Designed as a Participatory Action Research and Permaculture Design project, Grow Bradford acts as a catalyst for people to become more involved and connected with growing food, developing skills, improving health and transforming their local community and spaces
Grow Bradford has 2 main aims.
1) It aims to promote and increase food growing and biodiversity in Bradford.
2) It aims to promote resource and information sharing and a spirit of cooperation in order for a variety of organisations and individuals to work together to best effect in promoting and increasing food growing and biodiversity in Bradford
These are put in to effect through the 3 following main objectives:
a) Connecting: In order to do this Grow Bradford engages in networking and documenting food growing projects and activities, and those linked projects and activities that improve biodiversity.
b) Growing: Grow Bradford is also involved in practical permaculture and organic food growing initiatives in order to engage more people in such activities and to create more spaces and practitioners to work in such ways.
c) Mapping: Grow Bradford emphasizes using art and creativity, mapping and appropriate technology to engage people and promote information through a website and in other venues and activities
So far the development of the website has been funded by The Co-operative, Two28 and Neighbourhood Ventures, whilst on-the-ground initiatives working with the Great Horton and Little Horton areas, Canterbury Nursery School & Centre for Children & Families, Horton Park Primary School and residents on Canterbury Estate has been funded by Two28, Bradford Council (BMDC) and partners through 1mile² Bradford.
Andrew was born and bred in Bradford. He has sought out and picked mushrooms in his local area and across Bradford since he was 13 years old and has been drawing, identifying and eating local mushrooms ever since. Andrew was found by the Prince of Wales Trust and commissioned to draw works for Winsor and Newton. He has always looked on the natural world with wonder, been a thinker and an artist since he can remember. Andrew is currently working designing a permaculture project in Pudsey working with Manchester’s Biospheric Foundation and sharing his knowledge of mushrooms and mycelium for healing inert soils , toxic land and waterways. Grow Bradford is happy that Andrew is willing to share some of his work here.
Charlie Gray is a food grower and creative outdoor worker, with links to education, art, voluntary and community, and environmental sectors. Grow Bradford has come out of Charlie’s work with Transition Bradford, 1mile² Bradford and Permaculture. Charlie is a co-founder of Horton Community Farm (HCF), a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Scheme) and multi-functional and land-based permaculture project on Cecil Avenue allotments in Great Horton, Bradford. She is currently training in Forest Schools and will be setting up the Education Programme at HCF.
I have been interested in Permaculture and the unique contribution it can have in Bradford since moving here. I’ve had the good fortune to complete a Permaculture Design Course at the Edibles Farm in the Calder Valley. An excellent introduction in a live Permaculture site with some very willing teachers and obliging hosts. I have been interested in Permaculture and the unique contribution it can have in Bradford since moving here. I’ve had the good fortune to complete a Permaculture Design Course at the Edibles Farm in the Calder Valley. An excellent introduction in a live Permaculture site with some very willing teachers and obliging hosts. I am one of the developers for the Grow Bradford website and I hope my contribution will make this project shine as it is a vital part of community activism in Bradford.
Vicente Ramirez Garcia
Vicente has a degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialism in Telecommunications. He has a passion for sound and web technologies and has read widely around these subjects over many years. This project has benefitted from his curiosity for new technologies and allows him to explore mapping technologies and their applications.