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Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
Community garden leaders' handbook
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Community garden leaders' handbook

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We’ve produced a handbook to guide individuals through the process of starting up a new community growing group – covering everything from how to choose a space to meet and spread the word through to …

We’ve produced a handbook to guide individuals through the process of starting up a new community growing group – covering everything from how to choose a space to meet and spread the word through to running a session with members.

This handbook came out of a project called Seeds, Soup and Sarnies that gave the Eden Project the chance to work with local families and communities to explore the benefits of growing and sharing food together. www.seedssoupsarnies.org

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  • 1. Growers’ Handbook for participants
  • 2. Session 1 Welcome to the Seeds, Soup and Sarnies Community! What Seeds, Soup & Sarnies Communities do … • Grow food together • Share gardening tips • Enjoy cooking together • Share recipes • Enjoy each other’s company • Share meals together • Make stuff • Share photos on Facebook or Flickr • Welcome anybody who wants to be part of it • Value everybody’s contribution • Bond neighbourhoods • Improve the place we live in • Make people feel good about themselves • Befriend and share 1.1 Warm up bingo 2 SS&S Growers Handbook Session 1 Seeds, Soup and Sarnies Communities are… …what you make them! Share Plant GrowEat Cook By the way, did you know… that courgettes have male and female flowers?
  • 3. SS&S Participants Handbook Session 1 3 Pleased to meet you! Tells us something about yourself What’s in a name?! What’s in it for me? (the sower, the …) Loads of money? …don’t think so Qualifications? …possibly Employability? …most likely My community is a nicer place to live…definitely Check this out: Increased and improved: • Satisfaction • Self-confidence • Friendships • Problem solving skills • People skills • Communication skills • Leadership skills • Organisational and planning skills …and lots more! 1.2 Introduction Game, 1.3 Icebreaker Questions Sower Doer Inspirer Propagator Mover Motivator
  • 4. 4 How do I go about propagating a group? Forming • People get together • Shared purpose Storming • Ideas • Creativity • Enthusiasm • Communication • Vision • Disagreement • Conflict • Getting to know each other What qualities do I need to be a good propagator? Yes it would be nice if one person had all these qualities, but the idea is that, shared between the individuals within your community, you will have all these qualities... 1.4 Sower Qualities Norming • Organizing • Sorting relationships • Planning • Team members take on roles and responsibilities Performing • Learn from experience • Relationships are sorted • Team is effective • Functioning well Confident Honest Truthful Enthusiastic Inspiring Motivator Responsible Team player Purposeful Passionate Dedicated Tolerant Remain calm Think things through Want to do their best Proactive Ready to admit mistakes Prepared to learn Not easily defeated Remain positive Good listener See the best in people ...and then you can also develop and strengthen these qualities in yourself. Can I really do this? You are not on your own. You are part of the group. There is lots of support available. You are part of the wider Seeds, Soup and Sarnies Community. All you need is lots of enthusiasm, being good at asking for help… …and wanting to share! By the way, did you know … that you need more calories to digest celery than it contains? SSS Growers Handbook Session 1
  • 5. 5 Where could your Seeds, Soup and Sarnies groups meet? Things to consider with Venues: • Location • Size • Accessibility - Physical needs - Emotional responses • Purpose/use • Health and safety • Affordability • Availability How do you encourage someone to contemplate turning up for the first meeting and to subsequently join the group? When looking at venues for an event consider the following: Disabilities, support needs, equalities. 1.5 Venues SSS Growers Handbook Session 1
  • 6. 6 Now you have made newspaper pots and planted seeds, can you reflect on the following? 1.6 Making Newspaper Pots What materials do you need to do this activity? How long will it take? Which other materials could you use? Are there any health and safety concerns? How can you support different people to do the activity? What kind of space is needed? Any other observations? SSS Growers Handbook Session 1
  • 7. 7 What a busy day! Next time bring with you some of the following to share with us: • a gardening tip • An idea for a practical activity • An idea for an outdoor activity • Any other ideas you have • Any comments you want to make • Any questions which have come to you By the way, did you know, that there are early and late fruiting raspberries? SSS Growers Handbook Session 1
  • 8. 8 SSS Growers Handbook Session 2 Session 2 Welcome back! Aims/aspirations of the Seeds, Soup and Sarnies Project In your view, what makes a Seeds, Soup and Sarnies Community tick? Use this tree shaped mind map as an example to record your thoughts on the blank mindmap handout. 2.1 Blank mindmap Cook Share Grow
  • 9. SSS Growers Handbook Session 2 9 Where and how to find existing groups 2.2 Group Members What might people from these groups bring to Seeds, Soup and Sarnies? When matching the characteristics to people, watch out for stereotyping. Investigate what other attributes and skills people could bring to the group. Record your thoughts here: Council Library Social Services Online Local notice boards By the way, did you know, that the first soup was made of hippopotamus?
