Rooted in Hull is an urban agriculture project transforming a derelict dry dock near Drypool Bridge. We are using shipping containers and raised beds to create a “farm in a box”.
Our mission is to inspire local people to improve their diet by helping them learn about fresh local food, with hands-on experience. Our volunteers are a mix of local residents, ex offenders, homeless people & students.
The site is developing. Our first four containers, two polytunnels and 50 raised beds are in place, and we are working with volunteers 4 days a week and some evenings to develop the site. More beds and a container with a bread making oven are being constructed at Hull College. We have designed the project to be structurally mobile and self-sufficient. Our design approach is modular, allowing for phased development as ideas develop and funding is secured. Mobility is an essential part of the project allowing it to make the most of vacant development sites in the area as an “in the meantime” site use.
Solar Panels, Rainwater Harvesting and Waste Water Treatment are all installed and we have installed raised beds at other sites, such as Hull Minster.
We have grown our first crops which have been delivered to partners restaurants.
Rooted in Hull partners with over 30 commercial companies and organisations. Our main supporters are: Wedge Galvanizing who donated the land, Hull College whose students produce the beds and fit out the containers complete with solar power, and Hobson & Porter who have helped with materials, expertise and contacts.
We are very fortunate in having a great pool of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who build our farm and keep everything going. Some are experienced in gardening, or technical things like solar power, and share their knowledge – while others are newcomers and enjoy the friendship, sense of fulfilment and the opportunity to learn something new.
Next we hope to develop areas for: growing mushrooms, chickens, bees and also to use hydroponics.
Rooted in Hull now also hosts the Hull Food Partnership which supports and drives activity to realise our vision of Hull as a Sustainable Food City.