Grow, Share, Cook

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Promoting a healthier lifestyle through good food

A film produced for Grow, Share, Cook enjoyed its premiere on the big screen in Plymouth city centre, where those involved in the project gathered around the screen on the Piazza, eagerly anticipating the short film which was provided by Fotonow CIC surrounded by volunteers dressed as fruit and vegetables handing out exciting recipes to people walking past.

The Grow, Share, Cook sessions aim to help volunteers grow more fresh fruit and vegetables, develop community gardens and teach people how to cook healthy food. PCH is working in partnership with Food is Fun and Plymouth City Council to provide the sessions at Plumer House, using locally-sourced produce from Tamar Grow Local.

Zoe Nile, who has been involved with the project from early on, said: “We have created a renewed love of home cooking and to have the film we’ve created aired in such a public place in front of so many people, makes me so proud. Our residents have discovered new skills in the kitchen through Grow, Share, Cook – and it’s making a real difference.”

“The most rewarding thing about the project has been seeing the big difference it makes in people’s lives. Those who have taken part have grown in confidence by having fresh vegetables and knowing how to cook them”

Tami Skelton, director of Food is Fun

James Ellwood, from Fotonow CIC, said: “One of the things I love about Grow, Share, Cook is that it’s a great example of partnerships coming together to help solve a key social issue. From the volunteer growers through to distribution of the produce and the cooking sessions, so many people are coming together to chip in. At Fotonow we hope the film does justice to the hard work that has been put in by so many.”

Tami Skelton, nutritionist and director of Food is Fun, said: “The most rewarding thing about the project has been seeing the big difference it makes in people’s lives. Those who have taken part have grown in confidence by having fresh vegetables and knowing how to cook them.”

Darin Halifax, chief cities of service officer for Plymouth, added: “The project has worked really well with the help of our partners and, most important of all, the volunteers and participants –we couldn’t have done it without them all. The healthy cooking sessions have been really popular and people have taken their learning back home with them and shared it with their families.”

Simon Patten, from Tamar Grow Local, said: “Grow, Share, Cook has the real potential to change lives. At the peak of the project we were delivering 100 vegetable bags to front doors across the city, all sourced from Tamar Grow Local growing projects, Tamar Valley growers or English farms which is fantastic both for the recipients who get really fresh food and the small local growers who are benefitting from increased sales. It is a project that has really brought people together and a project we are really proud to be part of.”

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