|Name:||Volunteer Growers and Food Producers|
|Organisation:||Tamar Grow Local|
|Location:||Crop, Penlee Way, Stoke, Plymouth, Devon, PL3 4DD|
Very flexible, often weather dependent
Tamar Grow Local has access to several growing sites in the Tamar valley and Plymouth and we regularly need volunteers for a very wide range of tasks throughout the growing year.
Work is undertaken on our community orchards and vineyard, our new market garden near Cothele house and Crop horticultural therapy project in Plymouth.
We pride ourselves on helping to train people in small scale growing and opportunities for accredited training (via Duchy college) are available (subject to conditions and time of year), and we have a record of people successfully moving on to other opportunities in volunteering and into work.
Tamar Grow Local is a proud supporter of local food production and support.
We run a variety of community projects in Plymouth and the Tamar valley including beekeeping, orchards and vineyards.
We work closely with other providers to facilitate the the Grow, Share, Cook campaign which delivers a bag of fresh, local vegetables and fruit every fortnight to those identified as at risk of food poverty.
Our work encompasses Crop, (the horticultural therapy project run by LiveWell southwest) where we have volunteers working with people with mental health concerns and learning difficulties. Produce grown at Crop contributes to the veg bag scheme and is also sold online via TGL's online food hub.
Volunteers must be comfortable with lifting digging, pruning and occasionally working in poor weather. However,
we have a wide variety of volunteers, many with various issues including mobility but because of our links with the Crop horticultural therapy project this isn't an issue and we tailor tasks to the abilities of individual.
We have a wide range of volunteers and staff with many different skills all eager to help.
The diversity of our sites means that volunteers can pick up skills in putting up greenhouses and poly tunnels, making raised beds, pruning fruit trees, vines and bushes, planting trees, vines, flowers and vegetables, propagation and other horticultural practices.
Volunteers have often used their skills for their own benefit i.e. renting an allotment, erecting a greenhouse at home or applying for paid work.