GROW, COOK, EAT PROJECT INITIATIVE
The grow, cook, eat project is on e of our projects here at the UAA which encourages growing and cooking to support the local community. The project aims to train service users in 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, followed by continuous monitoring and nurturing. We’ve grown a variety of plants, including tomatoes, rapeseed, spring onions, pumpkins, spinach, kale, carrots, and squash. In the future, we hope to plant potatoes, chives, maize yellow maize (sweetcorn), peppers and many more. Grow Cook Eat serves as an acquired skill or leisure activity for participating service users whilst promoting community togetherness. The project also contributes to growth and development of children through the discovery of new plants and harvesting from the allotment. Harvested crops are cooked as part of a meal at the Leicester Street Community Hall where foodbank beneficiaries and other service users of the UAA are invited to eat.