University organic gardening group to hold plant sale

Posted by rmt22 at May 11, 2016 03:55 PM |
Student-led Hungry for Change project to hold plant sale in the Percy Gee on Monday 16 May.

Hungry for Change was set up in 2013 after a grant from the NUS to develop a sustainable food project at the University.

On Monday 16 May from 10-2pm the group will be selling plants and seedlings they have grown on the terrace, directly outside the Students' Union Square. Plants include strawberry, fennel, bay, chives, lettuce, lupins, chard, leeks, chillis, tomatoes and much more. They will also be selling hand-made bird boxes for £5 each and giving away wildflower seeds. All proceeds from the sale will be put back into the project to support future activities and growing.

The student-led project includes a large fruit and vegetable growing area and 20 fruit tree orchard at our Brookfield campus, an urban growing balcony at the front of the Percy Gee building and a ‘Food for Free’ trail, with free fruit for all running through the main campus. There will also soon be two bee hives, hosted at the orchard at Brookfield.

Hungry for change plot

The project aims to educate students in sustainable living, practical skills in growing their own fruit and vegetables, develop initiatives and events to educate and increase awareness of sustainability issue, work with academic departments to increase sustainability teaching at the university and include community outreach within the local area.

The group runs weekly gardening sessions every Wednesday from 12-4pm at the Brookfield Plot and 2-4pm at The Hub balcony, within the Students' Union.

They would love to get more staff involved in the project, especially if they have any gardening knowledge that they could offer to the project.

Visit the Hungry for Change website, join their Facebook group and follow them on Twitter for more information.

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