Home Grow Your Own was a Student Fund project run from February - December 2014 by Emma Simpson, a final year politics student from the University of Leeds. She used £1000 of funding to teach students and more permanent residents in LS6 how to grow their own food from seed.
Plants ranged from English peas to beetroot to lettuce, with attendees having three opportunities to be taught how to grow their own by Emma and her 10 volunteers, across 3 action days run in different community spaces around Leeds. The project provided a space for community members who might not normally come together to learn and share skills, as well creating a bit more life and greenery in urban areas. In total, 110 pots of veg were planted, 223 people were reached on social media and up to 20 people attended each session.
Home Grow Your Own also occupied space in the Leeds University Union building, helping students relax by planting up herb pots and edible flowers. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of Home Grow Your Own as a small business once Emma has completed her degree!