Grow Food - Without A Garden!

by Vertical Veg
Match Funding £3,000

About the project


Tipping Point £3,000
Fantastic fact sheets £6,000
Train the trainer materials and resources £9,000
Train the trainer video training £12,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
With the movement of people to cities, an ever-larger proportion of the world’s population no longer have land to grow on. Urban people have become disconnected from their food supply and food growing skills are being forgotten. Without land, people are unable to grow food in the traditional way, or to enjoy the health benefits – and sheer joy – of growing food, or the well documented social and environmental benefits it offers.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The issue is worldwide, to give examples from the UK where I live: 35% = the increase in the number of UK households without gardens since 1995 (DOE Report, 2009) 1 in 3 = the approximate number of households that do not have a garden in London (estimate based on DOE Report 2009 and GLA ‘Focus on London’, 2011) . 68% = the proportion of supermarket salad in bags that is wasted (Tesco, 2013) 5.4 million = the number of tonnes of waste food that go to landfill each year (Hogg, D, Dealing with Food Waste in the UK, 2007)
What is your solution?
You don’t need a garden to grow your own. Anyone with a small outdoor space with a little sun– whether a balcony, patio, or a few window sills - can grow a substantial proportion of their fresh food in containers. It’s possible to be self sufficient in herbs and salad – and significant proportion of all fruit and veg needs – in even the smallest space. Growing your own dramatically reduces waste (as you only pick what you need), and other food waste like tea bags and coffee grounds can be recycled in a wormery to create a powerful fertiliser. Growing at home in containers offers all the well documented health and community benefits of food growing… but with the added bonus that it is quite literally on your doorstep.
How will you deliver this?
Through the Vertical Veg Club and the Art of Growing in Small Spaces course, Vertical Veg is supporting the development of a network of informed and experienced container growers and aims to give them the tools and confidence to inform and train others. Vertical Veg aims to be financially self sustaining through club membership fees, the Art of Growing Course, and consultancy work. In the short term, your support is urgently needed to help fund the costs while the club membership is established.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Share this link with a friend (or two).
  • 5 minutes
    If you’re already growing in containers in a small urban space, email an image of your growing for sharing on the Vertical Veg Facebook Page.
  • 15 minutes
    Explore the Vertical Veg website – check out the blog and tips for starting out and for creating an abundant container garden!
  • 30 minutes
    Buy some dried peas and grow some pea shoots! Step by step instructions here:
  • A few hours
    Join the Art of Growing in Small Spaces Course and learn how to create a productive and beautiful container garden.
  • Regular time commitment
    Start your own container garden – and share your learning with the Vertical Veg community and your friends and neighbours!

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Our track record

Vertical Veg has been inspiring and supporting container growing since 2010. Mark has demonstrated how much it’s possible to grow in containers on a balcony in London (£900 in a year) and a concrete yard in Newcastle (£500 in six months). Over 80,000 people visited the Vertical Veg website in 2013, and the Facebook Page (liked by 80,000+) regularly shares images of container gardens that were inspired by Mark and informed by his monthly tips. Mark has run container growing workshops for over 500 people, online training for hundreds more, and regularly speaks at national events. Mark’s work has been featured on national television (ITV, BBC London), in national papers and urban growing books in the UK, Canada, Japan and Austria.