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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and meditation teacher living in Frome, Somerset
Published September 27th 2021
Feed the community and your soul
Root Connections is a beautiful charity based near Radstock in Stratton-on-the Fosse.

They have a market garden which offers veg boxes to the community, as well as cut flowers and regular market stalls also offering their wares.

This is just the outward productivity of the site though because the real work is being done with the individuals who are coming together to make the project possible.

Cut Flowers, Dahlias, Root Connections
Cut flowers, ready for market

The project here involves the residents of the Dairy House, a rural homeless shelter where support is given to those struggling with addiction and circumstances. The residents help out in the market garden with all sorts of tasks and over twelve weeks, find themselves back on a path to recovery.

Flower patch, root connections
Flower Patch

The flowers are sold on a subscription or one-off basis and are very popular during the growing season. As we get into October, the fresh flowers will be less available and more emphasis placed on dried flowers and wreaths.

Flowers, Perennials, Root Connections
Flowers and Perennials

The charity also provides space for those with learning difficulties to get horticultural therapy on the site with their support workers.

Polytunnels, Root Connections

On Tuesdays, they have a land day which at the moment is also including a City & Guilds diploma course, so that volunteers and residents alike can gain a qualification while working on the land.

Veg Beds, Polytunnels, Root Connections
Veg beds

As you can see, the set-up here is already quite well developed but they are extending up the field beyond where they already have polytunnels for winter growing and plants that like it a bit hotter.

Veg beds, netting, no-nails, supports
Netted beds and bean supports

The bean supports in the background here were put together by a former resident with no training who figured out a way to get the supports to fit without any nails or connecting material. It is self-supporting and not only that was made entirely from Willow grown onsite.

Kale and Cavolo Nero

We have been volunteering on Friday mornings and it has been a real treat for us. We even helped out on their market stall one week when the regular person was not available.

Root Connections, Market, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Veg, Flowers
Market at the Cheese & Grain, Frome
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Why? Support a wonderful charity
When: Land Days on Tuesday and Friday mornings
Phone: 07891 298360
Cost: Free, Veg Boxes are 15, Flowers Vary
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What a wonderful place, a real display of the good in people. Well done to yourselves an all the volunteers.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9635) 320 days ago
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