Grow your own food with Dandelion

Monika Reichelt

Today (28th April) marks the beginning of the Dandelion programmea six-month creative celebration of growing, music and community rooted in Scotland but with an international outlook, and with sustainability at its heart. 

Combining growing, science, art and music, Dandelion is an invitation the whole of Scotland to cultivate, create and share everything from ideas and stories to misshapen veg.

There are many ways you can get involved with Dandelion – from growing your own, sharing food and joining events.

Community groups can take advantage of the Harvest Grants Programme that support and celebrate local communities and organisations who are growing their own food or plan to start on their growing journey. It will fund successful applicants to ‘grow new growers’ and participate in the Dandelion Harvest weekend on September 10th and 11th.

There are two community funds available:

  • Dandelion Grants - up to £3000, open to organisations and groups working with communities in Scotland that are formally constituted, not for profit, have a bank account in the organisation’s name and are already running community food growing projects.
  • Inclusive and Inspiring Communities FundGrants of up to £2,000 are available for community groups and non-profit organisations looking to get started with growing their own food, and celebrating the results with a Harvest Festival.

The Dandelion programme also offers an opportunity to see Vertical Farms and experiments on the move throughout Scotland - each miniature vertical farm measures less than a metre and is capable of growing hundreds of tiny plants under LED bulbs. From the Borders to the Highlands to the islands, you will be able to see them this spring.

For more information about Dandellion programme, please visit their website and you can also visit Facebook page to watch their launch video telling the story of how Dandelion started.