Fresher freshers

NUS has teamed up with Homebase to run an innovative project to get students growing their own environmentally-friendly food.

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''Garden plots are the ideal tool to educate students on how locally sourced produce helps the global environment. Increasing numbers of home and notably international students are becoming involved in our volunteering projects.

The intention is that the students then embed the values and practices in their own lives and encourage others, be they friends or employers to do the same. We are already receiving feedback that students are doing so. This has to be the ideal result for the Fresher Freshers campaign.''

Samuel Johnson, Vice President, Liverpool Guild of Students

Called Fresher Freshers, the project will help support student groups in seven students’ unions over three years to develop their own food growing schemes to provide fresh, healthy produce on campus.

Each group will receive free materials, tools and seeds from Homebase.

NUS will work with the groups to develop their plans and to help ensure long-term sustainability of the projects.  Ideas include:

  • Selling produce into union/university catering 
  • Integrating community groups, such as local schools and refugee groups 
  • Helping the elderly to maintain their gardens
  • Selling produce at local farmers markets
  • Holding themed cultural cooking events to promote healthy eating and to celebrate cultural diversity
  • Planting of fruit trees
  • Installation of polytunnels

Click here to find out how the unions are doing.

Useful Resources

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Advice and Seasonal Tips

Get into Gardening 
Homebase’s Get into Gardening provides tips and advice for the novice gardener, with how-to articles and video guides, online forums and blogs.  Regular competitions are held throughout the year.

Garden Organic
Garden Organic is the UK’s leading organic growing charity, with 50 years of experience of researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. 

Eat Seasonably
Eat Seasonably celebrates eating the right things at the right time, and provides useful information about what to eat and grow throughout the year.

Sustainable Food and Farming

The Soil Association
The Soil Association is the UK's leading organic organisation, promoting planet-friendly and farming through education, campaigns and community programmes.

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. Sustain represents around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.

Slow Food
Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.  Slow Food UK’s new Slow Food on Campus initiative offers students the opportunity to influence the direction of food systems in their Universities or higher education establishments.

Access to Land

Landshare connects people who want to grow their own food but do not have the space, with those who have spare land available.  Since its launch in 2009 it has grown into a thriving community of more than 55,000 growers, sharers and helpers.

For further information please contact the Ethical and Environmental Manager, Jamie Agombar 

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