Our Claire talks about the joys of gardening…

Unfortunately, my garden is plagued by bindweed. If you don’t know about bindweed, it is a menace! In fact, it is such a pain in the backside, I’m often prone to swearing at it! However, the need to keep it under control has resulted in some unexpected benefits. Firstly, it has given me cause to get out in the fresh air in the safe environment of my garden. Secondly, the achievement of keeping on top of it has helped me feel in control at a time of great uncertainty and upheaval. There is also the added joy of seeing things develop with the changing of the seasons.

Of course, none of the above will be news to more experienced gardeners than myself. For example, Good Housekeeping says that gardening can do wonders for your wellbeing and lists these 7 benefits:

  1. It burns a lot of calories
  2. It can lower your blood pressure
  3. It is good for your bones
  4. It can help you eat healthier
  5. It can relieve stress
  6. It can provide a source of community
  7. It can make you happier

Not everyone is as lucky as I am to have my own garden though. So, if you want to experience the numerous benefits of gardening, why not join WHISC’s Micro Greens course?

This project for women seeking employment, will provide training in order to produce Micro Greens. Micro Greens is a food producing process that you can run from home or engage with others members of your community to grow these nutritious foods for community benefit. There are opportunities for community enterprises as well. Furthermore, micro greens production in the way WHISC will teach it is a new form of food growing and one we will see a lot more of in the near future. There will therefore be a need for skilled workers in this form of food production. Lastly, but by no means less important, is the potential for many of the skills you can gain from this course to be very useful in other employment opportunities. No previous knowledge or experience is required and the course covers all the material needs for participation as well as costs towards travel and childcare should you require these.

So, if you are interested in joining the course or want to know more, please contact Lisa McLoughlin at WHISC at lisamcloughlin@whisc.org.uk or phone 0151 707 1826. Alternatively, you can contact John Smith at Urbanag at urbanag2010@gmail.com or phone 07948 372821.