ready to make food growing an on-going life choice because they value its benefits.
The harvest is so much bigger than simply vegetables.