Businesses are being invited to take part in a ‘grow your own’ competition to encourage more businesses to use available space (indoor and outdoor) to grow produce that they can eat, use or sell.
The 2011 'Grow It!’ competition for businesses was launched at Temptation Cafe in Gardner Street on 5th April.
Last year, almost 30 businesses across Brighton & Hove signed up to the inaugural year of the competition, including hotels, pubs, cafes and even the local bus company! A huge range of creative and recycled containers was seen and veg growing in unusual urban spaces around the city, inspiring others to give it a ‘grow’. Temptation Cafe, one of the winners of 2010’s competition, was even filmed with other Brighton vegetable growers for the final episode of the ‘Great British Food Revival’ series which was on BBC2 on 31st March at 8pm.
This competition is a great way for businesses to attract new customers, show their support for local food and food growing, and maybe even save a few pennies in the process! The best displays will be announced during the Food Festival in September.
Businesses of any kind can participate: Bars could grow mint for their cocktails, pubs and cafes could try herbs, salads or tomatoes for their meals, shops could stock plug plants or gardening tools. Even workplaces are encouraged to join in and share the harvest amongst employees who help with the growing on a windowsill or roof garden.
“We can’t wait to see businesses around the city taking part in this competition – from the Laines to the Downs we could have buildings brimming with edible plants! It’s a great way to celebrate the unique and independent spirit of our city and show the growing interest in local food and growing your own.” said Jess Crocker, Manager of the Harvest project at the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.
"After the success of Grow It in 2010, we're expecting great things from Brighton & Hove's businesses this year. It was amazing to see all the different produce that was grown in some of the most unusual places" said Nick Mosley, MD, Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival.
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