The team at food4families

Project Coordinator:

Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Coordinates the Food4Families office from RISC on London Street. She joined the Food4Families team as the Project Coordinator in September 2021, taking over from Sharon.

She is happiest with muddy hands and a cup of tea on her allotment. She is also a Forest School Leader and experienced Community Gardener having etsablished other projects in schools and communities in the Reading area since 2009. When she is not working at Food4Families she can be found teaching in the community.

 

Garden Tutors:

Dave Richards

Dave Richards

Dave is a member of the RISC Collective and designs school and community gardens for F4F. He is responsible for education outreach on the roof garden and delivers training for teachers who want to maximise the educational value of the outdoor classroom. 

Sandra Gough

Sandra Gough

 

Michele Atkins

Michele Atkins

Michele has worked for Food4Families on and off since 2010. During that time she has helped and build some of our gardens, put up several of the poly tunnels, and delivered gardening workshops.

She has been a leading garden tutor at several of our school and Community Gardens. She is currently a garden tutor at Coley Park Community Garden, Whitley Growallot and the F4F Training Base.

She has a love of nature and gardening and enjoys helping people discover the excitement of growing their own fruit and veg, from sowing the seeds, caring for the plants through to harvesting the produce.

Ricky Josey

Ricky Josey

Reading born Ricky is a lifelong environmental awareness promoter, being the community lead for Reading Rescue, Chair of the Oxford Road Community Garden and the F4F tutor for the Katesgrove Community Association allotment at Waterloo Meadows.

Francis Serjeant

Francis Serjeant

Francis joined Food4Families in 2018 as a holiday relief gardener and therefore not based at a specific community garden or allotment but has led several gardening sessions at sites around Reading.

He came to the project from working a stint in the gardening section of Reading Homebase after many years of commuting as a London librarian. He supplements his gardening knowledge gained at Homebase with a long and keen love of gardening together with active involvement as a member of Caversham Horticultural Society.

Queenesh D'silva

Queenesh D'silva

Queenesh is a garden tutor at The Weller Centre in Caversham, a local resident and keen gardener. She has been doing a lot of gardening with her grandparents since she was young; and that's where she got the taste of gardening from.

She is trained in Vegetable Growing and enjoys helping familes . Apart from food growing, I also have a great passion for Anthiruims (Houseplants) and succulents and currently have about 25 different varieties of them.

Shelia Casey

Shelia Casey

Sheila has spent three years at Horticultural College and twenty years in the horticultural industry culminating in teaching long term horticulture to clients who were unemployed, family allotments and allotment gardening for Food4Families.

Charlotte Allchin

Charlotte Allchin

Charlotte joined Food4Families in March 2018 as a garden tutor. She is passionate about the opportunity it offers to connect people of all ages with their local community growing spaces.

With over a decade of teaching experience and her day to day role as a Forest School Leader, Outdoor Play Practitioner and Outdoor Learning trainer, she relishes the many opportunities Food4Families allows to encourage gardening for wildlife, biodiversity as well as sustainable use of water and soil. 

Naomi German

Naomi German

Naomi started working for Food4Families in 2016 after helping to set up Erleigh Road Community Garden on an area of unused land close to where she lives. She runs regular sessions there and at local primary schools as well as propagating plants at the base for Food4Famililes sites.

She has always loved gardening and is a keen advocate of urban community gardening as it means that even if you have limited outdoor space you can still grow fruit and veg, observe nature, meet other people and enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful green space. She recently completed her RHS Level 2 Principles in Horticulture exams and also has experience working in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.

Beth Scott

 

Beth is the garden tutor at Lavender Place.