Calling Girton Growers! ‘Grow a Row’ for Cambridge Emergency Food Hubs


Cambridge Sustainable Food are looking for local growers to help support the city’s emergency food programme, by planting extra crops and donating surplus fruit, veg and herbs towards one of the 8 Community Food Hubs that are being co-ordinated in partnership with Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance throughout the city.

“As more people than ever have discovered during the pandemic, growing your own fruit and veg is fantastic; it’s exciting to see your germinating seeds pop up, and look after them until it’s time to harvest the delicious and healthy produce – and great for dealing with lockdown stress. Whether you are already a gardener, or planning to start this year for the first time, we’d love to hear from you if you would like to “Grow a Row” extra to share with the community.

Last summer we asked growers to “Grow a Row” and support the local emergency food response to combat the growing food poverty during Covid-19. Growers new and old from all over Cambridge planted and donated extra crops to support those in need. It was an inspiring community effort with allotments designating plots to provide donations throughout the season, streets setting up community growing schemes to grow and donate fruit and veg to their nearest Community Food Hub, and even individuals cycling with 17 kgs worth of pumpkin in tow! In total, “Grow a Row” saw nearly 2 tonnes of fresh produce grown and donated by individuals, families and small community projects – see for yourself some of the amazing produce in our blog post!

We are asking the community once again to grow and share to help support the local Cambridge community. We welcome all donations of fresh fruit, veg and herbs to help keep our services running, and support those struggling to access food.

If you could “Grow a Row” extra, get your street involved in growing together, or if you find you have a glut on your hands that you would like to donate, please contact

You don’t have to be an experienced grower to help out – we welcome growers old and new! So even if you want to try growing some herbs on your windowsill, please get in touch!”

If you are new to growing and looking for some tips on how and what to grow, check out the resource page, including links on how to grow with limited space and resources to school growing. GROW A ROW RESOURCES