How can I..get involved with GROW?

All food growers, from back garden growers to commercial growers, and people passionate about soils, land management and the changing climate, can get involved in GROW. Here are the various ways you can take part, all of them free.

Take a GROW online course

Thousands of people have participated in our online courses, and we’ve more learning opportunities coming. Throughout the year we run online courses that teach you about GROW themes, including: understanding your soil; how to adopt more sustainable growing practices; how data from GROW Places can be used to understand a changing climate. Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky; Citizen Science: Sensing the World; Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food; Citizen Science: From Data to Action

Check the FutureLearn website for dates of upcoming courses. Once you have signed up, courses are available to view even when they are not officially running.

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Join a GROW Place community and collect data with a soil sensor

Discover the link between your soil, satellites and climate science! If you live in one of our 9 GROW Places across Europe you could receive a free soil moisture sensor that will equip you with useful data about your soil.

Below you can read more about the purpose of collecting this data for our Changing Climate mission.

If you live in or near one of the areas listed below, please fill in this form.

Evros & Laconia (Greece), Southeast and Northwest (Ireland), Miskolc (Hungary), Barcelona (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Tayside & Central belt (Scotland), Vienna (Austria), ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Use the GROW Observatory app to improve your growing

You can use our app to explore the Edible Plant Database. Here, you can discover which edible plants are best to grow in your local area, when to plant and when to harvest them.

Download for Android or iOS.

Share your local planting dates

We are asking growers around Europe to help us crowdsource the ideal local planting dates for edible plants. Planting dates on seed packets are not tailored to the varying climates around Europe so we are asking for your help to compile a more comprehensive, location-specific list of dates. This will feed into our GROW Observatory app. Please use the Share my planting calendars Facebook group to contribute dates or email them to calendar@growobservatory.org

Take part in online discussions

There is a lively discussion forum on this website where you can share your experiences and ask questions about growing, soils, experiments, activities and events. Join the discussions here.

You can also chat and share with us on social media. Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have vibrant, interactive communities. Join in on whichever platforms you use and watch GROW videos on Youtube. Comment, ask questions, share pictures - whatever works for you.

Experience the GROW data art commission

You can download By the Code of Soil, an online networked digital artwork that uses data generated in GROW Places to create unique audio-visual representations on your computer. By the Code of Soil connects participants with invisible networks above and below ground level. Launched on 5 December as part of GROW’s activities for World Soil Day 2018, By the Code of Soil is by Kasia Molga, Scanner and GROW Observatory in collaboration with Erik Overmeire and Dan Hett. It is connected with the VERTIGO STARTS residency programme.

GROW Missions

GROW Missions are sets of themed activities: GROW has two Missions - the Changing Climate mission takes place in 9 GROW Places and the Living Soils mission is for anyone, anywhere.

You can be part of both missions if you are in one of our GROW Places.

Changing Climate Mission

In the Changing Climate mission we are deploying several thousand soil sensors around Europe, which send soil moisture data back to the GROW Observatory. These data are used to validate soil moisture readings taken by European Space Agency satellites and to inform decisions by food growers and policy makers, helping society adapt to extreme climate events.

We are focusing the sensors in a limited number of areas because a high density of measurements is the most valuable to science and there is a limited supply of the low cost soil sensor we are using in GROW.

Living Soils Mission

In this mission participants learn about soil, growing and regenerative growing practices through free online courses. We are also looking for growers to share their planting calendars to help us compile a comprehensive, location-specific list of planting dates for Europe. You can get involved with this mission wherever you are.

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