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25 January 2013
master gardeners wanted

Local food charity looking for Master Gardeners to support people to grow their own food

Local food charity,  Somerset Community Food are pleased to announce that they will be partnering with national charity  Garden Organic to support volunteers in Somerset to become Master Gardeners to help get their communities growing their own food.

"Around the country, thousands of people have been supported to grow their own with the help of 400 Master Gardeners, and now is the time to get Somerset skilled up to grow their own!", says Linda Hull who is co-ordinating the project.  “The programme works by offering individuals and communities free advice and mentoring. The idea is to enthuse people about food growing whilst offering the support that they need along the journey.”

The charity are looking for volunteers with at least two years food growing experience who can help other families and households to start growing their own as well as promote food growing to their community at events, talks, via projects and more. Volunteers offer half a day per month or 30 hours over the year and get additional training in growing techniques.

The induction training begins in early March and applications are welcome as soon as possible. Please email linda.hull@somersetcommunityfood.org.uk   for an application pack or see www.incredible-edible-somerset.ning.com/page/master-gardeners for more information.

[Somerset Community Food are a local charity founded in 2004, which aims to re-connect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food. & Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years. Dedicated to promoting organic gardening in homes, communities and schools, it uses innovation and inspiration to get more people growing in the most sustainable way. 
Garden Organic’s charitable work delivers the organic growing message through renowned projects such as the Food For Life Partnership, the Master Composter and Master Gardener schemes and the work of The Heritage Seed Library. To find out more visit www.gardenorganic.org.uk]