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Get Growing - Delivering Free Food to Communities

by Hands of Hope in Hawkhurst, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th December 2020 we successfully raised £1,777 ( + est. £135.00 Gift Aid ) with 42 supporters in 34 days

To grow and distribute fresh organic food to communities in need as well as providing Grow Kits encouraging people to grow their own food.

by Hands of Hope in Hawkhurst, England, United Kingdom

Prior to March Hands of Hope were delivering community projects from our site including Men in Sheds, Growing Buddies, Helping Hands Lunch Club, Bee in Company and Hedge-Hands however, due to COVID-19,  during February all programmes were paused.  

To tackle food-related issues as well as isolation and to sustain the longer term feasibility of our Walled Kitchen Garden Community site enabling continuing support to our Service Users and Volunteers, in March the Trustees decided to redirect our resources by creating an organic market garden, with the objective of growing organic, in-season produce to support the ever-increasing demand on local food banks and community support groups. It took 2 weeks to erect 2 large 30ft polytunnels as well as 26 x 100ft raised beds.

In July, we launched our new project “Get Growing” and initially began growing organic, in-season produce from our walled garden which was then delivered weekly, to local food banks including Rye Food Bank and Hawkhurst Community Support Group. As well as tackling food poverty, “Get Growing” aims to encourage as many people as possible to grow their own food, no matter what space they have – from window-sill to patio to garden to community space to allotment. With the provision of grow kits and remote supported learning, we are teaching our communities the skills and benefits associated with growing in-season, local food whilst offering them the opportunity to become part of the Get-Growing community. This project is a direct and innovative response to the current Covid-19 crisis that offers opportunities not only to create a positive outcome in the short term but also to extend the concept into a sustainable "Get Growing Community" with recognised and lasting mental and physical health and environmental benefits.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

Chef and mobile Vegetarian Cook Van for the evening for up to 15 guests.

£10 or more

3 of 40 claimed

£10 Reward

Hands of Hope honey made from our very own bees. Collection from Hawkhurst TN18.

£25 or more

0 of 100 claimed

£25 Reward

Organic Veg Box with in-season vegetables grown at the walled kitchen garden. Collection Peasmarsh or Hawkhurst.

£50 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

½ day practical training in traditional rural hedge laying.

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

Organic Fruit Tree planted in your name with commemoration plaque.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

We will buy and build a bee hive with an inscribed dedication .

£300 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£300 Reward

Forest School party for up to 12 children including bush craft, Pizza making and outdoor rural crafts.

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