Cultivating Change Growing


Cultivating Change aims to build communities and connect and support them. Please join the Cultivating Change Growers group and post your progress, any positive impacts and ask any queries. Below are some profiles of some of our growers and the impact gardening has had on them. Let us know if you would like to be featured?

Growers' profiles:

The Big Sky Hideaway


"My wife Emma and I are so excited to start growing a garden. We’ve been on the move for a few years, leading expeditions and running an adventurous community called TheYesTribe.


We moved into a new home in Lincolnshire at the end of 2020 and are creating a little camping and glamping site with alpacas, alongside an orchard and garden. We call it The Big Sky Hideaway. We’re novice growers but have the time, the land and the will, and thankfully the support of Cultivating Change which is making everything a bit easier.


We’d like to create an experimental garden, a place where our community can visit and find ideas, confidence and skills that they can take home with them and implement, however much space they have."


By Dave Cornthwaite


The Goodmans’ story


"As a family we love being outdoors. The garden has always been an important place for us and never more so than during the lockdown this year.


During lockdown we were able to get the whole family gardening and growing thanks to seeds kindly donated by CN Seeds. The boys loved planting, nurturing and eating what they grew; it gave them a real sense of satisfaction & achievement. They learnt lots, found a new appreciation for food and found time in the garden gave them positive headspace. 


We've spent hours in the garden since lockdown started in March and we've all felt positive benefits because of it.


On Sunday I had 2 hours in the garden and felt so much better. I feel calmer, more relaxed and much stronger after gardening"


Anna’s story


"I am a mum of four children and have always loved the idea of ‘growing our own’. Subsequently, when lockdown started we decided to make some raised beds in the garden and build a greenhouse.


We planted lots of different types of seeds from CN Seeds and looking after them became a daily activity. The children loved watering and picking the vegetables which they then made into delicious dishes for dinner.


They felt so proud that they had produced it and it definitely encouraged them to eat more veg! I noticed how happy the children were being outdoors and I am so looking forward to growing more seeds in the future!"


Gill’s story


"As a 'newbie' grower, starting last year with a garden redesign, being given seeds from Dan and Sal at CN Seeds was a lifesaver through lockdown for my husband and I.

The excitement we get from watching the seeds germinate and grow right through to being able to pick our own vegetables is indescribable – and I've discovered that we're not alone in that feeling!


We've also connected with so many new people, as well as friends, on social media in such a lovely way. They've either been inspired to grow their own by seeing what I've been doing, or are already experienced growers and happy to give advice when needed.


Who knew that from simply growing seeds; a seed of an idea – Cultivating Change would grow. The initiative has not only already helped Sal find a purpose, but will help so many people suffering from mental health issues and loneliness in a very practical way."