Time is at a premium and fewer people have gardens whilst the demand for home-grown fresh veg for homes and restaurants is increasing. In addition the cost of seeds and plants is rising; waiting lists and rental fees for allotments are growing.
i-Grow provides a solution.
What does i-Growoffer?
Where are the allotments?
They are on our farm in East Heckington, Lincolnshire. The land is regarded some of the best producing land in the country and the i-Grow allotments are on the same grade 1 Lincolnshire silt fen land as Abbey Parks asparagus, a speciality crop sold in many top restaurants locally and nationally.
All of the produce grown on the allotments is grown organically in that no chemicals of any kind are used from the time the seeds are planted to us harvesting it and the land is not treated. In the future, we can apply to be organically certified.
What do I get when I purchase an allotment?
We will provide you with an allotment for one year. During that year, we will:
♦ Prepare the land
♦ Install protective fencing
♦ Rotovate the soil
♦ Drill & Plant seeds
♦ Water & Weed
♦ Harvest when ready
♦ Upload photos to the online member' forum
♦ Deliver free to your door in the UK
♦ Offer an optional replant after harvest
Who buys your allotments?
Our owners include:
♦ Children whose parents want them to know about fresh produce and how it is grown. We have even had visits from schools as part of the 'Food for Life' campaign
♦ Chefs in restaurants who have the need for a particular vegetable or herb that has been difficult to source
♦ Chefs who want to be able to cook their own produce
♦ People who have a passion for gardening but are no longer able to cope with the physical efforts
♦ Homeowners who do not have gardens, particularly city dwellers in apartments
♦ People who want to grow their own but simply don't have the time
♦ People who have received their allotment as a gift
How do I purchase an allotment as a gift?
Contact us online, by phone or call in to the shop in East Heckington to purchase a Gift Card. We will either send you the card or send a card directly to the person who you would like to receive it with a message from you. An allotment will be reserved and once the tear-off slip has been returned to us or the gift recipient has registered online they can begin with Step 1 on Becoming and Allotment Owner
What happens if the crops fail?
Although that is possible, it is very unlikely and as we are farmers ourselves, experts in our field (pardon the pun!) and passionate about what we do, we can guarantee a yield for your investment as we will replant your failed row free of charge.
How much does it cost?
An allotment costs £104 per year and 8 rows of veg will cost £21 so the total to get started is £125. There is an option to replant during the year after the initial harvest at a cost of £3 per row - the more that you replant, the more you benefit from having your allotment.
Is there a time when it's best to buy?
No - we can always find something that will grow whatever the time of year. Click on our What to Grow page for more information about planting times and yields.