Sustainable Wellbeing at MindFood

MindFood is an Ealing-based charity supporting people with depression, anxiety and stress to improve their wellbeing through gardening, mindfulness & creativity.

MindFood raised bed management

London National Park City Ranger Ciaran Biggins co-founded MindFood in 2012 and the charity has grown and expanded since then, now offering a range of courses and sessions including growing wellbeing sessions, naturally creative sessions and support for participation from home.

In 2023, funding from London National Park City via Right Thing Media, allowed the extension of MindFood’s Sustainable Wellbeing programme by 12 weeks, directly supporting 26 people by reconnecting them with nature, teaching food-growing and practising wellbeing self-care techniques like mindfulness.

The programme guarantees all 5 ways to wellbeing with every visit:

  • Taking Notice
  • Connecting
  • Being Active
  • Learning
  • Giving

Participants were able to take home food they had helped to grow, and there was also a surplus to share with the local Food Bank – Food Store Cupboard – which specialises in fresh produce.

MindFood veg growing

As well as prepping the growing beds and polytunnel for Spring, participants sowed seeds and nurtured young plants for the Grow Some Share Some veg plant giveaway that takes place annually in April. 

Well over 1000 plants (tomatoes, sugar snap peas, lettuces, patty pans, cucumbers, pumpkins, herbs and companion flowers) were donated to 31 local primary and SEND schools, helping to promote food-growing in schools and inspiring a new generation to care for the planet, and be nourished by it in return.

This film, launched earlier this year, helps to illustrate the amazing impact of MindFood’s work.

You can find out more about the charity, projects and courses via the MindFood website and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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