If you grow it, use it!

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A lot of time, effort and love go into managing an allotment, so if you’ve made a special effort to grow your own veg, make sure you enjoy eating it too!

The Conservation Volunteers work with a number of community groups to conserve green spaces for public enjoyment across the UK. One such project was being run with Carew Women's Centre in East Belfast, where the group would meet once a fortnight to grow and maintain fruit and vegetables in a community garden.

Project Manager, Helen Tomb, recognised that whilst volunteers enjoyed growing the produce, they were a little less certain on how to use them. She asked Love Food Hate Waste to come along and provide the group with advice on how they could make the most of this produce and save money in their homes.

The sessions sparked off a big discussion, with many of the participants agreeing that while they were good planners, they struggled with portion sizes. Many members lived alone, so we offered them solutions and tips tailored to them.

“I love taking fresh produce home from the garden, but often we don't use it right away. I got lots of good tips on how to store these better to help them last much longer and save them from the bin”
Pamela, Community Gardener

The session ended with ideas of what to do with unavoidable food waste, such as composting and recycling, with lots of tips being shared.

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