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Why Buy From Us?

Our urban farm provides a supportive working environment for people facing mental health challenges.

Our Mission

Growing Better is a social enterprise dedicated to better mental health through growing edible produce. We have two sites: our commercial operation is an indoor hydroponic vertical farm based in Sheepscar, just outside of Leeds city centre. We are also developing an outdoor community farm in a 3/4 acre site in West Leeds where we run regular sessions and welcome volunteers.

 

We aim to provide a supportive environment for people coping with mental health challenges – and helps prevent poor mental health. There’s lots of evidence for the benefits that growing produce can provide for better mental health. As a starting point please have a look at:

A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care (NECR204)

Green Care: A Conceptual Framework

The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing

Our clients can self-refer or be referred directly by GPs / social prescribing services; and by third sector organisations, counsellors and carer services. Please contact us to discuss how we can work together.

Our Produce

To ensure that we remain a sustainable social enterprise we sell the beautiful micro greens and shoots that we grow on our farm.

Did you know that as soon as a plant is harvested, it starts to lose its nutritional value? Within a day, a tender soft tissue plant has lost 80% of its essential oils and half of its vitamin and mineral content. Within 3 days many plants have lost most of their nutrient value. The average time from harvest to your shopping trolley at a supermarket is almost 4 and a half days!

Our produce is really FRESH – we pick and deliver within 24 hours, and really LOCAL – so there is less damage caused by loading and unloading to and from storage and vehicles. Because we grow in a controlled environment, our produce doesn’t suffer damage from insects and animals, too much heat or cold, or too little or too much rain – enabling us to provide consistently high quality produce all year round – at a consistent price.

We are part of a growing movement away from toxic agriculture. We use untreated seeds, the vast majority of which are organic. We create health benefits and employment by farming locally and with minimal use of chemicals. We say no to GMOs, glyphosate and other harmful herbicides, neonicotinoids and other pesticides, growth retardants and peat-based or artificial fertilisers

On a broader level, as urban farmers we contribute to the sustainable, local and independent food ecosystem that is developing very quickly across Yorkshire and the UK, reducing food miles, supporting micro-farming and encouraging healthy eating.

Happy friends gardening for the community on a sunny day