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.”
Capital Growth, London's food growing network, has launched a new scheme to help pupils learn science, maths, and more about the environment through growing food.
Last chance to nominate your food heroes for this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards. The nominations will close on 29 January.
The Organic Research Centre is launching a new fund offering loans from £5,000 to £25,000. The Dean Organic Fund will benefit small scale organic farmers and food producers who want to expand their businesses.
The number of full-time farm workers in England fell by almost 4% in 2016 - 2017. The figures from the annual agricultural census show that casual employment during that time rose by 10%.
Nourish Scotland are offering mentor and peer support for 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The deadline to apply is 29th January 2018.
Capital Growth’s third annual Roots to Work conference celebrated five enterprising growers who pitched their ideas to the sixty-strong crowd, at the event on 23 November 2017.
Sustainable farmers across the UK are now uniting together with the help of the RSPB.
Capital Growth and Growing Communities have launched a new guide to growing to sell at the third annual Roots to Work conference, held on 23 November 2017.
The Urban Farming Toolkit is a practical guide to help prospective growers establish and run a successful growing site that generates an income.
The Sustainable Food Trust have calculated that for every £1 we spend on food it costs us an extra £1 in hidden charges.
A new study into the effects of different activities on stress levels has been undertaken by BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor. The BBC2 Programme, which aired on 1st November 2017 found that Green Gym participants reported higher levels of well-being and lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
A peer reviewed report shows that NGOs opposition to genome editing is not due to irrational emotion. Opposition is often grounded on more general scepticisms concerning the framing of the problem and its solutions.
Emmanuel Macron supports a new type of contract based on farmers’ production costs.
20 budding young growers from five schools took part in Capital Growth’s School Marketplace at City Hall on 13th October 2017. The event gives London schools the opportunity to sell their produce, preserves, and other school garden goodies.
The Good Food for London league table published by London Food Link last week, showed councils are continuing to support food growing across the capital.
An independent evaluation of the health benefits of volunteering with the Wildlife Trusts, by researchers at The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex has found that the mental wellbeing of participants improved to a statistically significant effect over a 12-week period.
Garden Organic's project, set up to conserve ancient orchards, nears its conclusion. Its achievements include not just the orchards it has saved but also the 'Orchard Champions' trained to protect them and now using their skills to save others.
All of us at Sustain are sorry to have received news of the death Gus Schumacher, an inspirational food campaigner from the US.
Capital Growth’s 8th autumn open day took place on Saturday 16 September at 27 flourishing community food gardens across London.
It's autumn, which for Sustain member the Orchard Project is the busiest time of year. Orchards all over the country are harvesting fruit, pressing juice and planning for a winter of pruning, planting and eating. But first -- there's time for the annual apple celebration.
Budding growers in Greater Manchester are invited to apply for the Kindling Trust's FarmStart programme this autumn, a great opportunity to spend a year training part-time in commercial organic veg growing, alongside work.
On Saturday 16 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 harvest feasts to hands-on workshops, an annual vegetable show to volunteering, there is a wide range of ways to celebrate in London's edible gardens and enjoy the city's harvest.
Over 50 of London’s food producers, retailers and makers came together on Monday 17 July as part of London Food Link’s Get Connected for Urban Food Fortnight event at the Table Café.
As the Queen's speech confirmed, we are to get a new Agriculture Act after we leave the EU and its Common Agriculture Policy, We had a quick rummage into the past to see what the last one said and it was rather interesting.
The UK's only national charity dedicated to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards is looking for a new Chair and two trustees.
A therapeutic horticulture project at North Manchester General Hospital and in local community gardens to provide activities to aid recovery from mental ill health.
On Monday 17 July, London Food Link will bring together the capital’s enterprising food growers and small-batch producers with sustainable chefs at The Table Café to Get Connected for Urban Food Fortnight 2017.
An accessible new booklet from Sustain member Garden Organic sets out the five key principles of organic gardening -- and there's more to it than avoiding toxic chemicals.
Sustain member Nourish Scotland is collaborating with a new organisation, the Scottish Farm Land Trust, to increase access to land for small-scale ecological agriculture.
Kester Muller quizzes Joris Gunawardena, director of Sutton Community Farm, London’s most productive community food-growing space.
The Soil Association is co-organising a conference to champion the benefits of agroforestry -- the practice of planting crops and trees together.
On 22 April, 48 school and community gardens across London welcomed volunteers for a great day outdoors. From pocket gardens in Islington, to a community farm in Sutton, the day was a huge success for bringing neighbours together and improving the local environment.
Find out at a Women's Environmental Network forum on Sustainable Sustenance, taking place in London on Thursday 22 June.
Garden Organic's summer programme offers courses on topics from composting to wormeries, sessions giving carers 'thyme' to garden, a Seed Festival -- and don't forget 7-13 May is International Compost Awareness Week.
University of Sheffield researchers have calculated that ammonium nitrate fertiliser accounts for 43% of the greenhouse gas emissions produced during the manufacture of a supermarket loaf ‘dwarfing all other processes in the supply chain.’
Where else can you learn to plough with horses, make balms from home-grown herbs and bone up on biochar?
Sustain were pleased to support the launch event - suitably called 'A Place at The Table' with a feast outside DEFRA's London HQ - of the Landworkers Alliance's new report 'Recommendations for Post-Brexit Farm Policy' and their new booklet on small farms.
The Kindling Trust's trial of 'social prescribing' will see patients at a Stockport medical practice offered a healthy veg box, cookery sessions and an opportunity to do some gardening, as an alternative to medicine.
The Ecological Land Cooperative has launched an ambitious public share offer to raise funds for the creation of two new clusters of small farms.
On Saturday 22 April London’s community food gardens will be hosting a day of activities and giving people the chance to learn how to grow their own food. From planting seedlings to garden treasure hunts, there will be opportunities for all ages and abilities to get involved and meet their neighbours.
Sustain member the Permaculture Association is holding an 'Ambassadors conference' to spread the ideas of permaculture and promote ways of creating thriving communities.
A survey conducted for the National Union of Students has found that students are willing to buy local, seasonal and Fairtrade foods -- but a quarter had ocasionally gone hungry because they could not afford food.
Three gardens received match-funding support from Capital Growth for selling produce over the winter, bringing in over £1,000 to their projects
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Projects & campaigns
Better Hospital Food
Children's Health Fund
Children's Food Campaign
Food and Farming Policy
Food co-ops toolkit
Good Food For London
London Food Link
Planning Food Cities
Real Bread Campaign
Roots to work
Save Our Antibiotics
Sugar Smart UK
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig
Urban Food Fortnight