GROW, COOK, EAT PROJECTS INITIATIVE
The grow, cook, eat project is on e of our projects here at the UAA which encourages growing and cooking initiative to support the local community. The project aims to train service users the knowledge and skills required in farming and harvesting plants through efficient teamwork. They are also trained to cook and develop newer cooking skills as well as recipes. Crops and soils are researched extensively before seeds are bought for planting to take place followed by continuous monitoring and nurturing. We plant a variety of seeds including tomatoes, onions, maize, pumpkins, spinach, kale, carrots, squash, potatoes, chives, yellow maize, peppers and many more. Grow, cook, eat serves as an acquired skill or leisure activity for participating service users whist promoting community togetherness. The project also contributes to growth and development of children through the discovery of new plants and harvest from the farms. Harvested crops are cooked in batches at the Leicester community hall and distributed among foodbank beneficiaries and other service users of the UAA.