Well that's the end of another successful ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’ 12-week course held at our Growing Together sites in Rochford and Thundersley.
At Trust Links we have four Growing Together community gardens across South Essex, and members work hard all year round to sow, grow and nurture the plants and vegetables. Thanks to some additional funding from the Castlepoint and Rochford Public Health, we were able to teach members how to produce healthy and cheap meals from simple vegetables grown within their community gardens.
With the cost of living on the rise, and cheap, easily accessible food containing such high levels of sugar, fats and artificial additives, eating nutritional and mood boosting food is vital to not just physical but mental health too. At Trust Links, we promote the benefits of healthy eating to all our members who enjoyed utilising the vegetables they grew, and learning how to turn them into cheap, nutritious meals.
Course facilitator, Anna Ostler said "a good diet can help to boost your mood, give you more energy, and help you to think more clearly, and this course was aimed at helping people to understand the benefits of healthy eating, as well as giving them the practical skills to be able to prepare food from scratch at home. Overall we had 19 attendees who all supported each other to get the most out of the sessions.”
Alison Ayres, 57, attended the course and told us "I’ve learnt how to cook soup and will do it again at home which will save money. I feel more confident in the kitchen and really enjoy cooking.” She continued "everyone here is so friendly, it’s been nice to learn about the different foods and help each other if someone gets stuck.”
For more information about this, or the courses we run, call 01702 213134.