Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing.

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Help us promote community food growing, for health, across the UK

Growing Health is looking to recruit active champions to support the project’s mission and for being an advocate for the health and wellbeing benefits of community food growing

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Which tool to use workshop, Manchester 20th July 2016

This workshop will highlight the new guide to tools for evaluating health and wellbeing outcomes from community growing programmes developed earlier this year.

At the event some of the most commonly used tools will be featured and community growing groups and academics will share their experiences of using the tools in practice. This event is organised in collaboration with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Groundwork-led Communities Living Sustainably programme.


Contact: Maria Devereaux

020 7065 0902

Growing Health aims to

  • Draw together and highlight evidence of the benefits of food growing for physical and mental health and general wellbeing for different patient groups and individuals.
  • Develop case studies with projects that use food growing for a health benefit or in a healthcare setting, especially those who have direct links with the NHS and healthcare professionals who use it as part of their practice.
  • Explore how food growing can be integrated into the new NHS commissioning and public health structures, examining barriers and opportunities.
  • Provide information that will allow food growing to be routinely commissioned and patients to be referred to community food growing as an effective form of health and social care.

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