Grow it, Cook it, Share it! - Parkside Neighbourhood Centre - Free

What is it?

Grow it, Cook it, Share it! is a 10 week course which aims to provide an opportunity for families to learn how to grow and nurture fruit and vegetables either in their own garden or at an allotment.

The course is run by Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire and will be based at Parkside Neighbourhood Centre, next to Hawthorn Lower School, Houghton Regis. The majority of the course will take place outdoors in the Centre’s garden.

You will have an opportunity to take part in fun activities which will teach you all you need to know in order to grow, care for, harvest and use a range of fruit and vegetables. 

Who’s it for? The course is for families living in Central Bedfordshire or Bedford Borough who:-

- Are interested in learning how to grow their own fruit and vegetables at home, or at an allotment or community garden 
- Have children aged 4+  - Want to work together to achieve something as a family
- The course is targeted at families in which the adults are without formal qualifications or have not reached level 2 (5 GCSE’s Grade A*-C or equivalent). 

Applicants will be assessed and if a parent with a full Level 2 has needs that can be met by the programme and it is appropriate for the mother or father and the child, we may be able, as an exception, to enrol him/her.

What does it consist of? The course will run on a Tuesday afternoon for 10 weeks starting on 13th May. Sessions 1 and 9 are just for adult learners, these sessions will be 3 hours long and will run from 3pm – 6pm.

All of the other sessions are for you and your child/children, and these sessions will run from 3.45pm – 5.30pm. A drink and a snack will be available for learners on arrival.

Adult learners are required to attend all 10 sessions of the course.  Information, Advice and Guidance Support will be provided to all adult learners to review your previous experience and develop a learning plan for you and your family to work towards during the course.  Learners can also be provided with more dedicated support from a Personal Advisor to help identify pathways to get back into employment, education or training.

What are the benefits? - Meeting other families and sharing skills and experience
- Learning as a family and sharing your new knowledge together
- Understanding how you can grow your own fruit and vegetables and add these to the family diet
- Understanding how growing at home can help reduce your weekly grocery budget
- Accessing information and guidance about further learning and/or employment 

How much does it cost? The course is free to attend and is open to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

What do I need to bring? You will need to wear clothing and sturdy footwear suitable for working outdoors in a garden. You may wish to bring a note book.