  • 10. 10 2.3 Planning Scenarios The ‘Nitty-Gritty’ of running a session What activities are going to happen? • Gardening • Cooking • Making • Sharing What resources are needed? What information will people take away? How are these activities going to be accessed by all members? How are health and safety issues planned for? How will you make sure that people will join in? Now it’s your time to plan a session! Use the scenarios to plan a session in a small group. • Be ready to feed back to the rest of the group. • Use the ‘nitty-gritty’ grid to support your planning. • What did you find easy? • What did you find not quite so easy? • Did everyone feel the same? • Compare your experience with that of the other groups. By the way, did you know that ladybirds and their larvae are helpful to gardeners? SSS Growers Handbook Session 2
  • 11. SSS Participants Handbook Session 2 11 2.4 Diversity Quiz Do we need ground rules? Is it OK for people to answer their phone? Does it matter what kind of language people use? Do I have to be worried about safeguarding? How can we make sure that everyone is listened to? How can I make sure that everyone helps with tidying up? How can we prevent put-downs?
  • 12. 12 Let’s make something! Dream catcher Use this evaluation circle to reflect on the activity. What went well? What is the activity? What would you do differently? What did you gain? What help do you need to run such an activity? Can you think of an activity to follow this one? The dream catcher idea comes from this website: naturalkidsteam.com/wordpress/2010/07/making-dream-catchers-muddyfeet SSS Growers Handbook Session 2 2.5 Dreamcatcher
  • 13. 13 2.6 Drinks Quiz, 2.7 Food Swapper Healthy eating – balanced meals • Eatwell plate • Food groups • Five a day Were there any surprises when sorting the different foods into their groups? Do you have an idea about portion size? Would you fulfil the ‘five a day’ rule by drinking one orange juice and eating one apple a day? For more information check out these websites: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eatwell-plate.aspx www.nhs.uk/change4life www.familylearning.org.uk/balanced_diet.html rwp.excellencegateway.org.uk under ‘embedded learning’ In a small group discuss how balanced your favourite meals are and how they could be made even healthier. SSS Growers Handbook Session 2
  • 14. 14 SSS Participants Handbook Session 2 How did you find today? 1. For next time plan and carry out an activity. Please be ready to feed back to the rest of the group what you experienced. 2. Bring photos, if you can. Don’t forget to obtain permission from the participants - a form is available for you to use. 3. Please, bring different types of adverts, posters, leaflets and other publicity material you can find to the next session. Good luck! By the way, did you know that lemons contain more sugar than strawberries?
  • 15. SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 15 Session 3 Welcome back! • How are you feeling today? • How do you feel about the Seeds, Soup Sarnies project? • How did your planned session go? • How would you like to feel today?
  • 16. 16 SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 3.1 Organise a Seed Swap, 3.2 Organising an event Selecting and organising a special event Ideally you will be planning four Seeds, Soup Sarnies events throughout the year in your communities: Winter – Seed Swap Spring – Planting Summer – The Big Lunch Autumn – Harvest Celebration Seasons Traditional Events Visits Faith Celebrations Seasonal Food Think Once you have decided with your groups what the event should be, begin the planning. As with any other session the usual considerations apply, but you might also opt to invite special people or other groups. This means you might have to reconsider your choice of venue. www.seedysunday.org www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs www.chiddlingstone.kent.sch.uk/homework/religion
  • 17. SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 17 3.3 Example hazards, 3.4 How to conduct a risk assessment Health and Safety! Yes, we moan about it, but we’d rather that everyone is safe and that they can enjoy themselves. With a gathering of people of all ages and different needs, Health and Safety has to be considered quite carefully and appropriate warnings given to the group members. Make a sensible risk assessment. General – Some of these will already have been thought about with an official venue • Size of venue – enough room for the amount of participants • Tripping hazards • Flooring • Electrical safety • Toilets • Parking • Supervision of children – parents responsible for own children • Safeguarding • Photo permission • Emergency procedures Cooking and Eating – NB. it is easy to get a basic ‘Food Hygiene’ certificate by completing a short course on the internet • Hygiene • Food preparation • Keeping food safely • Safety with implements and appliances • Allergies Gardening • Implements • Hazardous substances – slug pellets, fertilizers, pesticides • Soil First Aid • First aid kit • Trained first aider – this does not have to be you, but you may want to look into courses in your area for this • Accident reporting – they do happen
  • 18. 18 SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 Feedback – How did it go? What activity have you shared in the meantime? Who were the lucky participants? What went well? What is the activity? What would you do differently? What did your ‘seedlings’ gain? Report to your group and make a list of successes and tricky issues: • Are there any common themes? • What help would you like? • How did the members of the group contribute? • Make recommendations to solve the tricky issues.
