|Get Behind The Hive Café For National Award|
Call for borough to vote 'Growhampton' to win prestigious Soil Association award
Wandsworth’s gardeners, allotmenteers and organic food lovers are being urged to get behind the University of Roehampton Students’ Union’s Growhampton project, as it bids to win a prestigious Soil Association national award for its café.
Growhampton’s The Hive café, on the University’s campus is open to the public and has been well used by residents during the summer holiday, after being opened in May by MP Justine Greening.
Now the café, which sources its food locally and sells organically grown produce has been selected by judges as one of the top five organic eating out venues in the country. It is competing against an Islington pub, a café in Sheffield, a farm in Northern Ireland and a small chain of organic cafes in Pimlico, Notting Hill and Gloucestershire.
Growhampton’s Grower Joel Williams, pictured left, said:
Growhampton works closely with Roehampton-based social enterprise, The Feel Good Bakery, which takes the raw ingredients grown on campus, and use them to produce fresh sandwiches, which are then sold at the Hive.
Joel and the Growhampton team also run a farmers’ market every Thursday, where crops are sold to students, staff and the public outside the café, with the money raised being ploughed back into the project.
Voting is open until Tuesday 30 September, to vote for The Hive Café, visit www.soilassociation.org/organicawards and click into the organic eating out category.
Shortlisting to find the finalists for each category was undertaken by a panel of judges. This year the judges based their decisions not only on the quality of the product, but the organic story behind it. The winner will be decided by the public vote and winners will be announced at an exclusive ceremony, as part of the Soil Association’s annual conference on Wednesday 8 October.
September 19, 2014