RICHARD CLARE – ALLOTMENT CREDENTIALS

Started allotment in 1988. I rent two plots.
For 10 last years, helped to maintain 8 plots with friends.
Helped start and / or maintain more than 100 allotments .

1990-1992 Set up Crookes Special Allotment for disabled
1992       Initiated the Healthy Gardening Group (and Chairman for 1 year)
1994       Initiated HGG Grants. Panel member for 3 years.
1996       Stood as Allotments candidate in local elections (Netherthorpe ward) and got 87 votes.
1997       I caught an arsonist who later admitted in court to burning down 80 allotment huts as well as Council depots and schools

1998       Set up Sheffield Organic Food Initiative (SOFI) as a charity to promote Organics, Biodynamics and Permaculture.

1999       Employed as Local Food Development worker

2000       Consultant to Sheffield Univ. (WAMTEC)  and Sheffield Wildlife Trust Compost Plans.
Soil Contamination survey with Sheffield Univ Plant and Animal Sciences.

2001    Initiated the group which produced the Green Food Map of Sheffield
SOFI win Soil Association Organic Food Award - Best Community group
    Open College Network -accredited course, Organic Culture and Cultivation

2000 –2003     Ran Organic Allotment Volunteering and Training Schemes
 funded by SCEDU / Futures Fund (SRB / ERDF)

1999 – 2003 SOFI invested £20,000 public funding in allotments projects.
2002-3     Collaborated with Sally Goldsmith Allotment songs CD. She wrote the song Vegetable Love inspired by SOFI and our activities.
2002       Contributed to SCC Allotments Strategy
2003       Managed the Womens’ Organic Community Allotment

2002 - 4   Participated in THRIVE / Loughborough University research into  therapeutic horticulture.

2005       Courses for 50 students.
External supervision for Community projects


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