As well as our ongoing projects of planting bulbs for Eden’s spring festival, planting and harvesting gourds for the autumn displays and growing vegetables that enable all participants to go home with produce we also get involved in a variety of community projects.
The Field of Hope
The Field of Hope enables many things. Contact with nature, education, participation or a solitary space when needed. It also gives people the opportunity to grow produce and develop their skills. This space, apart from being a vital part of our employing the vulnerable strategy, as the profits go towards paying the wages of 3 people with learning disabilities, is also used by outside groups to learn skills and to enhance social responsibility. Groups and individuals from Food for Change, Newquay Orchard, Barefoot Media, Eden Communities, The International school of Zug and Lucern, and many others have joined us. Individuals from these groups have worked with us of their own volition. “It’s my safe place, and allows me to deal with my depression without being judged”
We are very grateful to the National Lottery Community fund, who have enabled us to purchase seeds, compost and polytunnel to help us to develop the field.
….are using the field to grow vegetables and fruit for our Veg Bags.
In the last twelve months we have grown parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, beetroot, spinach, ruby chard, leeks, broad beans, accent and charlotte potatoes, pink fur apple potatoes, spring onions, courgettes, marrows, squashes and pumpkins, purple sprouting broccoli, brussel sprouts and red cabbage. We have also sown phaecellia as a green manure.
….have grown over a thousand squashes, pumpkins and gourds for use in the Eden Projects displays.
….have grown vegetables for the ‘Urban Chef’, Oliver Rowe, for him to promote our project in his London restaurants.
We were particularly pleased that he made an effort to visit us all the way from London.
…. have begun a new service providing The Eden Temporary Displays Team with a variety of herbs and spices to use on the restaurant tables.
….have developed People and Gardens from a private business into a Community Interest Company.
We have set ourselves a three year plan to enable us to be financially dependent, rather that reliant on statutory funding.