It’s Our World: Huddersfield University HarvestHud growing project helps Huddersfield’s hardest hit

The Students Union at the University of Huddersfield has started a volunteer project to grow food for the Welcome Centre

HarvestHud, Huddersfield University student food growing project, Storthes Hall - L to r, students Andy Thomson and Luke McFadzen, Christine Renshaw, trustee of the Welcome Centre, and Matthew Wheelton, student officer

Students are making friends with Mother Nature to help some of Huddersfield’s poorest.

The Students Union at the University of Huddersfield has started a volunteer project to grow food for the Welcome Centre.

HarvestHud, which has 24 volunteers, has begun growing fruit and vegetables in raised beds at the Storthes Hall Park student village.

And the group, which holds regular meetings, hopes to build a greenhouse and polytunnel to provide more fresh produce to the Welcome Centre.

The centre, at Lord Street Methodist Mission, provides packs of food and essentials for people in crisis.

The packs contain dried and tinned foods, but the charity hopes to provide fresh fruit and vegetables in the near future.

The projects hopes to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of providing hard-up people with healthier food.

And HarvestHud will also provide students with skills for the workplace, says Huddersfield Student Union volunteering projects coordinator, Becky Milne.

Ms Milne said: “It’s also good for your employability and good for your health and wellbeing.

“We’re trying to give people as rich an experience as possible for students while they’re at the university.”

Volunteer and graduate, Luke McFadzen, added: “I’ve found the project fun.

“You meet new people and seeing the benefits is great.

“It brings the community out and brings people together who wouldn’t otherwise be together.”

Welcome Centre trustee, Christine Renshaw, said: “We’re really overwhelmed with the generosity and effort of the students.

“It will really expand the range of stuff we can give out in our food packs.”

Last year the Welcome Centre gave out about 120 food packs per week – roughly four times more than six years ago.

According to the centre the recipients of the hand-outs were mostly local people, who had fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.

HarvestHud is appealing for seeds and other growing equipment.

If you can help email Becky: R.Milne@hud.ac.uk or call: 01484 471446.

 
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