Grow Wakefield started off in 2010 as a small community group in Horbury but has since grown into a hugely successful, district wide, social enterprise with a social mission “to develop innovative local food initiatives that help as many people as possible to enjoy the many benefits that come from learning to grow your own food.”
From 2012 onwards we were called Incredible Edible Wakefield but in April 2021 we changed our name to Grow Wakefield to differentiate ourselves from other Incredible Edible projects across the Country.
We work with individuals, community groups, schools, businesses, housing associations and public bodies across the district to inspire and support local communities in transforming overgrown and under used pieces of land into attractive, edible community gardens and mini allotment plots.
We achieve this via a small number of paid workers obtaining commissions and funding to run sessions which bring together groups of local people looking for the opportunity to grow their own food, learn new skills and willing to volunteer their time to create new community growing spaces.
We have now established 12 community allotment gardens across the district, each with a group of plot holders who we then support in running their own edible gardening clubs.
As this network has grown so have the opportunities to help more individuals and organisations establish a variety of other local initiatives so we now have community orchards, schools networks, and “Sheds” woodworking groups which also come under the Grow Wakefield banner.