The project was started in May 2011, and the Bournville Village Trust have allowed the group to cultivate some unused land behind Raddlebarn Road.

Kushinga in Shona (a Zimbabwean language) means strength, and endurance in times of crisis. It is also a commonly used name for co-operative groups around Africa. At our project we believe in co-operation in the venture of becoming more resilient through food-growing. Food is a powerful tool in the world for creating positive change, both through growing and eating it, and in all cultures it is what brings people together.

The Kushinga Community Garden aims to:

  • grow local and distant food and plants, as well as unusual and heirloom varieties
  • develop the skills of people in land management by learning from them and training them to develop and manage organic plots of land where they will grow produce for their own consumption
  • engender planning skills and impart hope
  • create a welcoming and relaxing space where people can take part in social gatherings, centred around growing and eating food – even if people aren’t into gardening they are welcome to come and socialise
  • create a sense of social cohesion and integration between new communities and resident communities and between local people in their own communities

Committee members are:

  • Derek Bennett (also a Director of Hope Projects)
  • Dot Squier (Selly Oak Methodist Church and local allotment gardener)
  • Felipe Molina (coordinator and community gardener)
  • Sarah Taal (secretary and gardener)
  • Charles Mjawe (community gardener)
  • Almamy Taal (Hope Housing worker)
  • Anusha (community gardener)
  • Ali (community gardener)

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,

    I’m a speech and language therapist at City Hospital, Dudley Road. On Tuesday September 25th i’m Organising an event about bilingualism, called “A world of words”, and am inviting community organisations representing people speaking different languages to have a stall. My hope is that it will be a chance for people to link up and share ideas, as well as an opportunity for health care staff and interpreters to find out more about languages and cultures in the area and barriers to healthcare. I’d like to invite Kushinga to have a stall – I’m part of the Co-op Gardening Club so have visited the garden and heard a little about it.

    Please do contact me if you are able to be involved.

    Best wishes,



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