All things Food

How can we increase local food production and move towards a more resilient and sustainable food supply? Currently it takes over 15 calories of fossil fuels to produce 1 calorie of food!

A Community Chicken coop has been set up by a group of people at the back of the Station Pub car park where spare eggs are on sale via an honesty box.

Our Pop Up Cafe serves fresh coffee and snacks at the monthly Wivenhoe Farmers' Market offering shoppers  a chance to sit down with a drink and sample some of the products on offer on the stalls.

TTW have an allotment where volunteers can learn together how to grow food sustainably, using a permaculture approach.

TTW helped Bennison Farm to set up a new Community Supported Agriculture scheme. Members receive a weekly share of the veg harvest. 

TTW volunteers helped Broomgrove school develop their vegetable patches in 2010 and gave some support to the football club temporary allotments project.

The Station Community Garden began in 2010 when Off The Rails got the ok from Network Rail and Wendy Station Puss (RIP). Volunteers grow a range of organic fruit, veg, herbs and flowers to demonstrate how productive a small space can be.  Harvests are often shared with passers by, commuters and station staff.

Communal jam making has taken place to make use of wild fruit harvests. We have a 12L Vigo fruit press available for local use, bought with Grassroots funding.

TTW were asked by the town council to help create a new Wildlife Garden. Volunteers worked hard during 2012/13 to transform a scrubby patch of land into a small wildlife haven next to the King George V field, behind the town council office. 

Other ideas
How about growing food in other community spaces, what about starting a community fruit and nut orchard? Or, what about a local garden share scheme to match people with unused garden space with those wanting to grow food but with no space?

To get involved email hello-food[at] or come along to a monthly food group meeting - see calendar for dates.