  • 19. SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 19 Promoting your group Remember – not all publicity is paper based. Use local radio, parish newsletters, local papers, social networks and other online sites to promote your group to as wide an audience as possible – and it is usually free too! Your local paper may publish an article you write about your project, called a press release – saving you the expense of putting in an advertisement. Local radio stations are always looking for events and interesting items for their shows – give them a call and find out who to talk to, they may even invite you to talk live on a show! Remember – what do you want to say to people about your SSS event? Think – time, date, address, what they can do, will there be refreshments, is there a cost, do they need to bring anything, how much fun will they have? Strap lines – Make it catchy! Our poster template is available on our website for you to complete and print as you like. • word of mouth – talk to your friends and neighbours • leaflets in school • posters in local shops • postcards to neighbours • interview on local radio • posts on Seeds, Soup Sarnies and your own Facebook pages• posts on Seeds, Soup Sarnies website • advert in local paper • ask participants to spread the word • message on Twitter • banners • texts to participants •
  • 20. 20 SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 3.5 Insurance, 3.6 Legal advice, 3.7 Photo permission example form Insurance – legal stuff! Public liability insurance • Whose responsibility is it? Many venues you use will have their own insurance but it is always important to CHECK. • Always go through your own health and safety check list remembering access, electric cables, trip hazards and that all fire exits are clear from obstructions. Safeguarding • If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, young person or a vulnerable adult, please note: • If you are working in a school or with a community organisation talk to the head teacher or manager, they may already be aware of the situation. • If there isn’t anyone available or you are unhappy with their response - write everything down so that you can report it later. • Do not promise that you will keep a secret which may harm the person or yourself, it is important that you let the vulnerable person know that you will pass the information on in a confidential manner. • Call your local Social Services department as soon as possible, have a look on your local council website for contact details. • Please do not investigate any claims yourself. Criminal Records Check Many organisations will insist that the session leader has this clearance, such as Children’s Centres and Schools to deliver activities on their premises. If you are not planning on running a group with only children or with only vulnerable adults you do not need strictly need this clearance. Adults should never put themselves in a situation when they will be alone with a child or vulnerable person. Also, if there are several of you organising an event it is only necessary for one person to be cleared. Please note: The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For more information you can ask at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) or look online at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/ Photo permission forms Photo permission forms are essential if you want to use your pictures to publicise your groups and events. You will have a copy of our register with your resource pack, to which you can add the details of your event. Make sure that people know what the photos might be used for; especially pointing out if you want to post their photos on a social network site such as Facebook or a web page like ours. We tend to list these separately as some people are happy to have their picture in the local press but would not want it to go onto the internet. By the way, did you know that pollen from trees, such as hazel and willow, is full of protein?
  • 21. SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 21 3.8 Planting Calendar (www.eatseasonably.co.uk), 3.9 Bag Garden Gardening activity Make a note of the resources needed: Child Protection and Safeguarding Seed Soup and Sarnies Summary • If you have any concerns, about a child (somebody under 18) or a vulnerable adult (anyone who needs daily care) please read the following. • If you are working in a school or with a community organisation talk to the head or manager, they may be aware of the situation. • If there isn’t anyone available or you are unhappy with their response. • Write everything down. • Call your local Social Services department immediately, have a look on your local council website for contact details. • Please do not talk to anyone else or investigate any claims yourself.
