Organisation and Social Purpose
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise and we hydroponically grow microgreens and other fruit and veg on our urban farm in West Leeds and sell them to some fine dining restaurants, greengrocers, and more recently to the public. We provide multiple training and volunteering opportunities to people facing mental health challenges, those living with learning disabilities, and NEET young people, as well as to a wider community. We also support other local businesses and organisations by creating partnerships that deliver more projects in the community and helps them thrive.
Growing Better was founded by Robert Moores in 2016, as a CIC growing baby leaf salads in a polytunnel in Leeds. In January 2017, the business started operating as an indoor hydroponic vertical farm in Sheepscar area of Leeds. In April 2019, we have moved to the West Leeds Activity Centre where we continue to grow microgreens using the same setup and we have now started to use our allotment which will allow us to serve even more people in need of work experience and volunteering opportunities.
During Covid-19, we are in a position to accommodate groups of up to 15 volunteers willing to help us grow food in our market garden. Space allows us to adhere to social distancing measures while providing opportunities to socialise and engage in meaningful nature-based activities. We welcome volunteers of all age groups, backgrounds, and skill levels to participate in our food growing and nature conservation activities!