Unearthing the secret to growing your own

The secret to growing food in your garden isn’t about expert knowledge, space or time – it is about doing it with a group of friends and helping one another get started. Bringing people together and starting such a group is straight forward and rewarding with Grow Zones, a community growing resource with a difference.

Unlike many other community growing initiatives Grow Zones equips people to use the power of community growing to grow fruit and vegetables in their own gardens, rather than a shared piece of land. This makes it a much simpler process, with a much quicker and rewarding impact.

The approach is simple. A team gather, share ideas and expertise, and help one another plan their growing season. They then get together for an easy schedule of Saturday morning visits to each others gardens. Everyone brings any useful tools they have for the jobs that morning and something to share for lunch. The host gets everyone to work on tasks they have planned for their garden, and the morning ends with a real sense of accomplishment and a shared meal.

The result is powerful: gardens are transformed and enjoyed; knowledge and expertise are shared; friendships are made and strengthened; and fruit and vegetables are grown like never before.

Last year the anglican church hOME facilitated a Grow Zones team in the spring and the autumn. When asked what was good about Grow Zones for them, those involved commented:

Simple, yet effective. Builds community far more effectively than a discussion group.

Lots of people feel instinctively that they want to make more of their small plot of earth (and get better connected to nature) but don’t know how or where to start. Grow Zones is a simple and fun way to do all that.

As a relatively new person to church, it has been great to get to know people better in a relaxed and informal way.

Working on a shared project with other people brings a group together.  It’s also easy to chat while you work without it feeling ‘forced’.

Grow Zones has helped us grow closer together as a community and closer to the land as we learn how to use it fruitfully.

The Grow Zones Kit helps everyone from seasoned gardeners to beginners to bring people together and start a group. The kit addresses the challenges facing a new grower with little time, little knowledge and little space, and provides all you need to plan and facilitate a team.

The gardening writer and presenter Alys Fowler said about the Grow Zones Kit: “At last, an easy to use guide on how to get a community group up and running. This is a brilliant resource for anyone who wants to gather some like-minded people together to get gardening. Now all you have to do is get out there and garden!”

Why not start a Grow Zones team in your area? Find out more and order a kit at www.growzones.com

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