- Edible Open Gardens - open your community garden to public visitors on Saturday 16th July - details on the Events page.
- Come to an Edible York event – Good for people who: are inspired by hearing other people’s stories; want to experience the breadth of edible activity in York first-hand. You can see what’s going on at our events page.
- Join in with an existing community garden - Good for people who: want to get their hands dirty but don’t have lots of time; want to get to know their neighbours better; want to get involved with a project that provides instant gratification and proves that the world can be a better place! What to do: look at our Community Growing page and Edible Map to find a project near you.
- Plant some pots on your windowsill -Good for people who: don’t have much space or time, but want to feel closer to the food they eat. What to do: Start with herbs, salad, edible flowers like marigold or nasturtium (flavour & colour!), or pop seed potatoes in a bag for life, filled with nutritious soil, and watch them grow!
- Support your local school to grow –Good for people who: have or enjoy being with children, sociable types. See the York Edible Schools page for ideas and contact information. Schools always welcome committed volunteers who want to bring education to life (and often struggle to maintain and water veg beds over the summer holidays)!
- Become a member of Edible York – being a member of Edible York shows your commitment to our cause! Membership is free, and gives you a voice to shape the organisation. See our members page for the application bumpf. We also have 'friends of' groups - one for Barbican Beds, another for Guildhall ward Beds and lastly for Abundance in Holgate.
- Volunteer for Abundance – ladders! Apples! Extendable pickers! Firm thighs from cycling trailer loads of unwanted fruit to hungry mouths! A fab, fun and friendly way to show your support for our local food future. See our Abundance page for more info. The harvest is expanding - nearly £5,000 raised through Spacehive crowdfunding.
- Become a Trustee! - Good for people who love: shaping a vision, planning, seeing a dream become a reality, finding innovative ways to fund projects, working in a team, bean counting, communicating effectively, making things work seamlessly. What you need to do: contact us or visit us at one of our volunteer sessions (see Public Veg Beds or Events) to have a chat.
- Create your own community garden -Good for people who: want to get their hands dirty; want to create a local space for people to get together; like growing things; are annoyed by a corner of your neighbourhood which is underused; can commit some time to organise people and get things going for the first year – consistency is important at the start of a project. What to do: look at the Community Growing page for inspiration; find a spot of land – and who owns it; contact us to chat about things like licensing / insurance / inspiring your neighbours.
- Dream up your own Edible project – everyone has ideas about how our food system could be improved…. From collecting up the coffee grains from local cafes for community compost, to floating veg beds on the Ouse, the possibilities are endless. Do you have an edible dream? Our edible community could help to make it a reality – come to an Edible York get together, get in touch via email or social media. We’d love to hear your ideas.
At Edible York, we’re working with the community to provide every local and organic food growing opportunity available. This also includes highlighting and pointing out areas where wild produce is already ripe for picking and areas which are ideal for foraging for delicious natural treats.
There is a world of goodness outside your home and with a simple look at our Edible Map; you’ll soon see the vast array of naturally growing wild produce just waiting to be enjoyed. In addition to mapping out all the public food growing space that are known of across the York area, Abundance, York’s urban harvesting group is also hoping to collect details of private fruit and vegetable sources. The map itself shows only publicly available areas.
Across York, the Edible Map highlights a vast array of wild fruit trees, ready for their fruit to be harvested and enjoyed, without a polythene bag in sight. From sweet chestnuts to wild apples and damsons to blackberries, the fruit available across York may surprise some people, who weren’t previously aware of the extent of wild, natural produce available. The Edible Map is collated by members of the Edible York team but also accepts submissions from readers who have spotted something interesting.
As well as fruit trees and bushes, plucky foragers have spotted many naturally occurring herbs and spices amongst the hedgerows of the area. The map shows sites growing of garlic mustard, horseradish and even edible roses. With the vast array of natural produce growing, our work at Edible York can only serve to help the community build up from this great starting point and further develop the sustainable food sources in the area.