Bridge Community Farm in Ellesmere Port tackles food poverty through holiday clubs

Video report by Tasha Kacheri

A community farm in Ellesmere Port is helping families tackle food poverty.

Bridge Community Farms has created a Wellies to Bellies club that they host each year during the Easter school holidays.

The club shows families how to grow their own food and use it in home cooked recipes in a bid to tackle food poverty and food insecurity.

It's engaging young children from the whole process of growing a seed and bringing that seed on right the way through to harvesting it and making their own food in our cafe.

Clair Johnson, General Manager of Bridge Community Farm
Retired volunteers built the new Hydroponics Unit from scratch to house all the micro greens. Credit: Bridge comminity farm

The children grow food in interesting ways, and in whatever they can find around the house, then use it to cook delicious and nutritious meals.

The farm even has a new £25,000 Hydroponics Unit paid for by The Earl of Chester's Fund, a charity set up by the Prince of Wales and named after Prince Charles’ title in Chester.

Most of the children who attend this holiday club are qualify for free school meals. Credit: Bridge community farm

The unit helps the children learn how to grow micro greens without soil - they will then use the greens in their salads.

It's important because they have to think about the whole process. What goes in my food, how do I grow my food, ow I'm going to eat it?

Clair Johnson

Nearly 230,000 children in the North West qualified for free school meals from 2019 to 2020. During the pandemic it is thought that number risen even further.

It’s hoped that teaching kids how to grow their own food can help them feed themselves while reducing the worry of where their next meal is coming from.

Chris is an assistant grower at the farm. Credit: Bridge community farm

The Farm also provides support for those with mental health and life-long learning difficulties as well as work experience for young people and the long-term unemployed which means they are always fundraising so that it can keep offering these services.