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Growhampton is a sustainability initiative with a big focus on food. The Hive café and our edible campus provides opportunities for students, staff and the local community to get involved with sustainable food by volunteering and becoming an ethical consumer while enjoying delicious, healthy food and drink.

Growhampton has created created a vibrant edible garden surrounding The Hive - an ethical cafe constructed from two former shipping containers and upcycled furnature. The products sold at The Hive are local, organic and ethical with the social enterprise meeting a triple bottom line.

The Hive is a huge success, decorated with a Soil Association Organic Award, as well as being a Green Gown award finalist in the food and drink category.

Growhampton works in partnership with local charities and social enterprises such as the Feel Good Bakery, an organisation which offers opportunities to young people who want to turn away from crime. They use the produce from the garden to create delicious sandwiches, sold through the Hive - a relationship which radiates a positive impact across the campus and community.

It's not just about food - it's about a much wider lifestyle of sustainability. Weekly events at The Hive include Dr Bike, providing bike maintenance and selling affordable refurbished bikes, live acoustic lunch time sessions, and a pop up thrift shop selling clothes donated by students moving out of halls at the end of the last academic year, as well as weekly market days to sell veg boxes and pr.

Few cafes can boast that they use produce with absolutely zero food miles, but for Growhampton it's the norm. Turning the campus into a biodiverse, edible space while providing a new social space for ethical food, Growhampton embeds sustainability into the heart of campus life.

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