Putting locally grown produce on the table
It wasn’t that long ago that The Island was self-sufficient for most of its needs, including food. There are a lot more people on The Island today and most of the farmland has been turned over to rape seed, low grade wheat and hay.
‘Grown On Sheppey’ aims to get people growing and producing local food. With a little bit of effort it is possible to make significant savings whilst enjoying the best quality, organically grown, fantastic tasting local produce.
Whilst it would be great if we could convince The Island’s farmers to start producing local produce for us to consume, we don’t need to reclaim farmland to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency.
The team at Sheppey Matters, with the help of HM Prisons have already made the first step and soon they will be opening up allotments on unused prison grounds for islanders to grow their own stuff.
Schemes like the Landshare programme are also proving to be very successful. People with large gardens but not the time or skill to grow their own crops are paired with people who don’t have the land but have the necessary skills and time.
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