Sow, Grow and Share is RYA's latest project

Sow, Grow and Share is a project whereby Rotary York Ainsty provides growing kits to produce fresh food for participants in the York locale.



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Sow, Grow and Share was a project launched in 2021 whereby Rotary York Ainsty, then in partnership with Edible York, provided growing kits to produce fresh food for recipients. The 2022 kits include Beetroot, Dwarf Beans, Broad Beans andf Nasturtums.

Following the positive response to the 2021 initiative, Rotary York Ainsty (RYA) hopes that the 2022 event will continue to enthuse the community to grow vegetables in resident's own gardens. Alternatively, they could club together with neighbours to cultivate a communal garden. Spirits will be uplifted by enjoying friendship working in the open air.

RYA have made this kit as environmentally friendly as possible, consistent with being cost effective and simple to use. The peat-free, organic compost supplied in compostable bags is sourced from Brunswick Organic Nursery (Bishopthorpe). The recycled plastic tray and pots, can be reused for several seasons. 

Emma Green, Community Officer for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust at the Foxwood Community Centre, was very pleased to receive ten Rotary York Ainsty ‘Sow, Grow & Share’ kits prepared and presented by Rotarian, John Quickfall.  


Emma will be distributing the kits to JHRT residents interested in trying their hands at growing their own edibles.  Each kit contains 4 seed types (beetroot, dwarf French bean, broad bean and nasturtium) plus 5 litres of peat-free compost, pots recycled from Rotarians’ sheds. A gravel tray is included so seeds can be started on a windowsill before planting outside. 

First provided in Spring 2021, ‘Sow, Grow and Share’ kits give recipients pleasure from nurturing seedlings and ultimately tasting some fruits from their labours at the same time contributing to the environment by providing nectar for pollinating insects. 

 Note for editors
Rotary York Ainsty are encouraging people across York to grow something edible, colourful - or both - on a windowsill, in a pot or outside front or back door. Nurturing a plant from seed is great fun and its flowers will provide nectar for bees. This vegetable and flower kit is a great way to start. The compost is peat-free. The plastic pots have been recycled and can be re-used, likewise the trays. If they break put them in the plastic recycle collection. The compost bags are biodegradable, but can first be used to cover planted pots to help the seeds to germinate. All of these plants can be grown either inside or outside, but all the seeds will set off faster if they are started off on a sunny windowsill.

 Future event for younger members
Rotary York Ainsty will also be presenting ‘Sow, Grow & Share’ kits to the RotaKids Club being formed at a local primary school.  Encouraging youngsters to understand the value of fresh food and how they can grow it themselves.

Rotary York Ainsty is grateful for the assistance given by Audrey Miller of Edible York in launching this initiative.

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