Down to Earth Stroud
Find them: at Stroud Farmers’ Market in spring
Down to Earth supports Stroud people in growing and harvesting their own fruit and vegetables. The organisation is a not for profit CIC (Community Interest Company).
Part of their mission is to increase access to and availability of locally grown organic food. To achieve this Down to Earth runs:
•an allotment scheme at Vale Community Hospital in Dursley which includes a Gardening on Prescription offer
•community growing schemes – volunteers get together for a few hours a week to grow and share food
•a new Community Seed Bank in Stroud – 18 seed guardians (and growing) saving veg seeds to protect food sovereignty and security
•The Fruit Exchange – surplus or unwanted fruit is donated to local food outlets in exchange for a drinks voucher
The group sells fruit trees and shrubs at the Stroud Farmers’ Market in the spring, gives away recycled garden plants and hedging plants in exchange for a donation at different points in the year, offers a range of organic veg plants from their own or bought organic seed, grown in homemade compost and recycled pots (usually between April and June).