Issue 2, Winter 2019

The free food co-operative

22 Aug 2019  | 

It’s not packaged in plastic and it's free to anyone who passes by. Fruit, vegetables and herbs have been planted by Tim Reading and fellow gardeners, transforming pockets of a Worcestershire village into mini organic nurseries.

Incredible Edible Alvechurch is one of 100 groups nationally helping communities to connect with healthy food. Starting in the village centre with donations from groups and individuals, the project is also taking root in a nearby car park and at a spot close to the local school. Lettuces, tomatoes, peas and strawberries are amongst the greens waiting to be picked. Local children have joined in by growing seeds to be sown in the raised beds.

Tim says, “We want people to recognise that growing your own food has the power to make change. What we eat is so important to our well-being and this is very much about the benefits of food grown in nutrient rich soils.” The project is part of a growing movement which sprouted in 2008 in the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden. 

Once people taste the food on offer, Tim hopes it will prompt them to either grow their own or join their 10-strong team who have plans to further enhance the community project.

Visit /IncredibleEdibleAlvechurch on Facebook or the source of the movement