In Our Backyard

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In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard

MaryGold Grows By MaryGold Grows

Creating a new urban vegetable garden space from scratch for long term use by the local community to grow their own food in containers Enabling increased mental and physical well being

Shoreham-by-Sea Idea stage

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Create an urban garden growing space from scratch in a currently disused backyard Bring people together in an urban setting located within an established safe community space to grow organic herbs, salads and vegetables from seed in containers. Encourage the group to support one another by exchanging knowledge of current growing skills and by working in pairs &/in whole team activities Encourage each participant to keep a journal and to create art work showing how they feel about their experience Encourage relaxation by participating in short sessions of laughter yoga Arrange visits to other local like minded projects and arrange for the course participants to take part in practical workshops Reward the participants at the end of their growing season with an "I did it certificate" a portfolio reflecting their experience and a treasure box of equipment and seeds Mount a display of photographs and participants art work to share with friends, family and the community

What we'll deliver:

  • Build an urban vegetable garden
  • Transform a disused space
  • Create new opportunities
  • Encourage improvement in well being
  • Aim for a Green Flag Award
  • Run a pilot scheme creating evidence that shows urban vegetable gardening is good or mental and physical health

Why it's a great idea:

In Our Back Yard is a great idea because it is taking a currently disused yard space and transforming it into an urban vegetable garden where in the initial pilot and onward into the future, local people will be able to access easy lessons on growing their own vegetables in containers from seed. This simple concept comes from my own experience. After taking a course in growing vegetables I found an increase in my self worth, belief & confidence. It helped reduce my anxiety and self isolation and I really enjoyed working with other people for a common goal. I experienced real joy watching seeds I had planted become food I could eat. I want to pass my knowledge and experience on to other people in my local community

Steps to get it done:

Location Shoreham-by-Sea

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