Measuring Your Harvest
How much food do you grow on your plot? At present, there is a recognition of the important contribution to food security, healthy diets and general well-being of home grown food, but we currently have a poor understanding of how much food people are able to produce. This project will gather data from across the UK that will help to provide the vital evidence we need to support the protection and development of food growing land within our towns and cities.
The National Allotment Society is keen for as many plot-holders as possible to get involved with the exciting MY Harvest project. The researchers at Sheffield University need your help to measure the contribution that people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production. You can sign up by clicking on this MY Harvest project link and submitting records of your weekly hauls of delicious food and vegetables.
By providing the team with the area of land you use to grow a crop and the weight of the crop you harvest participants would be:
1. Contributing to a first national estimate of own-grown food production in the 21st century.
2. Helping us to understand how much allotment and garden space we need in the future to ensure sufficient access for the growing number of people in our cities and towns.