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London grew, we made, we cooked, we foraged and we saved. We look back at some of our favourite events and ahead to how you can enjoy as urban food all year round.
From 12-26 October, a landmark exhibition on London’s South Bank will celebrate the small, family farmers who produce over 70% of the world’s food.
The end of Urban Food Fortnight is nigh, but whether you like to grow, make, save, cook or just enjoy great food and beverages there are still some outstanding events left that you won't want to miss.
London Food Link and Capital Growth are inviting those looking for their place in the field of good food, to join them for a day of inspiration, discussion and learning. The Roots to Work conference takes place on Thursday 18 October at the Bargehouse, on the Thames as part of the Gaia Foundation We Feed the World Exhibition.
A group of Oxfordshire farmers and their customers, local businesses and national policy specialists will meet on October 9 to discuss the future for local farming and the rural economy, the day before Parliament debates the future of UK farming policy and farm subsidies post-Brexit, as outlined in Secretary of State for farming Michael Gove’s draft UK Agriculture Bill.
A primary school in the Dorset coastal town of Bridport adopted a farm to fork approach to get students and the school community involved in producing, preparing and eating more vegetables.
In March 2017, the local authority earmarked £145,000 to develop innovative community growing projects in the regeneration areas across Aberdeen, the areas with the highest levels of multiple deprivation. Nearly £130,000 has already been shared among a dozen projects with £20,000 still available.
The Glasgow Community Food Network is organising a competition aimed at Glasgow chefs. 16 cafes and restaurants will receive a “mystery” box of vegetables grown in and around Glasgow to create a brand new plant-centred dish.
Sustain’s project partners Sow the City provide a well being garden for those at North Manchester General Hospital.
OrganicLea food-growers co-operative need your help in raising money for a round house in north-east London.
Urban Food Fortnight kicks off today, and with almost 100 events celebrating all that is grown, made, cooked, saved, foraged and fermented in the capital, get ready to slurp, sip and sample the good stuff.
On Saturday 22 September community food growing gardens across the capital will take part in the Urban Harvest, a day to give Londoners a taste of all the fresh and delicious food grown in the city. From sharing a meal to community poems, foraging tours to volunteering, there is a wide range of ways to celebrate in London's edible gardens and enjoy the city's harvest.
The government announces a nationwide pilot to bring seasonal workers from outside the EU to work on British farms for up to six months. Sustain welcomes the news but believes it doesn’t go nearly far enough in filling the labour shortage.
Community Supported Agriculture, who are a member of Sustain, are celebrating their autumn harvests with special events in September and October 2018.
Sustain member The Kindling Trust is holding a range of events to help people transition from small scale food growing to commercial farming. It is part of a national push to create more jobs in growing UK fruit and veg.
The Biodynamic Association, who are a member of Sustain, are holding a series of one day workshops throughout the autumn.
Sustain member the Women’s Environmental Network host a summer gathering of the Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network.
Sustain is pleased that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England touches on food production and access to healthier food.
Shops, farms and producers are celebrating the return of Organic September from Sustain member the Soil Association.
Urban growers from across London came together to share ideas on how food growing can promote good mental health, and learn about social prescribing and social and therapeutic horticulture.
Around 35 budding young growers from nine schools took part in Capital Growth’s School Marketplace at City Hall on 13th July 2018. The event gives London schools the opportunity to sell their produce, preserves, and other school garden goodies.
Sustain member the Gaia Foundation launches new website with all the information you need about ecologically sustainable seed systems.
Somerset’s first food trail - the culinary equivalent of an art trail - takes place 20 July - 29 July.
Cardiff Salad Garden grows high quality salad in an organic way in the heart of Veg City Cardiff.
In light of Asda-Sainsbury’s merger MPs want new power granted to the Groceries Code Adjudicator to prevent main supermarkets dominating groceries market.
Vounder Garden is a pilot horticultural therapy programme run by the Eden Project based in Cornwall. It uses horticulture and gardening to provide weekly sessions over a period of 12 months to support 12 individuals living with anxiety and depression.
The EU council has adopted new regulations for growing organic crops and labelling organic food.
The CSA Network have received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to continue supporting community supported agriculture.
Today the Scottish Food Coalition released a report on their Kitchen Table talks and launched a call for action
Saturday 22 April saw 41 edible gardens from 22 London Boroughs participating in the Big Dig, Capital Growth’s London-wide community growing day, with the temperature reaching a whopping 25°C.
A bumper 2018 strawberry harvest faces the prospect of being left unpicked as UK soft fruit farmers warn of a looming labour shortage. British meat processors also highlighted struggles to fill vacancies in food manufacturing.
New research from Fields in Trust demonstrates that parks & green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health & wellbeing benefits.
Join other food producers from across Scotland for a workshop by Nourish Scotland on working in a local food enterprise.
Calling all Londoners! Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to embrace the outdoors with Capital Growth.
The Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) Open Farm Sunday is approaching. The annual event opens up the farming industry to get the public to see how their food is grown.
The area of land around the world growing LEAF Marque certified crops increased last year by 6% to almost 400,000 hectares.
On Saturday 21 April community gardeners from more than 40 of London’s edible gardens, will welcome new visitors and show them how to grow their own food.
Jim Sikorski has been an NHS doctor for 38 years, and is one of the cofounders of Sydenham Garden, as well as a keen gardener. Ahead of Capital Growth’s seventh Big Dig Day on 21 April and 10 year anniversary, he shares 10 reasons why you should grow food (and get down to your local community garden to do so).
The proposed revisions to the planning policy framework for England are open for consultation. But are the proposals a missed opportunity for a more sustainable food system?
With vegan and vegetarian food becoming mainstream the sector is predicted to grow by 8% each year according to a new report.
The Friends of Ruskin Park are looking for passionate volunteers with a variety of skills to help run this year’s Ruskin Park Wheat Growing project.
Urban growers from across Capital Growth’s network came together earlier this month, to share ideas and kick start the growing season at an event hosted by Urban Growth at Pop Brixton.
Mercato Metropolitano is embracing the sustainable food revolution and converting a red double decker bus into a pick your own strawberry farm in Elephant and Castle.
Sarah Williams, Programme Director at Sustain, reflects on urban farming in London as Capital Growth heads for its tenth anniversary, having supported over 2,700 community food growing spaces.
To mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight new research shows that 26% of Brits never think about who produces their food and almost half of us are unaware of exploitation in the food chain.
Capital Growth has announced seven community food growing sites where they will be running events and training this year, helping them reach more Londoners.
Join London Food Link and friends at the Impact Hub King’s Cross on Thursday 22 March for an evening of digging into the capital’s urban food growing revolution.
In a sign that cultured meat will tip over into the mainstream, the US beef industry want to prevent “fake meat” being labelled as “beef.”
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