Shar­ing skills, food and laugh­ter

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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.

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