Real Food Wythenshawe’s Geodome will hold an official launch in May, marking the occasion with a number of special events throughout the w/c 9th May.
The Geodome is a ‘living classroom’ located at Manchester College’s centre for sustainability, at the back of their Brownley Road Campus in Wythenshawe.
It houses an integrated ecosystem to produce food and has been designed to showcase modern indoor growing techniques and demonstrate what sustainable food production can mean in an urban setting.
It will officially be opened on Monday 9th May by Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Mike Kane Group Chief Executive of WCHG Nigel Wilson, Principal of the Manchester College Lisa O'Loughlin.
Visitors will be able to take a tour of the Geodome and there will be a number of outdoor stalls showcasing some of the fantastic work going on in the area.
On Wednesday 11th there will be a Garden Party, which will be open to members of Public, there will be a pop up badminton net, face painting, market stalls and the opportunity to buy local goods from the Crossacres Craft Group.
Friday 13th will see Animal Care students visiting the Geodome as part of a college workshop day.
Rachel Harding, Food Education and Skills Coordinator for Real Food Wythenshawe said, “The Geodome is a fantastic resource for the people of Wythenshawe and we are delighted to showcase some of the fantastic work going on during the week. Students and Real Food ambassadors are all involved in helping us demonstrate how this technology has minimal environmental impact and can produce good healthy nutritious food. We work with local Schools to encourage learning outside the classroom, through visits and workshops that hopefully inspire and intrigue pupils for the world around them. Activities will link directly to topics that are taught in the classroom and can span many subject areas such as biology, to maths, geography and art. Please come down and see what it’s all about”.
The Real Food Wythenshawe project is a five-year programme to engage and excite the people of Wythenshawe in growing and cooking fresh, sustainable food. It’s a project that aims to reach people across the whole community, supporting them all to lead healthier, lower carbon lifestyles through the food they grow, cook and eat. It’s all been made possible thanks to a grant of £1 million from the BIG Lottery Fund – Communities Living Sustainably (CLS).