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About Capital Growth Food Growing
Funding was granted in March 2010 from Capital Growth, to carry out a food-growing project on campus.
The project launched mid-April 2010 with 30 staff volunteers working on 5 roof locations. The first planting out day took place on 13 May. The enthusiastic, dedicated teams organised their own watering and weeding rotas and have welcomed new people interested in joining the project. There are over 45 volunteers now involved in the project
Crops are planted in a variety of builders bags, and reused desk-side bins; underlining LSE’s commitment to reuse. Compost has been sourced from a local food waste composting project, and all the gardening is undertaken organically.
The Sustainability Team manage the equipment and resources for the volunteers. The Team have also organised training sessions on permaculture and guerrilla gardening.
Crops grown include basil, beans, borage, calendula, carrots, chard, chives, cucumbers, French beans, marigolds, mint, nasturtiums, sugarsnap peas, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rocket, sunflowers, thyme, tomatoes
"All our salad vegetables grew very well and were sizeable when we 'harvested' - bigger, than one would find in a supermarket."
"I was very proud to tell everyone I had eaten "office-grown" organic lettuce and chard, which tasted great!"
"I've just picked a few mange tout (delicious and growing very decoratively up the drain pipe!) and also some borage flowers, which are a beautiful blue and taste lovely in salads and some of the peppery rocket and luscious lettuce."
"More and more people are getting interested. I’ve even been stopped around school with people asking what’s happening on the roof gardens. Its great fun!"
The project has created a sense of what is possible within a university. It’s allowed people to see the campus as a place where they can relax and be themselves, learn new skills and engage with people from across the school.
You can follow the project on Twitter - https://twitter.com/LSEgardens - which includes images of the gardens.