How can you...Be a Part of GROW?
Join the online discussion
The GROW website is a place to take part in discussions on the topics that matter to you. You can meet, interact and share ideas, tips and best practice.
You can join conversations on special themes and share your growing experience and knowledge. For example, we might be interested in descriptions of your garden design, plots, plant species, vegetable/fruit varieties, seeds, beneficial insects, tools, DIY solutions, ecological pest controls.
GROW will continue to offer opportunities for getting deeper insights into the soil, through the use of easy tests and innovative technologies.
Anyone can take part and there will be experiments you can take part in from anywhere in the world.
Do you grow your own food? Do you have an allotment? Own a small farm? Or have a community or school garden? Do you want to develop your knowledge and skills on soil and growing for food, while taking practical steps to preserve the soil for future generations? Any scale of food grower – from back garden to commercial – can get involved in GROW. Discover more about soil and sustainable practices, join others on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and use simple tools to engage in citizen science on soil.Get involved
Environmental monitoring is both important and limited in what it can achieve at present. GROW, by conducting coordinated citizen science experiments on a wide and carefully planned scale, will help satellite science answer important environmental monitoring questions by measuring soil moisture at high spatial resolution over large geographical areas. This will help with the vital global challenge of climate change adaptation.
Citizen Science involves people volunteering to help scientists answer important research questions – and is one of the ways you can participate in GROW. Citizen science can engage hundreds and thousands of people in conducting simple experiments, providing data that would be too time-consuming to generate through other means.Get involved
It’s important for citizens to play a role in policy making. The European Commission has identified citizen science and use of widely available technology as a way to get citizens involved in decision-making based on data. In practical terms, by getting involved in soil monitoring with GROW, citizens can use the data themselves to influence environmental and agricultural policy. This means that decision-making in the environment, climate change, agriculture and other areas will be better informed at the EU and, via the UN FAO's Global Soil Partnership, the global level. Policy makers can also get involved directly in GROW as co-creators in later experiments, while citizens will be enabled to take part in or even conduct their own future large-scale experiments, having taken part in GROW.Get involved
We are working with a number of GROW Places around Europe where local growers are using soil sensors to collect soil moisture data that is shared with the GROW Observatory, alongside data about their soil texture. In this way, the citizen scientists in these GROW places are helping to solve a major challenge for science and improve climate change models.