Grow Efford-current work

Following on from the success of the first two year of the project Grow Efford continues its work within the Efford community (see Grow Efford 2009-2011 for more info)

Derwent Allotment

Grow Efford have secured ownership of a section of the community allotment  and are working with local growers and the community to develop the plot as a community growing hub.  The community allotment has an open session every Sunday between 1-4pm, where people can drop by, help out, ask for advice regarding their own growing or just come along and have a chat and a cup of tea!

The Shed On Wheels

With the second phase of Take a Part linking with other communities across Plymouth, Grow Efford is looking to share ideas and learning with these other communities. One way we are enabling this to happen is via the ‘shed on wheels’ (SOW) project.

Grow Efford worked with artist Belle Benfield and designer/maker Rufus Maurice to develop the ‘shed on wheels’ which was designed and made from a vintage milk float and is powered by electric and solar panels.   The SOW gives Grow Efford the chance to share knowledge and inspire others to source, grow and harvest local produce including wild food as well as eating and cooking healthily.

The Shed integrates the arts of imagination and the visual arts with practical skills of growing, cooking and harvesting, it will be out and about in Efford, will travel around areas of Plymouth and appear at events and in green spaces across the city.

Efford Valley

 75 new fruit trees were planted in Efford Valley in January 2012. Grow Efford supported this process by encouraging community members and pupils at High View School to get involved with the planting.  They also provided home made soup and Efford Apple Juice as refreshments.  Grow Efford continue to support the Friends Of Efford Valley and their project.

Grow Efford produce

Wild food walks, apple harvesting, juicing, jamming and chutney making continue with links being strengthened between Grow Efford, Crazy Glue and High View School’s cookery club.  High View’s Magic Hour have also been linking with Grow Efford to document on video some of the fantastic work they are doing- including taking a group of students to harvest apples in a heritage orchard in Cornwall, something which it is hoped to become a regular feature of Grow Efford’s harvesting season.



Oct 16, 2011
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