Devizes remains a market town in an agricultural area, so growing food should come naturally to us. However in recent decades the convenience of supermarkets has won over many, so much of our food now comes from far away places. This leaves us vulnerable to crop failures or shipping difficulties in other parts of the world, it also increases the impact of our diet on the environment.
Sustainable Devizes would like to see a return to more local growing and food production. The most local of all being food grown at home or in our gardens! Recognising that this requires space and skills that many may not yet have, we would like to start up a community level growing scheme. If you are interested in this then please get in touch.
Growing food at home
If you are seeking inspiration then take a look at the Charles Dowding YouTube channel. Charles runs a market garden in Somerset so his advice and timings also work well here. This video is a great example of what you could achieve in a very small space.
For free seeds look out for our next seed swap event - sometime mid-Frbruary.
Devizes Town Council own and run three allotment sites: Quakers Walk, Windsor Drive and Green Lane. You can find more about them and enquire about renting one here.
Growing food in the community
When it comes to growing food in the community and particularly in a town then the Incredible Edible movement leads the way. This TED talk from Pam Warhurst shows just how powerful growing food together can be in transforming a community for the better.
Just imagine how we could transform the Market Place and the Wharf by bringing life to them with abundant vegetables...