Help to log the homegrown harvest

Help to log the homegrown harvest

Anyone who grows their own crops can log information on the MYHarvest website about what they are growing and how much they have produced.

Whether your plot is a window-box or an allotment, scientists from the University of Sheffield need your help to measure the quantity of fruit and veg being grown in gardens across the UK. The MYHarvest survey will assess the contribution gardeners make to national food security, determine the yield of staple garden crops, and reveal how much allotment and garden space we need in the future. We currently have a poor understanding of how much homegrown food is produced – this will be the first national estimate in the 21st century – so this research will provide an evidence base to support the provision of land for growing in urban areas.

Roscoe Blevins, a research scientist in the MYHarvest team, says, “We’d love to hear from all gardeners, school groups, city farms, allotment owners and anyone who is growing their own fruit or vegetables – whether they are doing it for the first time or they are an accomplished green-fingered horticulturist.

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“Every piece of information we receive from the nation’s own-growers will be important to the outcomes of this project and we hope taking part will also be a fun way for growers to get the most out of their planting as they compare their own findings with that of others around the country.”

Anyone who grows their own crops can log information on the MYHarvest website about what they are growing and how much they have produced. Find out more and sign up at https://myharvest.org.uk/

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