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I Can Grow


Acorn Farm ‘I can grow’

Have you always wanted to grow your own food? Maybe you’re worried about increasing food prices and want to lower your carbon footprint? If so, we have an incredible opportunity for your family to participate in the Acorn Farm ‘I can grow’ Programme.

100 households across Derry and Strabane are invited to take part of a food growing project. Your family be given raised planters, compost, tools, vegetables and helping hand from trained growers over two growing seasons.

To be part of this you’ll need to commit time and energy to the project; but the rewards will be immense when you start seeing your vegetable patch flourish and are able to feed your family or friends with your own produce.

We want you to help Derry and Strabane become a thriving, sustainable region that can feed itself. Continuing to import vast amounts of food is simply unsustainable causing so much pollution and harm to our environment. Not only does growing you own food help our climate, there are lots of health benefits too. Taking time to sow seeds, nurture and eat fruit and vegetables is so good our mental and physical wellbeing and it’s easier on the pocket too.

How to get involved:

Complete the short application form

The rules:

  1. You must be over 18 years old and a resident in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.
  2. No more than one person per household may apply.
  3. This requires commitment over two growing seasons, 2021 and 2022, with mentoring from The Conservation Volunteers throughout.

This project has been made possible through the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund in partnership with The Community Foundation NI's Acorn Farm Project, The Conservation Volunteers, Derry City and Strabane District Council and University College Cork.

We’re recruiting!

We need a Senior Project Officer to manage this game changing project in the Derry City area over the next 18 months. If you or someone you know is interested in this click here for all the info and to apply.

Click here to watch Council’s Horticulturalist Johnny’s videos on how to Grow It