“The UK is viewed as a pioneer of social enterprise and the associated practices of social investment and social value. Government statistics identify around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing nearly a million people.”
- Social Enterprise UK: State of Social Enterprise Survey 2015
GROW LINCOLN IN BRIEF:
Grow Lincoln is a community enterprise focusing on community led food production, use and education. Our aim is to help people become more invested in the food they eat from the seeds up. We want to encourage people to be more self-sufficient and give them the skills and knowledge to take back control of their gardens and kitchens!
WHERE DO YOU WORK?
Our administration is carried out from home, but our projects are delivered in class rooms, public green spaces and donated private land.
WHAT IS YOUR BACKSTORY?
I have been an activist in the Baker's Food and Allied Workers Union on the fast food rights campaign. This highlighted the social issues around fast food, including poor treatment of employees, disregard for the environment and issues of poor health and nutrition. I then discovered the Food Sovereignty movement which call for a more socially just and environmentally sustainable food system. At a Food Sovereignty conference where I spoke about the fast food industry, I heard about Incredible Edible where food was being grown in public spaces. I later combined my interest in food and traveling and joined World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF Charity) where I volunteered on small subsistence farms in Spain in exchange for food and accommodation. I was introduced to Permaculture during this time. Permaculture is also about environmentally and socially just food systems. Since returning from WWOOFING I have been leading the Grow Lincoln initiative.
WHY WORK WITH CREATIVE REBEL CIC?
I needed support to help structure and organise Grow Lincoln, with marketing, and with funding applications. Creative Rebel CIC gives a broad spectrum of support which, since I have little experience in building a social enterprise, has been essential for our continuation.
HOW HAS CREATIVE REBEL CIC HELPED YOU?
Creative Rebel has guided me through many areas of uncertainty in a non-biased way. Being a member has also given me access to other contacts and organisations that have helped to develop and improve Grow Lincoln. In addition, they’ve helped structure and maximise our marketing and to define who we are and what we will do. Creative Rebel CIC has also given me help with funding, and will support me when making an application for funding. Grow Lincoln would not be at the stage it is now and I would not have been able to continue to lead the project without the education that Creative Rebel CIC provides.
- Jade Clarke
Founder, Grow Lincoln