Community hubs provide fresh produce to support Luton’s residents and address issues of food poverty across the town. We will also be promoting the benefits of a fresh diet and good nutrition to support both physical and emotional well-being.
What are community food growing hubs?
The hubs support Luton residents to learn how to grow, harvest and cook with fresh produce. Now Groundwork is offering a variety of activities including low-cost nutritious meal planning and cooking on a budget, to help residents improve their diets and nutrition. The food grown at the hubs is used to support the delivery of these programmes. (This is the ‘Fork to Fork’ model.)
Fresh produce grown in the hubs is redistributed within the local community and used to enrich local food bank and crisis and destitution services and within local holiday hunger services, where children from low-income families will have the opportunity to grow, cook and eat fresh food as a part of structured holiday programmes.
Our hubs provide the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and to make a contribution to supporting a healthier community across Luton.
Where are the hubs?
- One of these hubs is a community garden at St John the Baptist Church on Rotheram Avenue (Farley, Luton LU1 5PP).
- Our second hub is at Strathmore Avenue Community Garden, Strathmore Avenue Methodist Church (Strathmore Avenue LU1 3NZ).
- The third hub is in development at Memorial Park Community Garden (Memorial Park, West Hill Road, Luton LU1 3LZ).
- A fourth hub is in discussion for the New Town / Capability area of Luton.
Working in partnership
- At our first hub in Farley, we’re working with the British Red Cross to develop the new food growing garden, in conjunction with Luton Borough Council’s Food Plan.
- The developing hub at Strathmore Avenue in Luton is in partnership with Strathmore Avenue Church, who recently received a grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All programme to contribute towards improvement works. The development of the Strathmore Avenue Methodist Church food hub will be instrumental in the wider environmental improvements across the Park Town estate.