Grow Cook Build Own

Grow Cook Build Own was our 2017-2018 project which taught the local community to build their own raised beds, grow their own produce, and cook using leftovers and seasonally grown produce. This was achieved through hosting mentoring sessions and monthly events in Peebles.

The project also involved weekly growing sessions at Kingsland Primary School, with their Primary 1 and 2 classes and the nursery classes, helping the children and the teachers learn more about eating and growing local seasonal produce.

The Compost Me Program, was an educational program helping the new garden ‘growers’ make their own compost to use in their new raised beds, which featured monthly sessions at the community garden, for all the community to come along to.

The growing mentor sessions were hugely successful, with the majority of participants keeping their raised beds after the year had been completed. 27.2 tonnes of carbon emissions were saved throughout this project, which supported people to grow their own food, and reduce their food waste.

For Hilary's recipe books please view the pdf files below



A big thank you to our funders the Climate Challenge Fund for helping us to make this happen!

Some quotes from our participants on our cooking sessions:

“Hilary has given us so many ideas to do at home which we really appreciate. Thank you, Hilary!”


“We have tried a much greater variety of foods especially vegetables since attending the class. Orla is much more keen to try new things in a group with other children trying too. I have involved her with cooking at home now as she asks to help which she never did before the class”


“Finley is enthusiastic about cooking at home and has tried lots of different foods. I feel much more confident cooking with the children and have been inspired to try some different recipes.”

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