Community Growing Projects
Transition Cambridge is part of the Transitions Town’s movement, a community of people aiming to make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.
Transition has a number of practical growing projects which welcome volunteers. You can get involved here. See the list below for projects run by Transition and other initiatives across the city.
Cambridge CropShare is a small-scale community-supported agriculture (CSA) scheme in Cambridge, based at Willow Farm in Lode. It experiments with ‘crop-sharing’, an exchange of use of land for access to labour, creating opportunities for farm- community collaboration.
Not only do volunteers get access to organic veg but volunteers are able to see how crops are grown at a large scale, have fun working in groups, and chat to real food growers in their local area. Sign up here
‘GROW YOUR OWN’ SESSIONS
Sessions run on select Saturday mornings during the growing season and are flexible to suit participants. Growing sessions will be listed on Transition’s upcoming events page and if you are interested in taking part or you are an experienced grower who is willing to share your knowledge, visit https://www.transitioncambridge.org/gyo.
how to apply for an allotment
There are two ways to apply for an allotment in Cambridge.
You can either apply through the Cambridge City Council - they have 8 sites around the city.
Or you can apply for a plot at a site that is run by an allotment society. Visit here to find your local allotment and apply.
Empty Common community garden
The community allotments at the far end of Empty Common Allotments on Brooklands Avenue often host open sessions where volunteers can come and help with the gardening. This project is run by Transition Cambridge. They meet most Sundays from 10.30-12.30. You can find out more from their webpage, blog or by contacting Charlotte on 07752 143 683 or emailing her here.
Cambridge Cyrenians Allotment Project
This horticulture therapy project offers work experience and outdoor therapy for the Cambridge homeless community.
Based in Newmarket Road, Darwin Nurseries is a horticulture project and farm shop offering adults with disabilities supported work experience in horticulture, retail and animal care.
Trumpington Community Orchard
Maintenance Mornings are held twice a month for volunteers, on the 2nd Sunday of the month and the 4th Thursday.
Sessions run from 11am – 1pm on Sunday and from 10am – 12 on Thursdays. Take a look at their website for more information and how to get involved.
Midsummer Common Community Orchard
Run by the Friends of Midsummer Common, this orchard has been growing since 2010 and is always looking for volunteers to help.
Take a look at their website for more information or to get in touch with them.
THE BIG DIG
The Big Dig is an online platform to support food growing in the UK - it is all about getting people involved in their local community gardens.
You can either use the network to register your garden for free to promote your garden locally to volunteers and organisations, or find local gardens where you can volunteer.
URBAN FOOD GROWING
Do you want to get the most out of your garden? Sustain has created a guide with top tips on how you can improve the yield of your growing site.
Find out more and to download their guide, visit their website.