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Apr 8, 2020

Growing info and small grants for Somerset Community Food projects coming soon!

We will release our Get Set Grow resources on our website this month – these will be informative and useful for anyone starting to grow their own food.

We are in discussion about giving out some small, one-off small grants to support community food projects at this time - more details coming soon, you are welcome to express your interest by contacting us by e-mail:

Read on for more information on funding and other sources of information.

Covid-19 - Community response information:
Somerset communities have quickly got organised in response to what is happening at a very local level.
Spark Somerset is hosting a community platform and providing training for community support groups in Somerset, most Somerset response groups are listed here:
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK (nationwide) is a also a good source of information and has been set up to support local response groups.
Somerset Community Foundation is offering funding to Somerset charities and will consider applications from newly formed groups who are responding to the immediate situation.
Community crowd funding has worked for a number of groups to raise money quickly for a local cause.
Spark are also regularly updating sources of funding open to groups in Somerset.

Local food delivery schemes, CSAs and small-scale local food growers 
We are hearing that demand for food delivery is high and that measures are being used to ensure the safe handing of food and the safety of workers.
The Landworkers Alliance have called for an Emergency Land Army Deal to protect local food supply and are offering Solidarity Loans to small scale growers.

Community food growing projects
NVCO are offering advice for charities working with volunteers.

Home food growing, allotments and community gardens
The National Allotment Association have advice for accessing your plot safely here. Individual sites may have their own policy.

Try to support your local plant growers and nurseries, they are closed to the public but most are now providing a home delivery service to local residents.

The bigger picture:
Sustain remain active in continuing their work to secure a resilient food system, with a focus on local supply and ensuring vulnerable people are getting essential foodstuffs.

We invite you to share your success stories (if you get time!).

All good wishes from Somerset Community Food