Grow Cook Share was a 4 year Local Food project and emerging Social Enterprise which started in January 2010 and finished in March 2014.
Grow Cook Learn is the follow on from Grow Cook Share but this is not a Ludlow 21 project. Grow Cook Learn have taken over the management of the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms and are focussing on the connection between food and the local landscape and local economy.
We supported people in Ludlow and Craven Arms to grow and cook their own food from scratch and to share their skills, knowledge and excess garden produce with the local community. Our aim was to encourage and support people to get growing and cooking from scratch in their homes, schools and community spaces.
We offered the following services:
- School & Community Food Gardens
- Training & Support
- Free Starter Kits
- Free Cookery Courses
- Catering Training
- Contract Cookery
- Quality Catering Service
- Weekly Veg stall
- Pizza nights
- Tool/Utensil Loan Scheme
- Free Composting Kits
Grow Cook Share are in the process of launching their new venture: Grow Cook (L)Earn.
Following a review of the successes of Grow Cook Share, consultation with stakeholders and participants, and a review of similar successful establishments elsewhere a clear framework for a long-term business has emerged. The aim of this ambitious social enterprise will be to support local people to take an active role in the local food economy via training and work experience in horticulture and catering skills. We are currently formulating our business plan and have launched a 12 month pilot scheme called Grow Cook Cater to trial our idea, offering catering training for the un- and under-employed especially those under 25. We hope to announce more details of our exciting new venture in due course so watch this space…
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