The Oxford Garden Project (theOGP) is a not for profit social enterprise led by Robert and Yvonne Longstaff from their 1.5 acre site in Longworth, Oxfordshire.
Although based in Oxfordshire the project now works in 7 counties, London and overseas, and offers a new and innovative programme which aims to teach the skills need to complete the cycle of food from plot to plate. It has developed from courses and project work with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Oxford Adult Education Department and local community groups across Oxfordshire. We will be working with informal partnerships at the local and national level. This project provides:
- Practical skills-based courses (e.g. food growing, composting, seasonal cooking, storing and preserving, bee and chicken keeping, arts and crafts).
- Vocational training to long-term unemployed individuals and adults with special needs and volunteering opportunities for the local community.
- An outreach programme to provide support in food production to local community groups, schools, and colleges.
- A working garden accessible to the public to demonstrate varied growing techniques relevant to any size of garden.
The project offers courses, talks, demonstrations, advice, mentoring, consultancy, escorted tours and garden visits, both at our own site and other venues.