Back2Earth

Local community regeneration

Children with spades The Community Kitchen Bread making Working on community gardens Preparing the kitchen garden Ruth's pruning workshop At the Great British Menu Banquet

Summary

Back To Earth Projects began life in 2004 and they still run successfully at Hackney City Farm, as a programme of environmental volunteering and green skills training projects, mainly for marginalised and disadvantaged people.


Back2Earth Projects in Tottenham, is now established as a local community regeneration and environmental charity that aims to transform people's lives in this diverse, deprived area by enabling them to engage with - and make productive use of their immediate environment. This B2E Programme of local community food projects is the first venture to actively involve local people in local regeneration, making use of the land in and around Lordship Recreation Ground in Haringey.

Based at Broadwater Farm Community Centre, Back2Earth, currently runs a pilot programme of practical, local food, health and green skills training projects designed to promote: local community cohesion; improving people's long term health, their lifestyles and living standards; their employability and their local environment.

The first pilot projects: the Community Kitchen, the Community Gardens and the Food Co-op encourage people from the many different local communities to come together around their food; to grow and produce their own food, and use their favourite recipes to focus on preparing healthy, affordable fresh meals that use sustainable, seasonal, locally grown fruit and veg. where possible.

The need for this project and the changes it will bring grows increasingly urgent, as deprivation and disadvantage in this area seriously affects health and quality of life. The Marmot Report: "Fair Society, Healthy Lives", published Feb. 2010, states: " health inequality in the UK is now so pronounced that in the wealthiest areas of London a man will have an average life expectancy of 88 years -whereas in somewhere like Tottenham it is only 71 years." - a difference of 17 years. Just locally people in Muswell Hill in West Haringey live an average of more than 8 years longer than they do in Tottenham.

We are in the Sunday Telegraph!

As well as the BBC's Inside Out programme we have just been in the Sunday Telegraph for winning a Gardening Against The Odds Award and it is online here.

Lordship Rec / Broadwater Farm Harmony Gardens
was broadcast on BBC1 (7.30pm 21st Oct)

Watch now online -> YouTube

This was a very good 'prime time' TV report about all the inspirational work and effort by Back 2 Earth and many volunteers into making such an excellent community garden in central Tottenham. Also flagging up the cafe and the Flower & Produce Show in the Rec on Sept 14th. Interviews with many of the key characters.

A must watch!

BACK2EARTH Phase 2: B2E Harmony Gardens Café is now OPEN!

Fresh, Wholesome, Healthy Food - Breakfasts, Lunches & Afternoon Tea. Monday To Friday - 8-30am to 5.30 @ The Harmony Gardens Café, Broadwater Farm Community Centre, Adams Road, N17 6HE

Come in and try our new menus (open Start Up menu here). Tell us what you would like to eat and drink. Special low rates for Back2Earth Healthy Living Members and B2E volunteers & Community Lunch Specials on Fridays.

At the Harmony Community Cafe we serve delicious, affordable, healthy, fresh, seasonal and sustainable food, also using our home grown crops and a variety of our community world recipes.

Keep fit & enjoy new volunteering opportunities in the gardens

THROUGHOUT MAY: We hold tutored Food Growing and Community Gardening sessions & workshops. Learn to grow your own healthy organic produce. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in the Harmony Gardens - join in whenever you can!

GREEN GYMS: With CTV we´ve launched a new Green Gym every Friday at Harmony Gardens between10 am and 1pm. Get fit for 2013, learning Organic Gardening & Community Food Growing and taste some of our freshly picked produce at the Harmony Gardens Café.

If you want to join any of our local community food growing, horticulture and green skills training - volunteering or mentoring on any of our sites. Please sign up and come along - but please if you can let us know at first - Ring: 8808 1829 or e-mail in advance:- mab.prospect@tiscali.co.uk or info@back2earth.org.uk Subject line WORKSHOPS.

This is a great opportunity to meet other local people - and to share your knowledge and skills.

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WE´RE ALWAYS RECYCLING: Please give us any garden tools, sundries & wood you no longer need. Bring them along (or phone and we´ll collect). We´ll use them again in our B2E Community Gardens:

pots, seed trays, jam-jars, various tools,
equipment, canes, wood, gloves, wellys,
overalls, all sizes, garden rollers, wood etc.
- all gratefully accepted. ( We really need a garden roller right now if anyone has one).

Back2Earth at Broadwater Farm Community
Centre,1 Adams Road,Tottenham, N17 6HE.
Best, green, healthy, sustainable regeneration wishes,
Martin B. and all at Back 2 Earth Projects - Tottenham