Garden Organic

Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years. We are dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. We have over 20,000 members and 1,000 volunteers.

Organic gardening offers great benefits for human health and wellbeing, the environment, food security and building stronger communities. Garden Organic works to enable and support people to get involved in organic growing, through research, education, demonstration gardens and practical projects, and through lobbying and campaigning. The organisation is home to the Heritage Seed Library (HSL), a unique living collection of over 800 endangered vegetable varieties, safeguarded from extinction and shared with growers nationwide.

Their outreach work includes a unique education programme, working with schools to help young people learn about organic growing, healthy eating and the environment; their Sowing New Seeds project, bringing communities together through sharing and growing exotic crops; and their Master Composter and Master Gardener programmes, engaging expert volunteers to mentor and support novice growers. Garden Organic’s work extends right across the UK, using organic food growing to bring about positive change.

Garden Organic’s current work with housing associations includes:

  • Empowerment: skills, knowledge and materials to develop and share a communal food growing garden which in turn encourages upkeep of individual properties, personal development and employability
  • Healthier residents: improvement in wider determinants of health helping to tackle obesity, build community cohesion, and reduce social isolation.
  • Financial Inclusion: support for individuals who have used a foodbank empowering them to make behavioural changes leading to a healthier lifestyle, new skills and greater community engagement.
  • Sustainable Waste: stimulate more sustainable living amongst residents across a regional network of homes with a reduction of waste going to landfill

Visit the Garden Organic website to find out more about their work.