Connecting People To The Land
Growing Local is Going Local is a community interest company that encourages and educates communities to grow and eat local food
Growing Local is Going Local was established in June 2009. It is based in Hereford City and Court Farm Tillington.
Herefordshire is an agricultural county. Herefordshire farmers grow a huge variety of agricultural products. The county is renowned for its cattle, hops, orchards and soft fruit. Many local farmers are using what they grow to create high quality food products.
We want to connect our local community to its local food. We do this by engaging local fruit and vegetable growers in a vegetable bag scheme, delivering their wonderfully fresh produce in and around Hereford.
We work with many local schools and community organisations to raise awareness of local, seasonal food, and improve health in the community by encouraging ‘cooking from scratch’ and ‘grow your own’. We do this by providing land-based activities at the sites where our fruit and vegetables are produced and at a variety of other local farms.
A little bit about who we are:
Pat Gordon and Heather Percy- Founding members of Growing local
Their love of good food and passion for education inspired the creation of ‘Growing Local’. Pat says ’Our mission is to make it possible for everyone to take control of their food either by buying locally through our vegetable bag scheme or growing their own via our education projects. By buying locally we are supporting local growers so that we know where our food comes from and by cooking from scratch we know what we are eating – we are in control.’
Pat and Heather bring 25 and 20 years, respectively, of teaching experience to Growing Local.
Louisa Foti is our Educational Officer. Louisa brings years of experience as a ‘grow your own ‘ enthusiast and food blogger. Louisa is an ardent foodie, kids cook teacher and street food stall owner. Louisa has developed the ‘Eat’ part of the ‘Grow-Cook-Eat’ programme and built the ‘Field Kitchen’ since joining us. More about Louisa can be found at eatyourveg.co.uk.
Rachel Moffitt, Growing Local’s Administrative Officer, is a dedicated foodie and bringing her exemplary organisational and accounting skills to the company. Rachel helped a similar organisation flourish in Exeter before moving to Hereford.
There are a multitude of volunteers and helpers working with Pat, Heather, Louisa and Rachel, who are also instrumental in making Growing Local successful. Some of the people you may meet:
Katya Coupland – the creative talent behind the Recipe Book Project and our new website.
Denise Pegrum – teaching assistant extraordinaire, always cool, calm and collected. Denise brings a wealth of experience from similar educational projects she worked with during her twenty years spent in the United States.
Rosemary Harvard – having worked on her family allotment since the age of four, Rosemary brings a lifetime of experience to our primary school grow-cook eat workshops.
Keeley Wilby – with her fine eye for detail and sense of humour Keeley keeps us all on track whilst packing our veg bags on Thursday mornings. Soon to be back with us after the birth of baby Lottie.
Martin Hales – a dedicated woodsman with many years experience Martin is our woodland tutor and builder in chief of our African Garden quarter.
Clare Victor and Yvette Lavis – bring years of teaching experience and knowledge to our African Gardening Workshops.
Emily Price – enthusiastic, arty and joyful when assisting in the garden or the kitchen.
Will and Maddy Bradley – farmers at Home Farm in Dulas providing expert tuition in animal and estate skills to both our primary and secondary students.
Lisa Allender – currently taking time out from Growing Local, to care for her expanding family. Lisa was the gardening talent behind the original garden design.