The Growing Project
“Working to develop relationships with Nature”
The Growing Project is a community-led growing scheme working with organisations who support the vulnerably housed, and people in crisis. The Growing Project improves sites across Birmingham by ‘growing food and creating green spaces’, sites that are developed, tended and nurtured by people. Grand Union is working with artists and professionals whose practice engages with ecology and sustainable growing projects, particularly environment, to offer solutions for a post-industrial landscape. This project creates visible platforms that can change perceptions of vulnerable people in crisis and work towards building inclusive and resilient communities.
What is The Growing Project?
The Growing Project currently has 5 gardens set in supported housing/Hostels across Birmingham. Working collaboratively with residents and housing providers, they are providing a much needed opportunity for individuals to participate in creative gardening engagement activities which offer respite, social cohesion and deal with the healing power of nature, growing and confidence building.
The Growing Project have recently made a short documentary film which demonstrates the value of this project and how they are working to build an inclusive and resilient community. The relationships between the gardens and the residents are fundamental to continuing to help individuals and spaces to flourish, whilst also allowing the Growing Project to continue with its transformative work in Birmingham.
The first year of The Growing Project culminated in a Public Harvest Celebration, where guests and participants shared food, stories, and discussed the symbolic meaning of taking food from seed to soil to plate.
The Growing Project aims to bring about transformation through growing and cooking food together, helping to create social cohesion, combat isolation, and give opportunities for community building.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2000 would be used to continue funding the Community Gardens project.
Where can people go to find out more about The Growing Project?
Jo Capper, Collaborative Programme Curator.