Crop Swap - Food growing with a difference.
Published by Rob1 for Community Gateway Association in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Danny Leatherbarrow the proud owner of a new allotment thanks to Crop Swap
Following a successful bid for £10,000 of funding from NHS Central Lancashire Community Gateway Association(CGA) have created a community “Crop Swap” scheme to help communities grow their own food and improve their health and well being.
"Crop Swap" really is a simple as it sounds - A resident who has available land can have this transformed for free into a small allotment and grow food for themselves and their family.
If there is a surplus this goes back into the scheme and is distributed to other tenants who might not have room to do so giving them a source of healthy food which they might have access to normally.
The process is simple CGA will assess the proposed food growing site and advise whether it is possible for vegetable beds to be created. All required work to set up the plot including intital planting is completed by one of the CGA's Community Assistants.
Danny Leatherbarrow from Moor Nook was the first resident to take part in the scheme he said “The scheme is a fantastic idea, everything was provided free of charge, I was given good information on how to maintain the vegetable bed and I am really grateful for the support received.”
Paul Allcock, Community Assistant who helped pilot the scheme said “I am really enjoying working on the Crop Swap Scheme its great to see people so excited about growing food and getting their famillies involved. It is also great that some of the food grwon will go to people who might not be able to do this themselves.