The Treewise Kitchen Garden will be a community growing and cooking project for families with young children. The idea has grown out of the work of an outdoor parent and toddler group based in a rural orchard. The group has acquired an allotment next to the orchard and the aim is to extend their activities to food growing and cooking with an emphasis on local food, wholefood and home grown produce. Training and skill sharing and play will be built into the project and include a significant amount of whole family learning however there will be creche facilities on site when parents want to work or learn.
Through this project it is envisioned that families will be able to access local produce at lower cost, gain skills in cooking with raw ingredients practice and implement low energy cooking methods, gain skills in food production, share food costs with other families and enhance their lives with greater socialisation and outdoor activity.
The project includes market research and a project plan that will enable The Treewise Kitchen Garden to be extended into the wider community by acquiring land nearer the town. It is anticipated that a members of the group will attend training to establish a larger community bread making enterprise. The project aims to be self-sustaining by providing training courses and plant and produce sales. Some interest has already been shown in providing courses for The Bridport Community Access Allotment.