Women's Organic Community Allotment
The Women's Organic Community Allotment provides a community that enables women to grow organic food and herbs on an allotment.
We want to promote allotments as a friendly, inviting place for women to use and to help re-address the imbalance of the sex of allotment users. The group is open to all women who agree with its aims.
We hope to promote health and well being through;
1 the physical work involved
2 eating local, fresh, organic produce
3 the self-confidence gained through learning new skills and working with others
4 enjoying a relationship with the natural environment
5 the empowerment of being able to help ourselves to create the ultimate necessity in life - food
We hope to decrease mans negative impact on the environment by
1 minimising the distance between where food is grown in relation to where it is eaten and thus decreasing vehicle pollution and packaging
2 improving the soil and it's organisms by creating humus and not using synthetic / harmful chemicals, which kill essential worms and bacteria, and enter the water system further destroying plant and animal life.
3 encouraging bio-diversity by providing different habitats for wildlife and growing a wide range of varieties of herbs, fruits and vegetables
4 saving seeds and using pest control techniques and applications which won't harm beneficial species
5 re-using and recycling materials wherever possible
Where we are up to now
We now have 2 allotments, one which we are developing as an orchard (we have planted 8 apple trees, lots of soft fruits, a willow circle, a barbecue is being built from bricks found on the allotment).
Our first allotment is now fully developed with annual veg & 2 medicinal and culinary herb beds. It also includes our 14 x 25ft polytunnel (1 year old). This enables us to grow all year round & to grow hot climate food plants. We also have worked with a local community artist producing a mosaic as a backdrop to a natural spring.
In 2002, we had 30 volunteers and 53 visitors! Volunteers have gone on to get their own allotment, grow in their gardens, gain employment, gain confidence, improve our well being and benefit from the social support.
Plans for 2003
This year we had our open day in Sheffield Environmental Week. Over 30 people came, linking up with other women that have allotments, other community allotments, new members etc
We are hosting an allotments tour for Walkley (local) Festival
To plant hazelnuts, plum & greengage trees and more soft fruit to develop the orchard
Work with Sheffield wildlife trust, growing wild flowers for derelict ground in a deprived area in Sheffield
Trip to Weleda, a biodynamic company (Herbal remedies & Homeopathic medicines)
Be involved with Women’s Environmental Networks Workshops/sharing skills 'Women Taking action for a healthier planet' event in Ludlow
We also look forward to working with 'Earthed' building a compost toilet
Making links with a young women’s housing project and ethnic minority environmental group
Attending the European Federation of City Farms Conference 2003-'Farming & gardening in Urban Communities'
.....and much more!
Women’s Organic Community Allotment
Zoy Mills (facilitator/secretary)
148 Walkley St
Tel: 0114 2853364/07771777858
date created:22/4/2003 15:07:19
last updated:22/12/2003 13:18:54