THE LOCAVORE GROWING PROJECT is an intergenerational community food growing project created by Custom Food Lab and based in a new community garden at Martello Primary, with an additional food growing space at Brampton Lodge Residential Care Home – creating a knowledge exchange between the two spaces and the beginnings of a local network of community food growing. The project aims to work with the community to embed resilience and security around food supply into the future.

LOCAVORE:
a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

GET INVOLVED

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 Community Garden (Martello Primary on Warren Way) and Brampton Lodge Care Home

Experience welcome, but passion essential – training is provided.


CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FOR VOLUNTEERS

We will be open to volunteers again in the Locavore Garden at Martello School and Brampton Lodge Garden at various times during the week from the beginning of March, these sessions must initially be booked in advance. 

Please email locavore@customfoodlab.org for more details.

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.

OUR FULL COVID VOLUNTEERING POLICY IS HERE


More information coming soon!

The Locavore LGBTQIA+ Gardening Group currently takes place from 1-3pm every Monday. Due to COVID restrictions, it is really important that you let us know if you are coming. You can email locavore@customfoodlab.org or if you are a regular volunteer, use the WhatsApp group.

Find out more about the Project:

WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?

Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. We decided that this approach was really important for a food growing project that means to create greater resilience within communities, by means of food security:  “Food security occurs when all people are able to access enough safe and nutritious food to meet their requirements for a healthy life, in ways the planet can sustain into the future.” 

WHAT IS A FOOD FOREST?

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.


The Locavore Growing Project is supported by:


LOCAVORE GROWING TEAM

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.