The site for the new food Hub in Breightmet couldn’t be located in a better place than where it is, the site is nestled between different rows of social housing where the people live whom we are trying to encourage to grow their own food, so when we talk about local food we mean in metres not miles.
The site originally came to life when Bolton at Home Neighbourhood Manager Tony Cottam came across the fenced site that contains three shipping containers in the summer of 2014, he then contacted the relevant department of his organization and now the site is set to become Breightmet’s community food growing hub.
So our work on the site today in between bouts of lashing rain and rare minutes of sunshine has been seed sowing and sorting through the timber that we scavenged from a fencing company, we then set to work making making the raised beds with the timber that will eventually cover most of the site.
I came to Breightmet today armed to the teeth with two volunteers and every imaginable tool needed for the job. Our volunteers who helped out today were the Multiskilled Landrover Dave and his amazing collection of well made hand tools, and Sarah who is exploring both the theoretical and practical side of offgrid community living, a big thank you to both for their efforts today mainly working in the rain accompanies by cold winds.
At such an early stage in this exciting piece of food access/community development work we really hope that members of local community will use this site, luckily for us since Breightmet is still a close knit community people soon get to hear whats happening on the estate we think that the response will be a positive one as is the case with all of the families we are currently working with with who we help and support to grow their own food in their own gardens and yards. Places like Breightmet always strike me as having a sense of resilience about them, and we would like to add to that resilience through generating and developing localized food production systems.