Our festive YULETIDE Locavore Growing Box is now available to pre-order. Deliveries will begin from 15th December, numbers are limited so get your order in now! As always, for every box sold, we will donate one to a Folkestone family.
We’ve made a special box with extra activities for the festive season, including: A limited edition Lunar Calendar for 2021, illustrated by a Folkestone artist; 3 different types of seeds to grow on your window ledge; Compost to grow the seeds in and markers for keeping track of your seedlings; Ingredients to make a luxurious festive treats; Everything you’ll need for our family crafting activity; Bird seed for making winter feeding balls; A packed information leaflet. You can have the whole thing delivered by Re:Stock with no contact and no extra cost, and for every box purchased, we’ll be giving one for free to a local household.
The Locavore Growing Project is an intergenerational community food project based in Folkestone. It is based in the Locavore Garden at Martello Primary School, where we are creating space for community food growing and outdoor learning with the school and the wider community, using permaculture (food forest) methods. It also takes place in the gardens of care homes around Folkestone, creating a network of food growing spaces.
Come and volunteer in one of our community food growing spaces, supporting the local community and building up your food growing skills.! We are open to volunteers, even during lockdown, but you need to contact us in advance to take part.
We have sessions throughout the week at the Locavore Garden (Martello School) and Brampton Lodge Care Home
Experience welcome, but passion essential – training is provided.
CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FOR VOLUNTEERS
It is still possible to volunteer in the Locavore Garden at Martello School and Brampton Lodge Garden at various times during the week throughout lockdown/Tier 3, these sessions must be booked in advance.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO ONE OF OUR GARDENS if you should be self-isolating, e.g. because you or a member of your household have COVID-19 symptoms, or you have been advised that you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you are at higher risk from Coronavirus (including people aged over 70, people who are pregnant and people with an underlying medical condition), YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US, but you should take extra care to strictly follow physical distancing guidance.
A food forest (or forest garden) is a permaculture method of growing edible (and non-edible) plants in a way that is low-maintenance and sustainable. It is based on woodland ecosystems, and uses layers of planting from fruit and nut trees at the top, to a shrub layer, herbs and vines, ground cover and perennial vegetables, including root vegetables. These systems are better for water management, they involve little to no waste and can produce food all year round if managed correctly.
Charlene Jones Charlene is Custom’s Community Project Manager. Since June 2019 she has worked with Custom, to coordinate community outreach and liaise with local organisations in order to bring volunteers into our kitchen, garden and arts programmes.
Mary Renshaw Mary was our head of chat at Custom Folkestone, but her heart has always been in growing food rather than serving it. She is now our community food grower for the care home growing spaces. She has an inspiring allotment in Hythe, is fascinated by compost and is currently studying Dr Elaine Ingham’s Soil Regeneration programme.
Bean and Didier Rochard Bean and Didier are our community food growers based at the Locavore Garden. Working as a job share, they are both also practicing artists, and seasoned growers. They are developing a planting calendar which fuses their combined love and knowledge of cultivated and wild growing plants.