6 Ways To Support London’s Urban Farming Revolution
London is a hotbed of urban farming and community food growing: we are home to Capital Growth - one of the largest community food growers networks in the world and have five fantastic farms on our urban fringe. Find out how to show your support during this year's Urban Food Fortnight.
Every day London's Urban Farmers and Growers face the challenges of the seasons as well as pressure on land. And for those trying to make a living growing food, they have the added competition of cheap food as a result of our broken food system.
Urban Food Fortnight celebrates and supports urban farmers and growers to thrive in our city and there are a number of ways you can get involved
- Drop into an edible community garden: Capital Growth’s Urban Harvest has curated 16 edible gardens, who will throw open their gates during the fortnight for you to learn, taste and tour these incredible and often hidden gardens.
- Dine on a meal grown in the city: support the restaurants who are sourcing locally – people like OXO Tower who have paired with Sutton Farm to create a very special meal, and Sodo Pizza who buy from Growing Communities and other local producers.
- Talk to an Urban Farmer: join the #FoodTalks at Kings Cross Impact Hub (27 Sept) to hear from Urban Farmer, Alice Holden, about how we reconnect through farming in urban areas, and the success of the Growing Communities Dagenham Farm.
- Learn how to grow your own: whether you have a window box or are looking to experiment with an edible terrarium there is a class for you.
- Visit a farm for dinner: Join one of the unique supperclubs taking place in growing spaces – Crop Drop will host a meal in the glasshouse at Wolves Lane (26 Sept), and Enfield has a feast on Forty Hall Farm (5 Oct).
- And if you really get the bug….find out more about life as an urban farmer with Lessons from the field: a visit and workshop at Keat’s Organics on 5th October. Booking essential.
Check out the full listing at www.urbanfoodfortnight.org
Find out about other Urban Food Fortnight events through our guides:
Capital Growth launched in 2008 to set up 2,012 new community gardens in London has welcomed over 3000 members into the network during this time.
Capital Growth is part of food and farming charity Sustain and receives support from the Mayor of London and Big Lottery Heritage Fund.
Check out the list of garden’s at www.capitalgrowth.org/urbanharvest
London’s peri-urban Farms
- Forty Hall Farm – Enfiled
- Growing Communinities Dagenham Farm
- Keats Organics – Wellng
- Organiclea – Chingford
- Sutton Community Farm – Sutton