Our two new Grow Ambassadors, Sarah and Nick, are six weeks into their roles so we thought it might be time for an update on all things Grow G63.
What is Grow G63?
Grow G63 is an exciting new project of the Hub G63 prioritising social and environmental justice. We are committed to supporting our rural community to live sustainably and build that community through the one issue that connects us all - food!
But what does that look like in practice?
With the help of a merry band of local volunteers, we are in the process of developing a new community food garden site between Killearn and Balfron. While there is still a lot of preparation to go, we have already planted some seedlings that will become the very first produce of Grow G63.
Using permaculture methods, we are utilising all of the space we have with a combination of raised and ‘no-dig’ beds, intercropping different kinds of seedlings that work together, using regenerative growing methods, and working gently with the land to protect as much of the native plant and wildlife as we can. The team has made great progress on the path network, preparing the land for planting, building the seating area, developing ideas for the children’s space, starting to engage with local schools, nurseries and community groups, reaching out to local food poverty initiatives and much much more. We have plans for a medicinal herb garden, an indoor growing space, fire pit social area (with pizza oven!) and loads more.
What’s our vision for Grow G63?
We are committed to ensuring everyone has access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food. Produce will be sold and shared via the Hub shop, the NeighbourFood network, and we will donate minimum 20% of all that we grow to local food poverty initiatives.
How can you get involved?
Many hands make light work! This is a project that will constantly evolve and grow so don’t wait about until it’s ‘finished’. We would love to welcome more volunteers to help us develop this community food garden. There are lots of different jobs to do and you don’t need to have any particular experience or skills - as long as you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty! Please drop us a message if you would like to know more.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our CrowdFunder, Thanks to you we raised a whopping £6,457 which will be used to make all this a reality. Thank you!