Here are 6 things to know about Woodbank Community Food Hub during the lock down.
1. We will be open again as soon as possible, once the lock down is over, with lots of community gardening and volunteering opportunities to get involved in.
2. Our exciting programme of community events will still happen. Our funders have been fantastic and have agreed that for now we can focus on growing as much food as possible and that we can run our events at a later date, so no one needs to miss out!
3. Everyone on site is classed as a key worker. If you pass the site on your daily exercise in the beautiful Woodbank Park, you will be able to see people working away. This is because food production is regarded as an essential service and we are doubling our efforts to grow fresh delicious fruit & veg for Stockport and our communities.
4. We have put in place strict measures to keep our team and park users safe. We have strengthened our procedures to keep our staff, small groups of dedicated volunteers and veg customers safe. We have in place a new tool cleaning station, hand wash stations, strict adherence to physical distancing and protective equipment offered to anyone at work – including masks speedily made for us by Stitched Up (and Chris’ Mum).
5. We are growing as much food as we can! With the huge increase in interest in local veg and the complications of getting hold of veg from further afield, we are ramping up our veg production. We are, however, currently in what is known as the ‘hungry gap’; a time when there is lots of work to do, but little in the way of veg to be harvested from our fields. Weather permitting, we hope to be harvesting our first crops in June.
6. You can collect a Veg Bag of local organic, fresh produce from Woodbank every Thursday. While we wait for our crops to grow we work with a number of other local farmers (and farmers further afield) to produce a veg bag of fresh organic produce, available for local residents.