SQUASH NUTRITION

Home-grown and rooted in Liverpool 8, Squash Nutrition is a food, arts and environmental-focused social enterprise, committed to long-term, participatory social change. Our backgrounds are in horticulture, town planning, visual arts, cooking, film-making, theatre, teaching and architecture and this expertise allows for bold, creative and different approaches. Since 2007 we’ve been growing our socially-engaged practice in order to help make L8 a fairer, more economically robust and happier sort of place to live.

We are a not for profit open membership organisation and are accountable to our community, working alongside local residents, embracing food as an essential tool to improve health and well-being. We provide urban agriculture, cooking and craft skills-training and offer meaningful work & volunteering opportunities. We also create special seasonal events & festivals including the annual Food for Real Festival. We co-produce wellbeing programmes and projects with valued partners including community and arts organisations, social value businesses, Liverpool CCG, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Food People, and Liverpool’s Universities.

The next phase of this journey is the move into our new building! The new community food hub on Windsor Street is a pioneering, community-led eco-building and food garden that will be home to dynamic, progressive and integrated plant-based food practice. The building has been planned and designed by local residents since 2014 and is due to open in Winter/Spring 2018.

NEW COMMUNITY FOOD HUB

What will it be home to?

-  a healthy, affordable food shop and café
-  a food growing garden
-  a community kitchen and an enterprise kitchen
-  a small cinema and making studio
-  a beautiful community building for everyone to use and be proud of!

What will it provide?

- regular opportunities to share food together as a community
-  volunteer & apprentice opportunities and jobs
-  seasonal gatherings including film screenings, music and talks
-  food entrepreneur incubator programmes
-  cook/chef run cultural food events
-  an affordable space to hire for meetings, events, conferences & parties
-  training in nutrition, cooking, food growing, craft & arts skills and low carbon living

Who is it for?

-  for people living in L8
-  for people from across Liverpool and for visitors to the city
-  for bees, insects, birds and shoots, leaves and trees

How was it designed?

The building was planned by a team of 30 local people working with community design specialist architecture firm Urbed, who together want to make a friendly, ecological, beautiful, green and welcoming space for everyone!

What is it built of?

The building has a timber frame and is timber clad. This is the greenest and most environmentally friendly way to make a building.  The design team have thought very carefully about all aspects of the construction:

-  the roof is made of recycled steel from Wales
-  the foundation is made of recycled glass
-  the wood for the building (larch) is from Scotland and is FSC-certified
-  the insulation is made from recycled newspaper
-  the electricity is generated through using solar panels on the roof!

How was it funded who will run it?

A lot of local people put in a lot of voluntary hours to apply to Social Investment Business Fund for a grant to lease the land and build the building. We raised essential funds through a crowdfunder, Plunkett Foundation, Biffa, Liverpool NHS, Liverpool One Foundation, Tudor Trust, Marks and Spencer Energy Fund, Power to Change/Big Lottery and through donations from Howdens Kitchens and support from Liverpool City Council.

The project will be run by Squash Nutrition, our members and the local steering group.

Also - pop by for a cuppa and a chat any Friday morning between 10am and noon at our beautiful Grapes Community Food Garden also on Windsor St, L8 1XE (next door to Toxteth TV).