Join a local community orchard or a community supported agriculture initiative (CSA) and in exchange for your membership fee and a small amount of work, you can get a share of the harvest. This is a good option if you have limited time to spend growing, and can’t make a year-round commitment to managing a plot of your own.
Local community growing groups, community gardens and city farms offer another great way to learn from those around you. Go along to an event to get a flavour of the project, or drop in for a volunteer session to get stuck into growing. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you’re doing—experienced gardeners love to share their knowledge and the best way to learn is through getting your hands dirty.
Maximise the potential of your garden or whatever space you have, no matter how small, (see the resources section for inspiration), or apply for an allotment. While it’s true that there are long waiting lists in some parts of the city, there are vacant plots elsewhere. Take a look at the Council’s allotment finder to see what is available near you.