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The second recipient of our charity donations are Rooted in Hull. An urban box farm community project situated by the riverside down St Peter’s St on the edge of the city centre.
The organisation uses raised beds to grow food and herbs, with shipping containers hosting a kitchen selling homemade soup and hot butties; a bakery knocking out pizzas; a farm shop stocked with local produce such as honey, jams and chutneys, Hull roasted coffees, eco cleaning products from Hull’s Bio-D, and organic veg sourced in Yorkshire and elsewhere in England.
Ecology and sustainable practices are at the heart of the charity as rainwater is harvested from the Royal Mail’s roof next door; wastewater from the kitchen is recycled through a mini reedbed system, and a waterless (and ouderless!) composting toilet sits nicely on the site too.
The site also has a gallery space showing off work from local artists; an apiary, worm farm and giant bug hotel, not to mention the stage for bands and other acts to perform on at the warm, funky and friendly events hosted in front of a lovely chillout area to sit and enjoy, eat, read, chat or relax and watch the world go by.
Pop along and see for yourselves why it’s often referred too as a little oasis. Rooted in Hull