Free Public Allotments for growing fruit and vegetables.

This will help the island become more organically stainable and also help Islanders who do not have space at home to grow their own food making it cheaper for them and reducing reliance on food carriage, reducing our carbon footprint.  
There are a lot of disused greenhouses that could be rebuilt and used for this purpose and also if the land they are on is cleared then allotments can be generated.  The landowner should be told to rent the land to the government, especially if it has been left unattended for more than 5 years.

Also, there is a field in every Parish that was donated to the poor by Jeanne de Gruchy that could be used for this purpose as she said in her Will, 

"As to the rest of my property, I leave it for the benefit of the Poor of the twelve parishes to be divided equally between the parishes, on condition that the sum received by each parish be used by the Parochial Committee for the purchase of land, and that the produce or rent of that land be employed every year to succour the necessitous Poor, my wish being that the distribution be made extraordinairement (ie not as ordinary parish relief) to the native poor of this isle who are not in receipt of relief"

but in these modern times this could translate into allotments for the general public to grow their own fruit and vegetables, or to keep bee hives on to produce honey..  The Government should encourage people to grow their own food and give free tuition on how to do so organically.

 

Why the contribution is important

It is important for the current and next generations to appreciate where our food comes from and have the knowledge to grow their own as we are an island that has historically been very successful in feeding our own community. Also to have better quality, chemical free food which will help with reducing illnesses and improving health. Finally improving our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of produce brought into the island that we can grow here organically ourselves as a community.

by KarsyMarsy on February 04, 2021 at 11:52AM

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  • Posted by Kat February 04, 2021 at 16:14

    Great idea!
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 07, 2021 at 15:28

    What an excellent idea! And with so much unused land in Jersey, it would be a great opportunity to do something positive for the environment and Islanders.

    This sounds like something that Sheena Brockie has been setting up at Maufant called the Brook Farm Community Food Wood. I think the idea is to have them in every parish. I'll send her the link to your post Karsy.
  • Posted by nataliemayer February 07, 2021 at 16:07

    This is a simple and good idea. I often wonder about all those empty green houses.
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