Reconnecting Us to Food and Nature

A Food Education Charity

Communigrow is a registered food education charity based in East Malling, Maidstone, Kent. We are focused on reconnecting people to freshly grown food, the outdoor environment it comes from and the soil it grows in. We want to teach people from all walks of life – rich or poor, young or old – about how to grow their own food and reconnect with nature. Learning, teaching, caring and sharing are the core aspects of the Communigrow project. We care about ethical food production, land and nature conservation and personal and collective well-being.

 

Volunteers and Staff at a Communigrow Food Education Charity Festival

 

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Food Growing Sessions for Schools and Community Groups

education at communigrow

We offer practical experience to young people and adults, including those facing complex challenges and special needs, of learning how to grow food. These sessions are led by experienced growers and help young people and adults increase their self confidence and esteem and to improve their life prospects, as well as give them the skills and knowledge to grow their own food. For referrals and further information get in touch at grower@communigrow.org.uk

We provide field based sessions on growing and conservation for schools and community groups. Go to our Education page to find out more information about our programmes and learning opportunities.

We also support a team of Volunteers and community members who are active in growing fresh produce which is sold on site. Our volunteers, beneficiaries and partners are part of communities in Ditton, East Malling, West Malling, Larkfield, Snodland, Maidstone, Aylesford and surrounding areas.

We Grow Local Seasonal Kentish Vegetables

We produce a wide range of seasonal vegetables that are chemical and pesticide-free. We use sustainable methods that reduce the impact we have on the planet – natural systems, no chemicals, low carbon footprint – plus we are expanding habitats for conservation and environmental study. Our veg is grown and cultivated according to Wholesome Food Association principles. These principles include:-

  • Application of growing methods that nourish and enrich the soil
  • No usage of artificial inputs such as synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers
  • The benign application of pest control
  • Maintenance of genetic diversity through incorporation of wilds plants and wildlife habitats
  • No usage of genetically engineered seeds or plants

What We Grow

vegbox from communigrow food education charityWe grow a wide range of vegetables, herbs, flowers and edible flowers. Everything we grow is free from chemicals and pesticides following organic methods which helps to protect the environment and thrives local ecosystems and wildlife. Our produce is seasonal, fresh and an excellent option for those looking for healthier and nutritious vegetables.

Everyone is welcome to visit the field and buy fresh produce from the field between Mon and Friday (morning). Please do contact us in advance to check what is in season.

We do not grow fruit at the field due to potential issues related to cross contamination. Some crops we usually grow are: cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli, onions, spinach, lettuce, chard, runner beans, French beans, broad beans, courgettes, cucumbers, squash (different varieties), basil, parsley, mint, thyme, rosemary, lavender, tomato (different varieties), chillies, peppers, aubergines and flowers.

We have a presence and sell our produce at local cafes and pubs who help us to promote the benefits of locally produce fresh food and the work of Communigrow.

Veg Box Scheme

We also sell our veg locally through our veg box scheme. The food contained within the veg box varies depends on the season and the seasonal vegetables available. Find out how you can get veg from our field on the Buy Produce page.

Areas We Support in Kent

Towns

Maidstone, Rochester, Chatham, Rainham, Gillingham, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Paddock Wood

Villages

Ditton, East Malling, West Malling, West Kingdown, East Farleigh, West Farleigh, New Hythe, New Ash Green, West Kingsdown, Meopham, Larkfield, Kings Hill, Allington, Loose, Coxheath, Burling, Wateringbury, Barming, Mereworth, Bearsted, Yalding, Beltring, Detling, Leybourne, Lunsford Park, Nettlestead, Wrotham, Wrotham Heath, Cuxton, Hempstead, Bredhurst, Blue Bell Hill, Aylesford, Plaxtol, Borough Green, Leeds, Hollingbourne, Stansted, Shipbourne Hadlow, East Peckham, West Peckham, Hunton, Sutton Valence, Snodland, Eccles, Birling, Ryarsh, Offham, Burham, Teston, Boughton Monchelsea, Linton.