One of Joining Hands’ schemes is a community growing project based in Ditton. The project was developed by a young apprentice of ours, Louise Rowe-Leete, in 2011 when she was successful in securing a plot of land on the East Malling Trust patch.
For the first year or so, Louise and I spent many hours planting and growing vegetables on a small part of the land because we were fighting against weed and the sheer size of the land between the two of us and a number of wonderful volunteers – namely the fabulous Julia who also involved her whole family, young people, businesses and even a group of scouts. Much of what we grew was shared, donated and sold through connections and networks. And everyone who tasted any of the vegetables we grew was amazed at the quality and taste. Well, Louise had to leave us to go to university shortly after and, for the lack of time and enough help, I had to admit defeat and pass the work over to our new Co-ordinator, Laurence Snook. Continue reading