Broadway Broccoli and the Veg Box Scheme
February 2020 update: Text and images courtesy of Christine Birkett
Muddy Boots has acquired an allotment on a secure site in Burton half a mile from the garden behind MIND. The plot secretary, Brian, has been endlessly helpful, finding us a huge water container as a gift and the help of two established gardeners to keep it filled for us.
He has also introduced us to parish councillors who are going to use a poly-tunnel on the end of our allotment to engage their team in raising all the plants necessary for planting out to make the parish of Branston beautiful. Pat and her team are buying plug plants from our organic gardening expert, Jim, who is also giving lots of advice!
Jim is organising the Muddy team to get the allotment into shape, rotavating and raking; we have already planted onions and garlic and there are kale and cabbage plants being raised in our greenhouse ready for planting out in February. Nick has done a great job of keeping the plot weed free.
As the allotment grows our own vegetables and fruit, we will be using the crops to add to our veg boxes, but in the meantime, Jim is supplying us with beautiful, organic, locally grown produce, most of which he has raised himself.
We have started with 26 veg box customers at the moment, the boxes contain a wonderful range of leaf and root vegetables and fruit and come in £15 and £10 sizes. They are great value and can be ordered on-line from http://www.broadwaybroccoli.co/our-pricing/ or via the Muddy Boots Gardening Project Facebook page.
There is an option to donate a box as a gift. It is a welcome challenge to use all the veg in a box creatively – especially unfamiliar ones – have a look at our Facebook page to see the amazing range of things that gardener Liz made with one £10 box. A Muddy Recipe Book next?
We hope to be taking the veg box scheme to the next level soon, packing and delivering our own boxes to increasing numbers of customers. Watch this space!!
Broadway SocEnt in Burton on Trent, UK has just launched a new service for the supply of garden fresh vegetables. – November 2019: Update
You can order a single box, or subscribe monthly for a weekly delivery…enjoying a discounted rate in exchange for your continued generous support.
You can also donate your box delivery to the residents that Broadway support in their community, rather than accept the delivery yourself.
A great way to support community members identified as benefiting from the box-drop service.
So that you can add value to the lives of our residents, even if you are in Nova Scotia. (Brilliant…Ed)