A series of community based Hoe, Sow and Grow short courses are hoped to run again after being well received by the public recently. The courses were designed to attract people interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. They were free, and ran for four weeks. Participants had the option of taking part in either day or evening sessions.
The programme was organised by a partnership of the Fife Community Food Project, Elmwood College, and the Fife environmental charity group WECAN's Food For Fife project. The programme also received support from the Dysart & Kelty Allotment Associations & the Abbeyview Community Warden Scheme.
Programme organiser, Iain Anderson, a member of the Fife Community Food Project team, said, "The courses are designed to give participants practical skills to successfully grow their own food. They are delivered by tutors from Elmwood College and cover subjects from ground preparation, to planting and weed control. The only qualifications needed for this course is enthusiasm and a pair of wellies! "
One participant said, “I attended the Hoe, Sow and Grow classes at the Boreland Allotments and just wished to express my appreciation to Peter Upton our tutor whose enthusiasm for gardening, growing and all things horticultural was truly inspirational. I particularly liked his ability to explain why things were done a certain way while others preferred the actual digging and sowing.”
“The people who organised this course were aware of the desire amongst a fairly wide age range of people who wanted to learn more about growing vegetables. I can only hope such courses will become a regular feature as I for one had no experience of gardening and no parents or grandparents from whom I could gain any insights and I am sure I am not alone.”.