8th June 2005 to 13th August 2005
With the persistent drone of the A1 in the background acting as a constant reminder of more conventional food production and delivery, Growing Green, the Organic Growers of Durham, continued for 14 years in the belief that a less brutal, more sustainable, means of local food production and distribution was possible. Physically just a space of 6 acres with a polytunnel, potting shed, greenhouse and showman’s caravan office, Growing Green stretched across Darlington, South Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire via its network of members. Like its produce, it grew organically from a small market garden supplying shops, via a bag scheme, to a community of subscribers involved in the growing and distribution of organic vegetables from the ground to their plates.
In October 2005, this ‘experiment in sustainable horticulture’ changed direction with the retirement of Jan, the last employed worker, and the absorption of Growing Green into Bluebell Organics.
These limited edition prints are from a selection taken over the final growing season by Richard Glynn, photographer and Growing Green member. The original intention simply to document the year expanded to include an exploration of the atmosphere of this community, both physical and social, and the beauty of plants growing green.
Opening and Talk by Katrina Palmer and Steve Barker of Bluebell Organics, and photographer Richard Glynn – “Local and Green – An Alternative to the Food Giants?”