A Growing Health Tool Kit. A community food grower’s guide to working with the health service

Margi Lennartsson Turner, Sarah Williams, Ulrich Schmutz

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Abstract

Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing. Why grow food for health? The health, wellbeing and social benefits of gardening, horticulture therapy and food growing are becoming better established and documented. Across the UK there are many growing initiatives used by different groups to provide opportunities for exercise, to address physical and mental health issues, encourage social interaction and develop skills, while also providing access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables. The people involved include those with mental health problems and physical impairments, people with long term conditions, learning difficulties or in recovery and rehabilitation. Increasingly health and social service providers are getting involved in such food growing projects, as they start to recognise their potential to benefit people's health and well-being. Growing Health encompasses all forms of community food growing in both urban and rural settings.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGarden Organic and Sustain
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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    Lennartsson Turner, M., Williams, S., & Schmutz, U. (2016). A Growing Health Tool Kit. A community food grower’s guide to working with the health service. Garden Organic and Sustain.