Growing Well is a Mental Health charity, operating from a 6 acre site at Low Sizergh Farm near Kendal. We have 1250 square metres of indoor growing space, 3 yurts and other social spaces of over a 100 square metres. We grow around 15 tonnes of organic vegetables on-site each year, which are sold through a Crop Share (Vegetable Bag) scheme.
The people who work with us to grow this produce are all experiencing mental health problems. It is the process of being involved in a regular activity which provides ‘normality’ to life and supports recovery. In 2014 we received 99 referrals, 53 of which became active placements. In the past 11 years we have supported over 300 people.
We are the only charitable enterprise in the UK that combines mental health recovery work with the operation of an organic growing company. Over the past 10 years we have been recognised as a leader in the field of Care Farming. We have won several awards, including Best British Rural Enterprise in 2011.
We hold the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Enabling Environments quality mark, which is given to organisations that demonstrate they are achieving an outstanding level of best practice in creating and sustaining a positive and effective social environment.
Growing Well operates as a successful organisation, led by a highly skilled board of trustees, a long-standing and experienced staff team and with structured input from our beneficiaries at all levels of the charity.