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We want to build a healthier city where everyone can grow their own food. Somewhere that’s full of beans. The kind of city you want to live in.  Growing food in cities makes a lot of sense – gardens, allotments, patios, rooftops and window-ledges all have the potential to provide us with an abundance of free and nutritious food. Plus food grown in urban environments can help reduce food transportation, create jobs, and strengthen communities. We all have food in common – we eat it, crave it, and dream about it. So let’s celebrate and grow it.   Sow the City is an award winning social enterprise based in Manchester. Established in 2009 with a few packets of seeds and some compost, we’re now the leading specialist food-growing company in the city.   We really believe in: Encouraging people in urban areas to grow and eat nutritious food.  Involving local people in our projects to develop stronger, more cohesive communities. Running practical horticultural and environmental training courses that provide skills and knowledge for life, learning and employment. Quality greenspace that is attractive and productive and that contributes to the long term future of the planet. Using sustainable materials to minimise the environmental impact of our projects. Teaching organic practices and permaculture and promoting the use of plant species that encourage wildlife. Researching and testing innovative technology and techniques that can be used for urban agriculture.
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Sow the City is a small but hardworking team of two, supported by a wider team of trusted specialists and contractors who bring expert advice and support for specific projects when required. Jon Ross Born and raised in Manchester, Jon knows a lot about the soil in this part of the country. Having graduated with a masters in environmental management, he began his career at WSP Environmental doing contaminated land and corporate social responsibility work. He then worked for Transport for Greater Manchester delivering projects including the Rochdale Bus Station Hydroelectric Power Scheme, the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy, and he was lead person for biodiversity for the transport authority. Jon founded Sow the City with just a few bags of compost in 2009. Since then he has steered the social enterprise into an award winning organisation. Jon is passionate about the potential for urban agriculture to improve his home town and loves to grow his own veg when he’s not helping other people do the same. Kieron McGlasson Having grown up in the Lake District under the guidance of his Dad, a landscape gardener, Kieron has always thought it normal to grow your own food. After moving to Manchester for university, Kieron spent nine years in the regeneration sector at BDP delivering high profile projects. These often centred on the community engagement and sustainability elements of a city plan or neighbourhood strategy. Kieron then worked for two years in the social enterprise sector helping to build healthier communities in Salford. Joining Sow the City in early 2014 has allowed Kieron to combine his roots, experience and personal interests with a career across the public, private and social enterprise sectors. His work combines his passions for food growing, his environmental conscience and his work in community development to create a happier and healthier city. Please click here to find out how you can volunteer or work for Sow the City.
We are proud of the work we do and the communities we work with. We have even won some awards! Northern Enterprise 2016 Health and Wellbeing Category Award Winners. Silver Show Garden award at Dig the City 2015 for our Growing Manchester “Tales from the Plot" installation. Shortlisted in the Manchester Evening News Environment Awards 2014 Environment and Health Project category. Highly commended in the Social Enterprise North West Awards 2013 Environmental Excellence category. Please click here to download our Sow the City brochure.
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