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Stratford Growing Together

Stratford Growing Together, a proposal by Transition Stratford to improve access to local food for people in Stratford upon Avon, is one of 11 projects chosen from 70 initial applications to go through to the second and final round of the £1 million Community Challenge organised by Stratford Town Trust.

The Stratford Growing Together project aims to combine a community “market garden” with special provision for vulnerable people and outreach to help people take up growing opportunities wherever they live in Stratford.

Transition Stratford Chair James Pavitt, who already runs a small-scale community garden in the middle of the town, said: “We are extremely pleased that the Community Challenge panel has selected out Stratford Growing Together project for further development. Our aim is to increase local access to healthy, affordable food, bring together people of all ages and abilities in shared activities, as well as offering practical experience of food growing.”

Final applications for Community Challenge funding have to be submitted to the Town Trust by 22 October. “We’ll be working hard over the next few months to put together the detailed plans for a project which will bring benefits to a significant number of local people,” said James.

For more information about Stratford Community Growing, contact Transition Stratford on 01789 298503 or at admin@transitionstratford.com.

Transition Stratford backs community farm

Transition Stratford is backing a new community growing initiative – Five Acre Community Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme based at Garden Organic’s site at Ryton, near Coventry.

Five Acre Community Farm aims to produce local and seasonal organic vegetables – and to involve people in the growing. Based on five acres of land at the back of Ryton Gardens, Garden Organic’s headquarters, the CSA is a membership organisation, offering the opportunity to become engaged in growing as well as benefiting from the farm’s round-the-year vegetables!

Transition Stratford’s Facilitator, James Pavitt, said: “Transition Stratford is committed to the principle of local food. We run a Garden Share scheme to help people without gardens get the opportunity to grow their own and Harvest Share, a project to make sure loacl fruit is gathered and put to good uses. Five Acre Community Farm is a great initiative that’s not too far from us, so we are keen to support it!”

For more information about Five Acre Community Farm, see its Facebook pages at  http://www.facebook.com/events/183291165140230/#!/Five.Acre.Community.Farm.