Well, this has been a windy and rainy month. I have kept myself busy doing small jobs for people but the main project that has occupied me this month has been a possible joint venture with some Wythenshawe residents. The idea is to make use of a fallow piece of land and create a food-growing project in Wythenshawe. As the proposal grew, it became clear that the vision the group has could be utilised for any under-used piece of land. This type of food growing project coupled with making use of land that is not being used for anything else is very popular at the moment. There is a food-growing project behind the McDonalds on Altrincham Road that I have been involved in. This project has been a great success, with local residents learning how to grow their own food and enjoying harvesting their crops. The group have installed a poly-tunnel and are building a pond on the site to encourage further flora and fauna to move in. Other projects in Manchester include the Future Foods and Growing Manchester projects, all supported by Manchester City Council and other organisations such as Sow the City, a social enterprise who are committed to encouraging education and experience in growing fresh healthy food. It seems in these times of austerity and concerns over the mass produced food industry that people are turning to growing their own carrots and potatoes and finding out how easy it is to produce and eat their own crops. Of course, carrots and potatoes are only a small example of the produce you can grow yourself. On my own allotment I have grown onions, garlic, courgettes, runner beans, squash and pumpkin, beets, chard, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, various salad and lettuces as well as a strawberry bed and fruit trees and bushes. I even had a good crop of blueberries this year! It is a commitment working an allotment and it does take a couple of days a week or a few evenings in the summer, but the rewards are immense. There is nothing like eating veg you took out the ground that day for your dinner. Being outdoors and getting exercise working the plot also gives further health benefits. I believe very strongly in this lifestyle and would encourage all city-dwellers to have a go at growing their own veg or fruit in their garden, or pots if they have a back yard. One Green World will continue to work with and support as many food growing projects across the North West as it can, from proposal and design through to helping build up a site and deliver infrastructure. I don’t know what the future is for the proposal I have been working on this month. It may be that this particular site is not used, but the ideas will grow and in the future, a beautiful project will come from the seeds we have sown.