o Over the past 15 years, Richard Clare has introduced thousands of people to the many practical benefits of Organic growing, either as volunteers or as visitors to projects he has run.

o Richard has taught courses about Organic food production to hundreds of people in the voluntary and community sector. 30 students 2005 o He wrote and delivered a Learning Programme, Organic Culture and Cultivation, accredited by the Open College Network.

o Richard was responsible for planting four acres of native woodland and a community-access orchard on the Ponderosa Open Space in inner-city Sheffield.

o Green Gym at Netherthorpe and Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre o Productive gardens at Crookesmoor Community Centre

o Co-ordinated the restoration of a walled kitchen garden over ten years.

o Soil Association Organic symbol holder for 5 years.

o Numerous workshops and projects for schools and community groups in Sheffield and the Peak District.

o Set up the Healthy Gardening Group in 1995 to provide practical support and a small grants fund to stimulate more grassroots growing projects in Sheffield.

o Introduced Sheffield to the Food Futures agenda in 1997, which led to the establishment of two Farmers’ Markets.

o Set up Sheffield Organic Food Initiative as a charity and won the Soil Association’s prestigious Organic Food Awards for Best Community initative in 2001.

o Support and advice to many community growing initiatives in Sheffield, such as the Women’s Organic Community allotment in Walkley, the Greenfingers Horticultural Therapy project in Pitsmoor and the LEAF ( Local Enterprise around Food) project in Parson Cross.

o Maintained 8 allotments in Crookes and Rivelin for the past 10 years, including three forest garden permaculture plots. Spring (March to June) - Practical Organic Cultivation – series of workshops explaining essential skills and techniques. Autumn (October to December)- Organic Culture – the social and therapeutic uses of organic growing.

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