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 being set up. Our first four containers and 30 raised beds are in place, and we are working with volunteers 4 days a week and some evenings to develop the site. 30 more beds are on order. 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.
Our 2018 challenges were to complete the road access and get access to water and electricity. These are now done and Solar Panels, Rainwater Harvesting and Waste Water Treatment are all being installed.
Despite struggling with the very dry summer, we have grown our first crops which have been delivered to partners Shoot the Bull, and we have installed raised beds at other sites, such as Hull Minster. 2019 is seeing the introduction of more raised beds, breadmaking facilities, a hydoponics demonstration and an arts project.
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 Project which supports and drives activity to realise our vision of Hull as a Sustainable Food City.