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).
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.
New research estimates that 100-180 million tonnes of food could be grown each year in urban areas. This could make up 10% of the global output of legumes, root, tubers and vegetable crops.
Capital Growth has announced seven community food growing sites where they will be running events and training this year, helping them reach more Londoners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capital Growth’s 8th autumn open day took place on Saturday 16 September at 27 flourishing community food gardens across London.
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.
Japanese and UK food policy conversations take place amidst the apple blossom, between Sustain and Mrs Akie Abe, spouse of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
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.
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.
Three gardens received match-funding support from Capital Growth for selling produce over the winter, bringing in over £1,000 to their projects
Unlocking Networks highlights the inner workings of London's food growing network, and its success in nuturing members.
Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens through our hands-on session in garden across London
Capital Growth is pleased to be working with six exemplary gardens this season as community hubs for volunteer open days and training sessions across London.
On Friday 25 November over 50 people gathered for Capital Growth’s second Roots to Work conference, to help kick start their food growing careers and enterprises, with three new enterprises receiving funding on the day.
A new book by Abigail Willis covering London's best gardens, and featuring the wonderful edible gardens of the Capital Growth network, is now available.
Capital Growth successfully runs over 30 food growing sessions, involving over 300 people across the city from March to October 2016.
Capital Growth have produced an easy-to-use guide to help assess how wildlife friendly your garden grows.
Capital Growth have joined forces with the London Freedom Seed Bank to kick-start a seed saving programme to help Londoners regain the critical skills needed to save seeds.
On 13 October, Capital Growth ran a School Marketplace at City Hall for schools from across the capital to sell delicious fruit, vegetables, preserves and other treats from their school gardens.
London Grows Wild is a practical guide to help urban food growers incorporate wildlife-friendly practices and principles into their gardens.
On Saturday 17 September 2016, community food growing gardens across the capital will host Urban Harvest Feasts to celebrate the start of autumn and give visitors a taste of how much delicious, fresh food is grown within the city.
The draft plan calls for more public participation and new initiatives in urban planning, as well as the need for secure and accessible food growing sites across London
Capital Growth were intereviewed for Newsnight about 'living the good life'. The piece showcased the beautiful Capital Growth Allotment Garden in Regent's Park.
The role of food growing in improving health and developing skills and jobs has been highlighted in a new essay written by Capital Growth, London’s food growing network.
On Saturday 9 July, fourteen community food growing gardens across the city will offer wellbeing activities for Londoners, including foraging tours, mindfulness sessions and herbal workshops.
The Growing Enterprise Guide offers urban growers detailed advice and practical information about how to sell what you grow in the city, whether at a small scale, like farmgate sales and one-off events, or as a full-fledged business.
This report presents new findings based on data collected during the 2014 growing season, using Capital Growths innovative online tool – the Harvest-ometer. This was launched in 2013 by Capital Growth to help people growing food to record and keep track of their harvest, while also gathering data on food production in the city as a whole.
There are many benefits to taking on farm-based trainees and this document is aimed at farmers interested in doing so, with a step by step guide on things to consider and how to go about starting out. It also contains a number of great case studies to inspire farmers and trainees alike. The guide has been developed by Groundspring Network, the Organic Growers Alliance and Sustain, building on Sustains previous Future Farmers publication which aimed to support urban growing traineeships.
Over 40 edible gardens across the capital are inviting people new to ‘growing their own’ to get involved in the fifth annual Big Dig Day on Saturday 16 April.
Capital Growth is challenging schools to grow and measure as much food as they can with an easy to use online tool called the Harvest-ometer.
The Woodland Trust has 3,250 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups this autumn, with the closing date for applications being 6th January 2016.
Three London schools have won Capital Growth Summer Photo-competition thanks to brilliant pictures showing off their garden, as well as pupil and volunteer enthusiasm in growing food.
Now in its sixth year, the training programme run mainly from the Allotment Garden in The Regent’s Park, trains hundreds of people each season in topics ranging from wildlife gardening to growing salads, building a pond and food growing sessions for young people.
London should build on its proud history of wildlife conservation and reputation as a surprisingly green city, to create a more colourful city in which both people and pollinators can thrive, according to a new report launched today by Capital Bee.
The guide to running an urban growing traineeships, produced by Capital Growth and Growing Communities, was presented as part of a series of talks on how to encourage new entrants into farming. The session, hosted by the Landworkers Alliance, saw many organisations coming together to share ideas on how to get more people into a career in farming.
Capital Growth has been championing new and existing urban farms for the last five years, focusing on sharing the recipe for a successful food growing enterprise through its Growing Enterprise support.
This landmark report, Reaping Rewards, tracks the achievements of the Growing a Million Meals for London campaign, run by the Capital Growth network, helping 160 community food growing spaces in London to record over 21 tonnes of produce, worth over £150,000. On this basis, we estimate that London's community food growers could be growing as much as £1.4 million worth of food over the course of a year.
Every year, Capital Growth carries out a survey of its community food growing spaces. This survey allows us to find out about the people involved, assess the value of the support the network offers and helps inform its future development. This year's survey, sent out early 2014, asked members about their activities in 2013.
This toolkit provides a useful overview and top tips of how you can improve the yield of your growing site.
This guide has been developed by Neighbourhoods Green, Capital Growth and Planning Aid for London to share learning and good practice from communities and social landlords who have been involved in food growing initiatives on social housing owned land.
Capital Growth has launched Harvest Mob, a new volunteering project giving people the chance to get involved in one-off volunteering opportunities.
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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