Sowing New Seeds - Evaluation
Headlines Findings of Coventry University Evaluation
In 2013 and 2012, the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (CAFS) at Coventry University carried out evaluations of Garden Organic's work for the Sowing New Seeds project. The purpose of this was to evaluate the impact of the project particularly on some of the social, cultural and health issues. Evaluation was carried out through questionnaires and focus group workshops.
Here are some headlines from the report.
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As we hoped, SNS had a significant impact on people’s knowledge of growing exotic crops and therefore their choice of what to grow in the future.
- 96% of respondents reported an increase in growing exotic crops
“Planted haloon in August, tried white maize for the first time” “Learnt how to propagate thyme and lemongrass ”
A wide range of cultures took part in the project, 47% from ethnic minority groups. Overall, 29 different nationalities were represented.
SNS acted as a vehicle for bringing communities together that may not have otherwise met. It did this through providing a common talking point: food, something that is integral to all cultures.
* 74% of people who took part said that it had improved their understanding of other cultures.
“Workshops introduced me to Bangladeshis and Zimbabweans.”
“I think if we sat down and said, ‘everybody from different parts of the community come together; sit together and make friends’ it wouldn’t work, but we’ve got something else to be doing and something to focus on… I love talking to people about the things they are growing, what they are eating and things like that”
Health and life satisfaction
Many of the improvements to health and well-being are complicated and interconnected, so are not easy to quantify. As a general indicator it was found that: * 50% of participants felt that their life satisfaction has increased since participating in the SNS project Most of these benefits to well-being were brought about through the social impact of the project:
“Feel more connected to other nationalities and have more food and gardening knowledge” “Growing is a great therapy and stress reliever”