Carfin Street Gardens

Photo by Iain McLellanCarfin Street Gardens is a growing project addressing food insecurity, offering 43 raised beds outside the People’s Pantry. Easily accessible, visitors can harvest fresh herbs and salad leaves or simply relax in the peaceful gardens. The project transformed a highly built-up area into a lush, self-contained growing space.

Join us for our weekly gardening sessions where we will be sowing seeds, watering plants and learning about growing vegetables, fruits and herbs. This is a drop in session so please come for as long or as little as you wish. We will be outside come rain or shine, so please wear weather appropriate clothing.

2024 weekly gardening sessions 10am -1pm:

– Thursday 30th May
– Monday 3rd June
– Monday 10th June
– Monday 17th June
– Monday 24th June
– Thursday 4th July
– Monday 8th July
– Monday 15th July
– Thursday 25th July
– Monday 29th July

In its first year, the project engaged 80 participants and delivered 6 workshops on sustainable growing during the summer of 2022. Participants received materials, seeds, and equipment to manage the raised beds. Additionally, 30 window boxes were distributed for home gardening, supporting innovative approaches to understanding food’s role in their lives.

For more info email the session facilitator, Fi at

Carfin Street Gardens

Free Food Stall

Our free food stalls is not taking place currently. It usually takes place on Victoria Road next to Lidl. You can enjoy our soups and salads made with food from The Pantry. You can also volunteer for this project and help with the running of the stall when it returns.

The Hidden Kitchen

Returning on April 23 2024

The Hidden Kitchen is taking a short break before the next block begins! They will return at The People’s Pantry on the 23rd of April. Every Tuesday you’ll be able to get your freshly cooked meal as part of your shop.

We are really grateful for their hard work, as they have been cooking up a storm since the start of the year. If you would like to send them some feedback, send us an email and we’ll forward the message to them. All feedback is welcomed!

Past Projects

Window Box Series

This summer, Carfin Street Gardens provided 30 window boxes for home food growing. Through 6 workshops, participants learned to grow radishes, rocket, herbs, lettuces, and wildflowers on their windowsills, engaging in the full growing cycle from seed to harvest.

If you would like a window box this year then please get in touch with Fi who will let you know when the sessions are running again. Contact:

Outside five women are grouped round a table planting seeds in window boxes.

First Harvest Community Meal

As part of this year’s Govanhill International Festival, Carfin Street Gardens hosted a community meal to celebrate our first year of food growing. Over 70 attendees enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by local residents and participants of the ‘Introduction to Growing’ program, along with contributions from Kin Kitchen, a volunteer-run vegan community food project focusing on sustainability.

Outside dozens of people are sitting at tables eating and talking