The Norfolk Master Gardener programme began life as part of a three year pilot programme managed by national charity, Garden Organic.
How does it work?
Garden Organic has the pleasure of recruiting community volunteers, Master Gardeners, who we train and actively support to promote the benefits of growing your own.
Master Gardeners offer local growing advice through community growing spaces, events, talks, stalls, articles, and other innovative ways that suit their skills and lifestyle. Master Gardeners also mentor 10 households each, offering 12 months free support to those just starting to grow their own food. It’s very exciting.
What’s the point?
There’s huge interest in growing food. The public’s demand for allotments, advice, and support have increased massively thanks to high profile campaigns, food and health concerns, community growing networks, and a changing society intent on learning how to grow their own local, organic produce.
Master Gardeners have the important – and exciting role of supporting these interested people. To offer them reasons to grow food, remove barriers against, teach growing skills and offer support.
Master Gardeners believe that everyone can grow their own food, whether in a garden or allotment, on their balcony, a windowsill or on communal land. Whatever the crop, whatever the space, food growing is important for a healthy diet and lifestyle. It saves money, teaches skills, and brings people together.
We’re very grateful to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse (Norfolk County Council) for their kind support for local Master Gardeners during the first 3 years in Norfolk. The council also support our volunteer network of Master Composters.
2014 saw the development of a new relationship with Breckland Council and a commission award to deliver a new 3-year Master Gardener programme across the district. In 2016 we were able to add a network of Growing Buddy volunteers to the Breckland scheme.
Master Gardeners and Growing Buddies work with a range of local growing groups and initiatives around the county, such as Norfolk Organic Group.
Master Gardeners and Growing Buddies are not imposed on the local growing scene, but come from it. They bring together people and organisations that recognise the importance of passing on growing skills and passion.
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