The Good to Grow Food Resilience Project was a Food Durham partnership project funded by SFP that aimed to engage people who are accessing emergency food provision in growing and cooking activities, and encourage them to start to grow some of their own food at home.
As lead delivery organisation, OASES established regular sessions, working in partnership with four different community venues in the county, to pilot the approach. Activities including sowing seeds, potting on plants to grow at home and all the activities were designed to be accessible for those with limited space and resources and a Facebook page was set up to support the participants with advice, and encourage them to share their achievements, ideas and recipes. Participants were particularly enthusiastic about growing food with children and one family were inspired to plan an edible garden for their new house. The project also engaged with older people and delivery staff were thrilled at the impact this had on them, particularly around their food choices and willingness to try new foods. In total, the project engaged 78 adults and 57 children. OASES have created resources to support community groups to continue this kind of activity, and are hoping to secure funding to deliver more targeted sessions.