Newsome food survey

About the survey
In 2009 a food growing survey was conducted in Newsome by Information by Design (IbyD), an independent research company, in partnership with Newsome Ward Community Forum. The key objectives were to find out how many Newsome residents currently grow some of their own food, to measure the demand for food growing in the Newsome area, and to understand the barriers to growing your own food amongst residents.

 

Survey results
The ‘Grow your own food in Newsome’ survey has some very positive results:

486 people took part in the food growing survey.
28% of people who took part already grow some of their own food.
55% of people who don’t grow any food at all said that they would like to.
33% of people who want to grow would like an allotment near to their home.
53% said that they would be willing to do something to help other people.
36% said they would like to get together with other local growers.
274 people (56% of all respondents) want to receive further information.

Of those who already grow some of their food, 76% use their home gardens, 13% use an allotment and 11% grow somewhere else (including: in tubs or window boxes, in a greenhouse, at a school or in someone else’s garden).

Those who want to grow their own food are most likely to be young women (73% of women aged under 35 want to grow food) or men aged 35 to 64 (of which, 60.5% want to grow food). Men are more likely to want to grow on an allotment, and women are more likely to want to grow in their home garden.

The results show how keen Newsome residents are on food growing, and how willing local people are to help each other. Over half of the people we talked to said that they would do something to help other people in Newsome to grow their own food.

The results also show that having somewhere to grow food and finding out how to grow food are the key issues that Newsome residents need help with:

48% of people said that “An allotment near where they lived” would help them (a little or a lot) to grow their own food.
62 people who aren’t currently growing any food at all said that they would like an allotment near to their home.
29% of people said they had nowhere to grow food.
48% of people said that “Learning to grow with others” would help them (a little or a lot) to grow their own food.

77 people said that lack of knowledge was a barrier to food growing.

The availability of land and skills are the main barriers to food growing in Newsome. The results show that residents would like more land in Newsome to be made available for food growing. For example:

68% of people want the land at Hart Street to be used for food growing.

 

What happens next?
Newsome Ward Community Forum have set up a new food growing group, called ‘Growing Newsome’, to help residents with growing their own food.

Growing Newsome will respond to the food survey results by:

  • Providing ways for local growers to get together.
  • Sharing information and advice about food growing.
  • Working with Kirklees College to provide learning activities.
  • Working with Newsome Ward Timebanking to encourage people to share their skills and find new ways for us to help each other with food growing.
  • Working with Kirklees Council to improve allotment sites in Newsome.
  • Campaigning for more land to be made available for food growing.

Download the full survey report:
Grow Your Own Food in Newsome Survey Report (pdf)

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