Earlier this year, Phipps Bridge Community Garden joined Capital Growth's Community Harvest project; a fantastic initiative providing community food gardens with tools, materials and advice to grow more food for the local community, particularly those who need it the most.
Although the project has now come to end, the support we received made a big difference to our food growing activities and we are proud to share with you some of our Community Harvest highlights:
Over the summer months, many of our Community Champions have been out planting, tending, harvesting, and generally getting their hands dirty! Our team is normally too busy harvesting and maintaining the land to think much about autumn and winter crops, but the Community Harvest project made us review our activities and see how we can make better use of our land until later in the year.
We used the Community Harvest funding to buy crops which we planted and sowed right away, meaning that we are able to keep harvesting and donating produce to Merton's Community Fridge for several more months.
Merton's Community Fridge is feeding around 20 households each week, with food which would otherwise have gone to waste donated by Fareshare and several local shops and supermarkets, plus the produce from Phipps Bridge Community Garden.