I met Jayne Bradley at Edible Eastside on my third Social Enterprise visit. Based in Digbeth, this is a vibrant urban gardening project, with 2 members of staff, on a gated plot of land, running alongside the Digbeth Branch of the Birmingham canal. Edible Eastside runs a membership scheme where people pay for a key to access the garden, to tend mini plots in raised beds, growing vegetables and herbs in the heart of the city.
Based in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, this business is one of a host of small and medium sized businesses in the Digbeth area, many of which are creatively focussed. Edible Eastside also hosts a range of events across the year in its canal-side garden, sometimes including pizza, cooked in an earth oven (see image below). The business hosts events and other projects, frequently involving performance/the arts.
Jayne has recently expanded her activities to include Kitchen School, a new business she’s developing alongside Edible Eastside, to help you find ‘your inner chef’.
Image Credits: Sarah Spanton