Food growing

The Keep Growing Aberdeen Project (KGA) evaluation report sets out the evidence for the impact of food growing as a model for community food resilience and mental health toolbox during a global pandemic. It also outlines the impact of KGA as part of a broader food growing strategy. The Aberdeen City food growing strategy 2020-2026 aims to provide everyone in the City to grow their own food and promote the benefits of food growing, healthy foods, and a quality environment across the city. This supports the strategic plans of the Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP):

  • Prevention, resilience, communities and connection (AHSCP 2019-2022)
  • A Healthier Future-Scotland’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan (Scottish Government 2018)

The report presents a full and transparent account of the processes, learning, and perceived impact of the KGA project on the health and wellbeing of individuals who were shielding, self -isolating, and young families during the pandemic (lockdown). Data from interview and questionnaire show that there were positive impacts of the KGA project across several mental health indicators as shown below.

For the full report, please click on the link below:

Full report