  • 22. 22 SSS Growers Handbook Session 3 Well done! 1. For the next session you will plan and carry out a gardening activity with a small number of people. Be prepared to feed back to the group. How did everyone get on? Was there apprehension? Did the participants enjoy what they were doing? Did anyone have new ideas or came forward with information? How did you make the participants relax? What was achieved during the session? What refreshments did you provide? Hopefully you will have some photos to show and post on Facebook. 2. Plan a short activity to share with the others in the next session. Bring resources with you for about 3 or 4 people. This can be a cooking, gardening or making activity. It should not take longer than about 15 minutes. You can include information or instructions, also any written planning you have made. 3. Don’t forget to reflect on what we did today. What was useful, what was new, what you might need more of. See you next time! By the way, did you know that coffee is the most recognized smell in the world? How to plan a gardening activity What could you do? Try one of these scenarios: You will have lots of ideas! Share them within your small group and feedback. Take note of any ideas from other participants. It is February. You are going to meet in the local community hall and there is no planting space. You meet at an allotment. There is no more space for planting anything. It is July. You are meeting at someone’s house which has a big, mature garden, but no planting space for the group. The garden also has a very healthy vegetable plot and compost bins. It is November.There will be a number of toddlers attending. You are going to meet at a community hall with a little bit of planting space outside.
  • 23. SSS Growers Handbook Session 4 23 Session 4 Welcome back and over to you! Hopefully you have been able to carry out an activity, even if it is only with some family members. Share it with your group and show your photos. What went well? What was the activity? What would you do differently? What did your ‘seedlings’ gain? In your group discuss your successes and tricky issues. Are they the same as previously? Any suggestions? Think back to the main issues: • Promoting the event • Enjoyment by the participants • Achievement by participants • Participation by all • Messages about Seeds, Soup Sarnies • Health and safety You are getting an old hand at this. Share your prepared activity within a small group. Members of the groups prepare to feed back honestly. Remember: give two positives to one suggested improvement!
  • 24. 24 SSS Growers Handbook Session 4 The Future of Seeds, Soup Sarnies Communities The Cascading Model In the Past • Engaging communities through delivery and special events • Lottery funding The Future • Further funding(?) • Intermittent delivery to support groups • Sustaining engagement through self-motivation • Enabling communities • Training volunteers to be effective in propagating new groups • Trained volunteers to hand on their skills and knowledge to others in the groups By the way, did you know that rice is the staple food of more than half of the world’s population?
  • 25. SSS Participants Handbook Session 4 25 4.1 Fundraising Funding and fundraising A - Z of Fundraising Ideas There are thousands of ways of raising money. Here are some that are tried and tested. Think of some of your own suggestions. 4.2 History of Chutney, 4.3 Food Preservation Cooking activity – Making chutney A few questions: • Why this activity? • How could it be extended? – Think of other related activities? • Any particular hazards? • Does it include everyone? • Any planning or resource issues? A – Advertising in newsletter B – Bicycle rides, barbecues, bingo C – Competitions, car washes D – Discos E – Elvis look-alike competitions F – Fancy dress competitions, fairs and fetes G – Graffiti clean ups, guess the weight H – I – Inserting a leaflet into other people’s newsletters J – K – Karaoke evenings, kids’ parties L – M – Marathons and half marathons, make and sell crafts and produce N – O – Odd jobs P – Picnics in the park, pennies in the bottle Q – Quiz evening R – Raffles, recycling newspapers and cans S – Sponsored walks T – Tombolas U – Used toys, records and clothes for jumble sales or car boot sales V – Visits and trips W – X – Xmas cards Y – Year planners and calendars Z – Zest and enthusiasm, which you must have if you are to convince others
  • 26. 26 SSS Growers Handbook Session 4 Food Preservation, History of Chutney That’s it for now! Let’s compare your present ideas about Seeds, Soup Sarnies Communities with the ideas you wrote down at the beginning of this process. • Is there anything that has changed? • Is there anything you would add? • Is there anything you would take away? Bring cake – have a party Happy sowing! Keep in touch and share your successes and plans Keep Sharing! By the way, did you know that carrots actually come in a range of colours?
  • 27. Notes
  • 28. A big thank you to everyone! What next? Keep sharing! Find us on Facebook to share your posts and photos. Visit the website for advice and inspiration. www.seedssoupsarnies.org

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