[Photo courtesy of Food Union Coventry]
The basic idea: to help shape a city conducive to mental wellbeing. Food Union is a city-wide program managed by Pod. The Pod aims to facilitate and create platforms for social activism and maximise opportunities for people to cultivate new opportunities, connect with like-minded people and stimulate positive societal change.
Weekly communal work sessions are led by a Food Union representative to complete the carious tasks appropriate to the week/season. Volunteering jobs range from digging, weeding, building structures (like raised beds and sheds) to more technical horticulture.
The Food Union also needs people to help with publicity, volunteer coordination, the planning of work sessions and social events.
The Food Union has two communal garden sites:
Beake Avenue Allotments
Started in April 2016, the aim was to convert a disused allotments into a thriving community food growing site. The project is open to all but used primarily by local residents, especially those whose houses back on to the site. In just a short time they have not only made a big impression on the site but fostered a positive and welcoming atmosphere, based around mutual respect and a desire to build a strong neighbourhood community.
Cultivate CV5 – Sherbourne Valley Allotments
Launched in March 2017, Cultivate CV5, while open to all, has been crafted with a particular group in mind; that is, artists (people that have affinity with collective//pod objectives) activists people involved in Time Union and allotmenteers, (people with food growing skills). In doing so we hope to create a city-wide community garden with a focus on nurturing and exchanging and creativity, skills and assets.
Communal work sessions take place:
- every Tuesday from 2 - 5pm at the Beake Avenue Allotments.
- every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, and on occasionally on Sundays for the Cultivate CV5 project
The commitment is flexible, volunteers are asked to attend at least one full session (3 hours).
Check their Facebook page for the next sessions.
Location and Travel
Beake Avenue Allotments – CV6 2HR (between 457 and 459 Beake Avenue)
Cultivate CV5 – Sherbourne Valley Allotments (CV5 8DH)
This organisation does not reimburse volunteer travel expenses.
No prior experience of gardening is necessary.
All new volunteers will have a small induction, plus ongoing horticultural training built into each week’s activities.
Why get involved?
This is an external opportunity
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