GROW is an educational movement transforming our relationship with food, the land and each other.
Based at our host farm at The Totteridge Academy in Barnet, GROW is a life skills education programme that engages young people with nature, teaches them about nutrition and wellbeing, and provides a sustainable source of food for schools and the local community.
To build confidence and nurture wellbeing.
To cultivate new relationships with nature and the outdoors.
To give everyone the tools to shape their own future and make positive changes in the world.
Based at our newly established 6 acre farm at The Totteridge Academy in Barnet, GROW is building a vibrant working farm which will function as a vital community resource.
We are currently fundraising to build a multipurpose community building that will act as the hub of the community farm and GROW HQ. From 2020, it will host all GROW curriculum classes and will be available to rent for a variety of activities including yoga classes, workshops, private functions, and community events.
The GROW community farm will also run volunteer and training programmes and low-cost activities for the elderly and youth groups throughout the year.
We will grow fresh fruit & vegetables and function as a working commercial farm. We will raise farm animals and keep bees, involving the students and community in every stage.
“GROW lessons have helped me to think about what I eat and my place in the world.”
Alfie, Year 7
The GROW educational programme aims to facilitate and empower young people to make positive changes in themselves and the world around them for a sustainable, happier and more connected future.
GROW’s current educational curriculum delivers sessions for Y7 and Y8 students in food and farming, nutrition, yoga, philosophical thinking, breath work, mental maintenance and more.
We have successfully trialled a full term of the GROW curriculum with 50 Totteridge Academy students and will be delivering this to 250 students from September 2019.
Our long term aim is to roll out the GROW curriculum to schools and communities nationwide, re-shaping the landscape of education, food and well being.
“I really like yoga because it takes all the things I’m thinking about in my life away and makes me feel calm.”
Yaqub, Year 7
HOW TO SUPPORT
GROW is a newly established charity with ambitious aims. We rely on the support of generous individuals and organisations to continue our work.
If you or your organisation are looking to support charitable work focussed on young people, environment and community, GROW would love to hear from you. Please take a look at our fundraising pack below or get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in volunteering or being a part of setting up the GROW community farm please email email@example.com or sign up to our mailing list below.
You can make a donation now by going to our just giving page.
GROW now hosts weekly volunteering sessions every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm, from 11th September. Join us!
No experience is necessary and it’s an amazing way to learn new skills, get active and meet your neighbours. Come along any time you like between 10 am - 2pm.
If you’re interested, you can just come along to the site (address below) and speak to Sarah, our farm manager. We will ask you to fill in a short induction form and do a very quick health and safety briefing then you’ll be able to get involved with whatever activities are happening on that day. If you have any health issues or serious allergies, please let us know in advance wherever possible. As we’re just at the beginning of our journey, autumn will focus on making and preparing the beds in the market garden.
How to find us:
The GROW field is part of the Totteridge Academy, Barnet Lane, N20 8AZ.
When you come in the main gates, turn right straight away, walk past the tennis courts and you’ll see a set of green gates. You’ve made it. You do not need to go to the school reception.
For any questions, please get in touch with Sarah Alun-Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org