Growing Futures

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Current Courses

Growing Futures Learner Enterprises Programme

A learner led initiative designed to encourage and engage learners to participate in social-enterprise opportunities around economic growth, health, community, gardening and the environment. The Project gives learners an opportunity to learn and experience gardening, from planting seeds, maintaining, growing and harvesting them to cooking and distributing the produce. Participants will plan gardens and grow fresh produce on an urban agricultural site, developing business/marketing, planning, research and decision making skills, to set up Learner Enterprises.

Growing Futures Schools Programme

The aim of the project is to engage young people 14-19 who are or have previously been unable to cope in school or other mainstream settings to gain accreditations (Functional Skills, Maths and English level 1-3) and work skills, supporting participants with alternative education packages, advice on future pathways, and employability skills, whilst cultivating a lifelong appreciation and awareness of the natural environment, enhancing their physical, social and emotional well-being, reinforcing and building confidence and self-esteem, which has been specially designed for growing futures.

Growing Futures Mentor Programme

Designed to deliver long term 1-2-1 mentoring relationships to young people 16-25 who are at risk of offending, or of being not in education, employment or training (NEET). The project is based around a full time mentor who will see young people around once a week to listen, plan, overcome barriers and find encouragement, whilst offering bespoke new, exciting and challenging activities.

Growing Futures Horticultural Therapy Programme

Serves seniors and people with disabilities in the community. The goals of the program are to increase motor, cognitive and psychological functions. This program creates social and intergenerational gardening activities and increases nutrition of participants through daily access to fresh organic produce. The program also empowers seniors and people with disabilities through experiencing the pride of successful gardening and working with others in the community to produce beautiful and bountiful gardens. Garden classes and activities include: garden planning, soil preparation, propagation, transplanting, container gardening and growing organic vegetable and flower starts for the home and market. Learners also participate in activities using plant material in cooking, artistic displays and crafts. Seniors and individuals with disabilities may experience improvements in several different areas through the Horticultural Therapy Program:

Calendar 2015

Spring (Feb - May)

Autumn (Aug - Nov)

Garden Planning and Design - Vegetable or Landscape
Seeding and Transplanting for the Garden
Container Planting - Propagating
All About Apples
Applesauce and Apple Salsa Making
Dried Apple Slice Garlands
Harvest Festivals
Dried Hanging Leaf Mobile
Honeybee Studies
Hand-dipped Candles

Summer (May - August)

Winter (Nov - Feb)

Fresh Garden Salsa and Lemonade Party
The Many Ways to Make Fresh Pesto
Using Every Bit of the Plant: Dips and Spreads
Flower/Leaf Pressing Part 1
Flower/Leaf Pressing Part 2: Bookmarks or Photos
Harvesting and Drying Herbs
Potpourri Making
Wreath Decorating
Lip Balms and Salves from fresh Beeswax
Gifts from the Garden - bath salts, teas and tinctures
Seed Legacy
Chocolate Making

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